How to use Express Transit with Apple Pay on iPhone and Apple Watch


How to use Express Transit to quickly pay for rides via Apple Pay on iPhone and Apple Watch

Express Transit mode with Apple Pay

Thanks to the Express Transit feature that’s available through Apple Pay, you can hop on the tube, buses, trams, light rail and overground rail in major cities and pay for your public transit journeys just by holding your iPhone or Apple Watch close to the contactless NFC terminal, no need to press any buttons or verify with Face ID, Touch ID or a passcode whatsoever.

There are two methods you can use to ride transit with Apple Pay:

  • With Express Transit mode enabled
  • Without Express Transit mode enabled

This tutorial covers the use of Express Transit mode.

  • Express Transit requirements
  • Express Transit availability
  • How to enable Express Transit for Apple Pay
  • How to disable Express Transit for Apple Pay
  • How to use Express Transit with Apple Pay
  • How to set up a new transit card in Wallet
  • Express Transit not working?
  • Express Pay and Power Reserve
  • Express Transit and security

Express Transit requirements

Express Transit requires an iPhone SE or iPhone 6s or later with iOS 12.3+ or an Apple Watch Series 1 or newer with watchOS 6 or later, as well as an Apple ID signed in to iCloud and a transit card or payment card added to the Wallet app that’s eligible for Express Transit.

In Beijing and Shanghai, all iPhone models from iPhone 6 onward support Express Transit mode. Keep in mind that Express Transit is market-specific so paying for rides with Express Transit mode is limited to a handful of supported countries/regions.

TUTORIAL: How to set up Apple Pay on Apple Watch

Follow along with iDownloadBlog’s tutorial as we teach you how to set up and use Express Transit with your Apple Pay card on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Express Transit availability

At the time of this writing, Express Transit on Apple Pay was available for the London Underground network in the United Kingdom, the MTA in New York City, Hop Fastpass in Portland, select Beijing and Shanghai transit cards and anywhere Suica is accepted in Japan.

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If you aren’t using Express Transit mode, you will need to authenticate each ride purchase at the transit terminal or gate with Face ID, Touch ID or your passcode — at the contactless reader, double-click your iPhone’s or Apple Watch’s Side button while on the Lock screen.

TUTORIAL: How to use Apple Pay

Apple’s support document provides step-by-step instructions for paying transit with Apple Pay in case Express Transit mode isn’t supported or enabled. Another Apple support document lists some additional countries and regions where you can pay for transit with your payment card in Wallet on an iPhone and Apple Watch if you aren’t using Express Transit mode.

You should check with your transit agency to see if they support payment using Apple Pay.

How to enable Express Transit for Apple Pay

Follow the instructions included right ahead if you’d like to set up the Express Transit feature for any credit, debit or prepaid card that’s registered with your Apple Pay.

iPhone

1) Open the Settings app on your iPhone 6s or later with iOS 12.3 or up.

2) Choose Wallet & Apple Pay from the main list.

3) Tap Express Travel Card.

4) Now select a credit, debit or prepaid card from the list that you’d like to use for Express Transit, then authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID or your passcode.

Going forward, you’ll be able to pay for your public transit journeys by holding your iPhone near the contactless transit terminal or gate without authenticating with Face ID, Touch ID or passcode. Your ride fares will be charged to the Apple Pay card you’ve picked in Settings. To change your Express Transit card at any time, simply choose a different card in step 4.

Only one Apple Pay card can be designated to support Express Transit.

Apple Watch

1) Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone.

2) Tap the My Watch tab.

3) Choose Wallet & Apple Pay from the main list.

4) Tap Express Transit Card.

5) Now choose a credit, debit or prepaid card that you’d like to use for Transit Express mode, then authenticate with your Apple Watch passcode.

You can now pay for your public transit journeys at the transit terminal or gate by holding your watch near the terminal, no need to press the Side button to invoke Apple Pay. Doing so will prompt Apple Pay to use your selected card to pay for your ride. To change your Express Transit card, simply choose a different card in step 5.

Only one Apple Pay card can be designated to support Express Transit.

How to disable Express Transit for Apple Pay

Follow the steps below to disable Express Transit mode for your card.

iPhone

1) Open the Settings app on your device.

2) Choose Wallet & Apple Pay from the main list.

3) Tap Express Transit Card.

4) Now select None or Off.

With Express Transit turned off, you can still use Apple Pay to pay for your transit rides but you’ll need to manually authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID or your passcode. To remove the payment card associated with Express Transit mode from the Wallet app, select it there, hit the More button and choose Remove This Card.

IMPORTANT: Signing out of iCloud or turning off Face ID, Touch ID or passcode protection on your phone or watch also removes all payment and transit cards from that device.

Apple Watch

1) Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

2) Tap the My Watch tab.

3) Choose Wallet & Apple Pay from the main list.

4) Tap Express Transit Card.

5) Select None.

Optionally, remove the card associated with Express Transit from Apple Pay by opening the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap My Watch tab, choose Wallet & Apple Pay from the main list, tap your Express Transit card and select Remove This Card.

How to use Express Transit with Apple Pay

With the feature enabled, simply hold the top of your iPhone or Apple Watch within an inch (a few centimeters) of the middle of the supported contactless reader until you feel a vibration and see “Done” and a checkmark on the display, indicating the payment’s been completed. The device doesn’t need to be connected to a network for Express Transit to function.

At no point in this process are you required to pull the phone out of your pocket or double-press the Side button on your watch to manually invoke Apple Pay. Best of all, Express Transit doesn’t even require you to wake/unlock your device or open an app.

In Apple talk, Express Transit “just works”.

