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61 Exciting Things You Can Do With the Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch is a smartwatch that connects to your iPhone to deliver notifications, make calls, send texts, and run apps. There are many things the Apple Watch can do. Here are 61 of the most exciting things you can do with the Apple Watch in 2020.

This includes watchOS 6 features and Apple Watch 5 features, but most of these work on any Apple Watch. If you are looking to buy one, Apple currently sells the Apple Watch 3 and Apple Watch 5, but you can find some Apple Watch 4 deals as well.

Whether you are hoping to buy an Apple Watch, hoping to get the Apple Watch as a gift, or looking for more to do with the watch you already own, this is the definitive look at the cool things the Apple Watch can do.

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This is more than just an iPhone on your wrist. When you understand what you can do with the Apple Watch it becomes an amazing tool to help you get through your day, be more productive, lose weight, get in shapesave money, and even make money.

We’re here to help you figure out what your Apple Watch can do and how you can use these new features.

What Can the Apple Watch Do?

Apple added new watch faces, a calculator app, an Apple Watch store, hearing health, cycle tracking, and more to watchOS 6. The Apple Watch 5 adds an always-on display and compass. This connects with the cool new things you can do in iOS 13. The Apple Watch delivers faster access to many of your common activities. The first generation model only runs watchOS 4, and can do most of the things on this list. The rest of the models including the Apple Watch 5 are on watchOS 6.

Apple announced watchOS 7 in June, which is a free update for the Apple Watch Series 5, Series 4, and Series 3. The update brings new features and things the Apple Watch can do when it arrives later this year. There is a watchOS 7 beta and a public beta coming this summer, but most users will need to wait for these new features. We will add the new Apple Watch features as the release nears. You will need to install iOS 14 on your iPhone to use watchOS 7.

If you want to do more with your Apple Watch, you may need to upgrade. You can check the latest Apple Watch deals at Amazon, B&H Photo, and at Best Buy. For users looking for a cellular model you can find Apple Watch LTE deals at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

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This is not the only watch that connects to the iPhone, but it is definitely one that interests a lot of users and delivers the best connectivity to the iPhone. There are a ton of exciting and useful things you can do with the Apple Watch, even some you can do without your iPhone. Here’s what the Apple Watch can do;

  1. Answer Calls
  2. Use the Apple Watch as a Walkie Talkie
  3. Record a Voice Memo
  4. Track Your Cycle
  5. Monitor Safe Hearing Levels
  6. Use a Calculator
  7. Act as a Compass
  8. Always Show You The Display
  9. Listen to Podcasts on the Apple Watch
  10. Use the Apple Watch to Challenge Friends
  11. Use the Apple Watch as a Flashlight
  12. Use the Apple Watch in Water
  13. Track Your Runs
  14. Stay Quiet in a Movie Theater
  15. Change Your Watch Face
  16. See Info Quickly
  17. Monitor Your Heart Rate
  18. Track Your Fitness
  19. View and Reply to Text and iMessage
  20. Send Apple Watch Memoji
  21. Get iPhone Notifications On Your Wrist
  22. Share Your Heartbeat
  23. Pay with Apple Pay
  24. Use Apple Watch Apps
  25. Get Directions On Your Apple Watch
  26. Send Drawings from the Apple Watch
  27. Use Siri on the Apple Watch
  28. Look at Photos on Your Apple Watch
  29. Connect to Your Car
  30. Send Facebook Messages
  31. Listen to Music on Your Apple Watch
  32. Stream Apple Music on You Apple Watch 3
  33. Share Your Location
  34. Check Your Email
  35. Control Your Apple TV & Music
  36. Use it as a Camera Viewfinder
  37. Find a lost iPhone
  38. Store Tickets on Your Apple Watch
  39. Use it as a Nightstand Clock
  40. Set Your Apple Watch Up to 10 Minutes Fast
  41. Send an SOS
  42. Keep on Track to Close Your Activity Rings
  43. Keep You On Task as a Virtual Assistant
  44. Send Money to Friends with Apple Pay Cash
  45. Use it as a Stopwatch
  46. Show Store Loyalty Cards
  47. Control Your Smart Home
  48. Get Important Weather Alerts
  49. Use as a Translator
  50. Check Your Instagram Feed
  51. Track Your Sleep
  52. Always Have Your Passwords
  53. Track Skiing and Snowboarding with the Apple Watch
  54. Continuously Track Your Heart Rate Without Workouts
  55. Control Your HomePod Music
  56. Order a Pizza
  57. Open Your Garage Door
  58. Show Your Car Insurance
  59. Check the News
  60. Browse Etsy
  61. Make In-App Purchases on Your Apple Watch

