Apple Watch Series 6: the best tips and tricks to get the most out of it | Digital Trends Spanish
The combination of the Apple Watch Series 6 and the new WatchOS 7 software is powerful: Apple’s newest smartwatch comes with several improvements and various useful functions that can help you in your daily life, as long as you are aware of everything that this watch can do for you. For this reason, we made a list of our favorite tricks and best tips to take advantage of the full potential of the Apple Watch Series 6.
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Quickly charge your smartwatch
He Apple Watch Series 6 finally offers fast charging support for high-voltage chargers, so you can speed things up and reduce the downtime of your watch. However, third-party chargers will be needed to catch up to the new charging standard, so for now, the best way to take advantage of this fast charge is to use the 10-watt charger that comes with the Apple Watch.
Use the always-on display more efficiently
Apple watches have had always-on displays for a couple of series, allowing the watch to display alerts and useful data without the need to activate or unlock the watch. The Series 6 takes this to another level with two useful improvements that you should know about.
One improvement is that the always-on display is now much brighter than on previous watches – Apple has purposely made this to make it easier to read at a glance. Fortunately, you don’t need to do anything to enable this, you just have to enjoy it. The other improvement is that the always-on screen now has direct control, this way, you can touch the screen to access basic functions without unlocking the watch. You can access applications, your notification center to take a closer look at a message and open the Control Center, all at any time.
Activate Siri with a flick of the wrist
Do you like to use voice commands for Siri with your Apple Watch? The Series 6 has a very useful new feature for this: simply raise your wrist at any time and give Siri a command, without the need to say “Hey Siri”. The flick of your wrist will automatically let Siri know that you are ready to listen without having to unlock the watch, so you can give immediate commands or ask quick questions. This feature is so intuitive that we can’t believe it wasn’t included before.
Keeps track of oxygen levels in the blood
For the Series 6, Apple has redesigned the way it measures certain health factors and added the ability to measure blood oxygen levels (or Sp02 data). You can find this option in the Health application, in the Breathing section, or you can enter the dedicated Blood Oxygen application that includes WatchOS now.
The watch can also monitor blood oxygen measurements multiple times throughout the day, allowing you to check how much oxygen your body is receiving over time and keep a history. Apple cautions that this should not be used to diagnose any specific conditions, but it can give an idea of general respiratory health. In fact, in some cases, doctors may be interested in verifying the data provided by the watch along with other tests.
Use the new and improved altimeter
Apple has redesigned the altimeter in the Series 6. It continues to track your elevation, but now it offers real-time elevation changes using a more powerful and accurate sensor. This really makes the altimeter useful now – hikers, climbers, skiers, and surveyors can now use the tool to track elevation changes in real time, even if it’s only a foot or two apart.
Control the universal volume of Now Sounds with the digital crown
The digital crown or “Digital Crown”In English, is the fancy name of the rotary dial on the side of the watch, which is used to go to the main display. On the Series 6, when you’re playing any audio in Now Playing mode, you can turn the Digital Crown to control the volume.
Use Cinema mode
If you ever find yourself in a situation where the light or noise from your Apple Watch is unwanted, the Control Panel now includes an option called Cinema mode. Activate it and it will keep the clock screen dark until you manually activate it again, regardless of the alerts or notifications you receive.
Similarly, if your Apple Watch suddenly starts ringing at a time when you need silence, such as during a meeting, just cover it with the palm of your hand. The watch will detect this and automatically stop what it was doing, so you can continue in peace.
Wash your hands with confidence
It’s no surprise that hand washing has become a more important activity lately and the Apple Watch Series 6, combined with the latest WatchOS 7 software updates, can play a surprisingly relevant role.
It has a passive ability that uses a set of sensors to detect when you are washing your hands (listening to the flow of water, noticing the movements of the hands, etc.). After detecting this, the watch will start a hidden 20 second timer for your hand washing. If you stop before 20 seconds are up, the watch will send you a quick vibration to let you know that you should probably continue washing your hands. Why? Because to prevent diseases, washing must last 20 seconds, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is not a measure invented by Apple.