8 Hidden Apple Watch Features

Apple Watch has a ton of interesting features you might not know about

A man checking his heart rhythm with Apple Watch


The Apple Watch has obvious standout features, including the ability to make and receive phone calls, get directions and monitor your movement. Beyond these basic abilities, Apple packed other small but interesting features in the Watch that are worth looking at. Here are a few of the hidden Apple Watch features that make the wearable even more powerful.

Take Screenshots

Want to show someone what an app looks like on your Apple Watch? Take a screenshot on the watch by holding down the side button on the watch and tapping the digital crown. The screen flashes and you hear a shutter sound. Screenshot images are saved to the Photos folder inside your iPhone's Photos app where you can access them later on or tap the Share button and text the screenshot to a friend.

You must enable screenshots in the Watch app on your iPhone before you can take any screenshots on the watch. In the Watch app, tap My Watch at the bottom of the screen, tap General, and scroll down to Enable Screenshots. Activate the feature with the slider next to the entry.

Silence Your Watch by Covering It Up

When you’re done using your Watch, you can make the screen power off by putting your hand over it for a few seconds. If you are in a meeting or movie, hold your hand over the display until you feel the watch buzz to put it into silent mode quickly.

Find Your iPhone With Your Watch

If you’ve misplaced your iPhone, you can use your Apple Watch to track it down. Just swipe up on your Apple Watch display to display the control panel screen. Tap on the iPhone icon to have your phone make a dinging noise. This feature requires you to be in Bluetooth range of your phone, so it’s not going to do you any good if you left your phone at the bar down the street, but it can make it easy to pinpoint where your iPhone is in your living room if it found its way under the sofa. 

Return to the Last App

If you need to return to the last app you were using, you don’t have to go through the Apple Watch’s menu to get there. Double-press the digital crown to launch the last app you were using instantly. This can be a lifesaver if you need to do something like pull up your plane ticket while you're in the boarding line.

Change the Default Text Messages

You’re not stuck with the default text messages that came on the Apple Watch. Customize the built-in messages with your flair by going into the Watch app on your iPhone, selecting My Watch > Messages > Default Replies. From there you’ll be able to see all the replies that are currently loaded onto your iPhone and can swap out the ones you don’t like with something new. If you find yourself constantly sending the same messages to friends, this is the place to put them so you have easy access to them later on.

Clear All Notifications at Once

Tired of clearing notifications on your Watch one at a time? You can clear all the notifications you have on the device at once by pressing and holding on the notifications screen. Tap that button that appears to confirm the deletion, and they’ll all disappear. Having a clean notification center ensures the messages you want to see don't get buried in old ones you don't care about.

Talk to Siri

You don’t have to use a button to launch Siri. The digital assistant responds to you if you say “Hey Siri!” while the Watch face is activated. This feature can be fantastic when you have both hands occupied cooking or cleaning and don't want to get your watch dirty asking a question.

Share Your Location via Messages

Sharing your location is simple on the Apple Watch through the Messages app. If you’re texting with someone on the Watch, press and hold on the screen to get a Send Location button. Tap that button to instantly to send the person you’re chatting with a pin with your current coordinates. That makes it super easy for the person to navigate to your exact location, be it a restaurant or a patch of grass at a large outdoor concert.