You might think of the Side button as a lowly apparatus used to turn off your Apple Watch, but this unassuming button hides many features, including a personalized app launcher. Here’s everything that the Side button on Apple Watch does. Table of Contents The Side Button’s History The Side Button Acts as a Dock You Can Turn It Into a Personalized App Launcher Access Apple Pay How to Turn off the Apple Watch The Side Button Started Out With a Friends Feature When the Apple Watch first came out in 2015, the Side button had an entirely different purpose. It was supposed to be a one-click method for you to send your heartbeats to your friends. It’s not surprising that this didn’t work out. Pressing the Side button on the Apple Watch brought up the Friends screen. This screen contained your contacts who also had the Apple Watch. Here, you could tap the screen to send hearts or doodles or to place a call. The Digital Touch feature still … [Read more...] about What Does the Side Button on Apple Watch Do?
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The Apple Watch’s watchOS 7 update introduced a smart new feature for anyone concerned about hand hygiene in a post-COVID world: Handwashing detection. Here’s how it works and how you can turn it on or off. How to Enable or Disable Handwashing Detection To enable or disable handwashing detection, first launch the Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll down to find the Handwashing section and tap the “Handwashing Timer” option to enable it (or to disable it if it’s already enabled.) You can also enable Handwashing Reminders, which sends you a push notification if your Watch detects that you haven’t washed your hands within a few minutes of returning home. You can also enable or disable the timer directly from on your Apple Watch. Launch the Settings app, then enable Handwashing Timer under the Handwashing section. If you don’t see the option available then you probably need to install the watchOS update. You’ll need iOS 14 installed in order to do this , then you can … [Read more...] about How to Turn On Handwashing Detection on the Apple Watch