Everything You Can Do With Force Touch on Apple Watch

Use these Apple Watch tips to get more done

How to use Force Touch on Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch's Force Touch feature is the wearable's version of 3D Touch on iPhone. Both let you unlock new options and shortcuts by pressing on your device's screen, though it isn't always obvious when you can do this. But once you know about everything you can do with Force Touch on Apple Watch, it'll become even more useful and convenient.

Using Force Touch with Notifications

If the notifications are piling up on your Apple Watch, Force Touch will help you clear them all at once. From the Notifications screen (after swiping down from your watch face), press down on your screen, then tap Clear All.

Clearing all notifications on Apple Watch

You can also change settings for individual notifications by pressing on them. This will open a menu that lets you deliver them quietly from that app or turn them off completely.

Manage Apple Watch Faces

Force Touch can also help you give your Apple Watch a new look and customize it. You can also delete the faces you're done with.

Create and Customize Apple Watch Faces

From your current watch face, press the screen to open a menu that will let you adjust the settings on your current face (including complications and colors) or pick a new one.

Choosing a new face on Apple Watch

Either tap Customize to change your current settings or swipe left and tap the Plus under "New" to pick a new face.

Create a Watch Face from a Photo

While you're customizing your watch face, you can make one using any photo in your library. Open Photos on your Apple Watch, select the picture you want to use, then press it. Tap Create Watch Face, then tap either Photos Face or a Kaleidoscope Face. The latter will let you turn the Digital Crown to create different effects based on the photo you selected.

Making an Apple Watch face from a photo

The Kaleidoscope watch face is only available on watchOS 4 or later.

Delete Apple Watch Faces

If you have old faces on your Apple Watch you don't want to use anymore, Force Touch will help you get rid of them. From your current face, press the display to pull up the selection and customization screen, then swipe left to the one you want to delete. Swipe up and tap Remove to clear the unwanted face.

Change the App Display Options

By default, Apple Watch apps appear in a honeycomb-like pattern you can customize through the Watch app on your iPhone, but it isn't always easy to find things this way. If you'd rather have an alphabetical list of your apps, you can have one.

Switching between app views on Apple Watch using Force Touch

When looking at your watch face, press the Digital Crown to bring up the App Screen, then press on the display. Tap List View to get the new look.

Change Settings in Activity

Force Touch works in the Activity app to help you check your progress and change some settings. With the app open, press the screen to open a menu with two options. Weekly Summary will show you your total progress for the current week, including calories you've burned, flights of stairs you've climbed, and steps.

Adjusting the Move goal on an Apple Watch

Change Move Goal lets you adjust how many calories you need to burn to close the red Move ring. Tap the + and - to move the goal in 10-calorie increments, then tap Update once you have it properly set.

Using Force Touch in Calendar

Your Apple Watch's Calendar app contains several options that become available with Force Touch. Here's how to use it to manage your events and make it to them on time.

Choosing the View in Calendar

Calendar lets you look at your upcoming events and appointments in four different ways: List, Up Next, Day, and Today. With one of them open, use Force Touch to open a menu that lets you choose one of the other three.

Changing the view in Calendar on Apple Watch

List View shows your next week's events in a single list; Up Next lets you scroll through them individually using the Digital Crown; Day gives you an hour-by-hour breakdown of a particular day's events, and Today limits that list to just the current date. You can switch between them to pick the one that works best for your workload.

Getting Directions to an Event

It's not always enough to know when an appointment is. It also helps to be able to find the place. Force Touch can help with this, too. When you're looking at an event on your Apple Watch, press the screen to pull up a couple of options.

Tap Directions to open the Maps app and create a route (or several) for you. Tap the one you want, and you can proceed to your destination as usual. If you're done with the activity, tap Delete to remove it from your docket.

Using Force Touch with Maps

The Maps app on Apple Watch also has some Force Touch options. From the Map screen, you can switch between the Standard Map and the Transit Map. Transit shows you bus and train routes for your area if they're available.

Transit Maps aren't available in every city.