While you consider if the Apple Watch is worth buying or look for what you can do with your new watch this is what you need to know.

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Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

You can answer a call on your Apple Watch using it as a small Bluetooth speakerphone. You only want to use this for shorter calls because the audio quality isn't as good as when you are talking on speakerphone on your iPhone. 

The Apple Watch only allows you to answer your calls on Speakerphone, so you won't want to use this all the time. It is very handy when you are working on a project or busy with your hands. Definitely be conscious of where you are taking calls. If you wouldn't talk on speakerphone, you shouldn't talk on your Apple Watch.

If you buy the new Apple Watch with LTE, you can even make calls on the Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby. This requires adding the watch to your plan for $10 a month. You cannot answer a FaceTime video call on the Apple Watch. 

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Rosemary Ford

    05/02/2015 at 4:48 pm

    On the settings screen there’s a button to ping your phone, so if it’s nearby you’ll hear it.

    • Nolan

      06/01/2016 at 7:11 am

      Loll olio

  2. mike

    06/16/2016 at 5:05 pm

    What’s more important, pushing your readers to another website because they were unable to read your article or lessening the impact of pop-up ad’s?

  3. Ms B

    08/09/2016 at 10:17 am

    cool stuff..i had created this phone/watch in my mind about 10 years ago :)

    • Bubba Jones

      10/14/2017 at 1:34 pm

      Most likely before you were born Dick Tracy owned one. :)

  4. kadima

    09/05/2016 at 2:52 am

    Ill only need the heart rate monitor..the rest am cool with using my phone, so i wont buy it.

  5. Hillary

    09/12/2016 at 4:47 pm

    You have to go to your glances and click the icon next to airplay. It will play an alert sound to find your iPhone. If you press and hold it will play the sound and flash a light to notify you

  6. Grateful

    01/14/2017 at 1:37 pm

    This article convinced me NOT to buy this watch. Thanks….I needed that

  7. Brian

    03/20/2017 at 1:53 pm

    Wake me up when you don’t have to have your iPhone close by…

  8. Geoduck

    06/20/2017 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you for a nice listing of the fetures of the AW. It confirmed that I have no use for one. Your list had some interesting points (Apple Pay: Not at my bank or any of my CC, and less than 1 in10 stores around here know what you’re talking about). It ran the gamut down to just silly items (Drawing on a 1 inch screen? My finger covers a third of it). But it was a nice confirmation of just how useless one would be for me. YMMV

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  10. Mac

    09/11/2017 at 12:28 pm

    Great article sir. Nice information. Really appreciate your work. Well done sir.

  11. run 3 online

    09/18/2018 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your great, it helped me a lot.

  12. Vaneska

    09/19/2018 at 11:11 am

    instagram doesn’t work with the apple watch anymore. I just got one thinking it does, apparently they discontinued the app, very disappointed

  13. Patty

    11/14/2018 at 5:38 am

    And I thought I was the sensible one. Thanks for setting me stigraht.

  14. BMF

    06/27/2019 at 2:51 am

    This is not the only watch that connects to the iPhone, but it is definitely one that interests a lot of users and delivers the best connectivity to the iPhone. There are a ton of exciting and useful things you can do with the Apple Watch, even some you can do without your iPhone. Here’s what the Apple Watch can do;

  15. Evelyn Huset

    08/20/2019 at 2:30 pm

    What is the most simple apple watch?

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