Hidden Apple watch features you need to know about

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This Hidden Apple Watch Feature Is Amazing - How To Use It Now This amazing accessibility feature allows you to control your Apple Watch with hand gestures.

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Knowing how to control your Apple Watch with hand gestures will allow you to use certain features of your smartwatch without touching the screen or pressing any of the buttons. In fact, you won't even need to use the opposite hand. You can control your Apple Watch by pinching your fingers or clenching your fists.

Hand gestures are part of the Apple Watch's AssistiveTouch features, which exist primarily to make the Apple Watch experience more inclusive. One of the reasons the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch every year is that it can be worn in so many ways. For example, if you know how to use the Apple Watch, you might know that you can ask Siri to start workouts or give you a weather report hands-free.

But when you don't want to (or maybe can't) use your voice and want (or need) to navigate without your opposite hand, gestures can help. In my opinion, hand gestures are one of the most underrated features of the Apple Watch and while you may not need them on a day-to-day basis, there have been a few occasions where they've proven useful.

To get started with Apple Watch hand gestures, you must first enable the correct setting in the Accessibility menu of the Watch app on your iPhone. Here's how to enable Apple Watch hand gestures and how to control your Apple Watch with hand gestures.

How to turn on Apple Watch hand gestures

Before you begin, note that hand gestures only work on Apple Watch 4 and later, which includes Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch SE. Now, here is how to enable Apple Watch hand gestures.

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1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and click Accessibility from the menu on the My Watch tab.

2. Click AssistiveTouch from the Motor menu.

3. Toggle on AssistiveTouch.

4. Click Hand Gestures from the Inputs menu.

5. Toggle on Hand Gestures.

How to control your Apple Watch with hand gestures

In the same menu that you used to enable hand gestures, you can review the navigation features associated with each gesture. There are four gestures: pinch, double pinch, squeeze, and double squeeze. These are the predefined functions:

  • Pinch: Forward
  • Double Pinch: Backward
  • Clench: Tap
  • Double Clench: Action Menu
You can customize the gestures if you like, with the option to reset to default at any time. You can set a certain gesture to open Apple Watch Control Center, activate Siri, or show the best Apple Watch apps in a menu. You can even assign a gesture to mimic a scrolling motion.

You can also change gesture assignments in the AssistiveTouch menu directly on your Apple Watch.

Looking for more ways to get the most out of your Apple Watch? Check out our guide to the Apple Watch settings you should enable and disable now. We also recently shared the steps on how to change the orientation of the digital crown on your Apple Watch.

And if you're looking for a new smartwatch on the market, we can help you choose the best Apple Watch model for you, and mention the best Apple Watch deals available right now, because who doesn't like to save money?

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