You can also use the Search option to browse nearby businesses and search for specific places using either dictation or Scribble. You can also look up your contacts' addresses if you have them saved in your phone.

If you're in the middle of going somewhere and decide you don't need Maps' help anymore, you can also cancel the driving directions. Force Touch in the middle of navigating, then tap End to stop the step-by-step instructions.

How to Use Force Touch with Camera

One of the Apple Watch's more interesting uses is its ability to serve as a remote for the camera on an iPhone it's paired with. The smaller screen doesn't provide quite enough space for all the controls you might need, but you can press the screen to find the rest.

Camera options on Apple Watch

Using Force Touch in the Apple Watch's Camera app lets you flip between the iPhone's forward and rear-facing modes, turn the flash on or off, use HDR Mode, and toggle Live Photos on and off.

Changing the Language in Mail and Messages

The iPhone and Apple Watch support dozens of languages for both text and dictation, and if you're multilingual, it's quick to switch between them.

Choosing the language in Messages on Apple Watch

If you're writing a text or an email, press the screen with a message or thread open, then tap Choose Language. Use the Digital Crown to scroll through the available languages and tap the language you want.

Other Uses in Mail

If you're reading your emails on your Apple Watch, Force Touch gives you some options for what to do next. Press the screen with a message open to choose to reply, flag, trash, archive, or mark it as unread.

You will have different options depending on your email provider.

You can also create a new email from your inbox with Force Touch. Simply press the screen, then tap New Message to start writing.

Other Uses in Messages

Along with creating new messages like in Mail, Force Touch also gives you some extra options within conversations in Messages. With a thread open, Force Touch lets you reply, see the details of the contact you're talking to, and send your location to your friend.

Using Force Touch in Stocks

If you use Stocks on your Apple Watch to keep an eye on your investment portfolio, Force Touch will help you manage the info from your wrist. From the main screen, press the display to see the change in stock value by points or percentage, or see the stock's current total market value.

How to change the view in Stocks on Apple Watch

If you want to delete a stock from your list, tap it from the main screen, then Force Touch it and tap Remove.

Changing Homes in Home

The Home app is a central hub that lets you control all of the smart devices in your house. It even lets you set up multiple locations. From the main screen, use Force Touch, tap Change Home, then tap the location you want to start controlling.

How to change homes in Home on Apple Watch

Show or Hide Completed Tasks in Reminders

If you keep a to-do list in the iPhone's Reminders app, you can look at everything on it from your Apple Watch. Using Force Touch also lets you decide whether to show or hide the items you've crossed off of it. Press the screen, then tap either Hide or Show Reminders (depending on which is currently selected) to change the setting.

How to Use Force Touch with Remote

Remote lets you control your Apple TV or iTunes Library from your wrist. Press the watch screen to add another device or manage the ones you already have set up.

How to change AirPlay sources using Force Touch on Apple Watch

If you're using Remote to control iTunes, Force Touch will also let you use Airplay to output the audio to a Bluetooth device or Apple TV. With a song open, press the screen, tap Airplay, then tap the device you want to use.

Remove a Card from Apple Pay

If you have any credit or debit cards saved to use with Apple Pay, you'll find them stored in the Wallet app. To remove ones that have expired, or just ones you don't want saved anymore, tap the card, press the screen, then tap Remove Card.

How to Use Force Touch with Weather

The Weather app gives you a quick idea of what the conditions are like in your location and others. Force Touch lets you decide whether to display forecasts for conditions, temperature, and chance of precipitation. This menu is also where you'll delete a city you're tracking from the app; just tap Remove.

How to check conditions in Weather on Apple Watch

How to Use Force Touch with Clock Apps

The Apple Watch breaks iOS' Clock app into four separate ones — World Clock, Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch — and Force Touch has special applications in most of them.

In World Clock, press the watch display with a city open to remove it; you can add a new alert in Alarms; in Stopwatch, you can choose between four different displays.

How to display different stopwatches on Apple Watch

These are just the uses of Force Touch for Apple's own apps. Third-party games and programs might have their own uses of the function, but you'll have to press around to see what you can do.