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Due to the fact that your designated card works automatically for paying public transit journeys without authentication, anyone in possession of your phone or watch will be able to pay for your transit rides using your payment or transit card without having to even unlock your device.

Express Transit does not affect how you pay for your other Apple Pay purchases.

Apple has separate support documents detailing where and how people in Japan can pay with Suica and how folks in Beijing and Shanghai can ride transit with Express Transit.

How to set up a new transit card in Wallet

Aside from your credit, debit or prepaid cards registered with Apple Pay, Express Transit mode can use your transit card in the Wallet app. Follow the instructions below to learn how to set up a new transit card in Wallet to use for Express Transit with Apple Pay:

1) Verify that the correct region is set on your device:

  • iPhone: Go to Settings → General → Language & Region, then tap Region.
  • Apple Watch: Launch the Watch app on your paired iPhone, hit the My Watch tab, then tap General → Language & Region and choose your market under Region.

2) Now open the Wallet app on your iPhone.

3) Hit the Add button.

4) Choose Continue.

5) Choose your city’s transit card.

Don’t see the transit card you’re looking for? If so, it’s probably unavailable in your area.

6) Pick an amount to put on the transit card, then tap Add.

With a new transit card created on the phone, follow the steps earlier in this tutorial to turn on Express Transit mode for this transit card. The first transit card added to Wallet automatically becomes your Express Transit card, but you can change that in Wallet at any time.

You are permitted to set one payment card as your Express Transit card per transit network and one transit card as your Express transit card per transit network. Moreover, Apple lets you have both your preferred payment card and transit card enabled for the Express Transit feature in the same city. If your transit agency accepts both payment and transit cards, the contactless reader will automatically choose your transit card in Wallet.

Do you use your transit agency’s official iOS app? If so, you may be able to use it to not only set up a new transit card but also for additional services, such as transferring the balance of your virtual card or adding funds to your transit card. Talk to your transit agency to verify that they support adding funds to transit cards through their app.

Transferring your transit card balance to Wallet

Do this if you need to transfer the balance of your physical transit card to Wallet.

iPhone

1) Verify that you have the correct region set on your device by going to Settings → General → Language & Region, then hit Region and make your choice there.

2) When you region is set, proceed by opening Wallet app on your iPhone.

3) Tap the Add button.

4) Tap Continue.

5) Tap the name of your transit card.

6) Now select Transfer Balance From Existing Card.

7) You’ll be asked to type in the 4 digits of your card number so enter them.

8) Lastly, rest the top of your iPhone on the middle of your transit card until you see the onscreen message saying “Card Added”.

Be patient as this process could take a few minutes to complete.

Apple Watch

1) Be sure the correct region is set on your device by launching the Watch app on your paired iPhone, then go to My Watch → General → Language & Region and select your region.

2) With you region is set, launch the Watch app on your paired iPhone.

3) Tap the My Watch tab.

4) Choose Wallet & Apple Pay from the main list.

5) Tap Add Card.

6) Tap Continue.

7) Choose the name of the transit card you’d like to add.

8) Choose Transfer Balance From Existing Card and follow the steps to transfer the balance.

Don’t worry about removing a transit card from your iPhone or Apple Watch because iOS will store any remaining balance so that you can transfer it to another iPhone or Apple Watch as long as it’s signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID.

You can also move a transit card from the phone to your watch, as described further below.

Moving your transit card from iPhone to Apple Watch

Unlike the payment cards you have added in the Wallet app, your transit cards can exist on only one device at a time. But don’t you worry a thing, just follow the steps below in order to learn how to easily and securely move a transit card from your iPhone to your Apple Watch.

1) Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

2) Tap the My Watch tab.

3) Select Wallet & Apple Pay from the main list.

4) Scroll down and tap the Add button next to the transit card you’d like to move to the watch.

You aren’t allowed to move a transit card to another device during a transit journey. If you’d like to move the transit card back to your iPhone, simply use the Wallet app on your phone.

Express Transit not working?

Express Transit requires support from transit agencies.

If your transaction won’t complete, verify with your transit agency if they support Express Transit at that location. Alternatively, choose another card in Wallet to pay for your ride by double-clicking the Side or Home button on your iPhone or Apple Watch to invoke Apple Pay, then choose another card and authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID or your passcode.

Express Transit and power reserve

Power reserve can be used with your Express Transit cards on the iPhone XS/XR or later models. Similar to power reserve on your Apple Watch, this feature lets contactless NFC transactions like Express Transit to work even if the battery is super low.

TUTORIAL: How to use Power Reserve on Apple Watch

Power reserve is available for up to five hours when your iPhone needs to be charged, meaning you can still use Express Transit for NFC payments for about five hours after your iPhone is dead. You can see if your Express Transit cards are available when your phone battery is flatlined by pressing the Side button, which should give you a text message and a haptic push.

Apple advises against doing this often to avoid significantly reducing the power reserve for Express Transit cards. “If you choose to power off your iPhone, this feature will not be available,” Apple notes.

Express Transit and security

Express Transit may also create a security issue because a thief in physical possession of your iPhone or Apple Watch is basically able to pay for their transit rides using your credit or payment card in Apple Pay that has been enabled for Express Transit.

To prevent your stolen device from being used to ride transit or make any transactions with Apple Pay, suspend its use by logging in with your Apple ID at iCloud.com on your computer, then select Find My iPhone, choose All Devices, pick your device and choose Lost Mode.

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How to fix a red exclamation mark on Apple Watch

 

How to fix a red exclamation mark on Apple Watch

Apple Watch can sometimes run into difficulty when installing an update. If you’ve encountered a warning screen, follow along for how to fix a red exclamation mark on Apple Watch.

Whoosh! Screen Cleaner

Apple notes that users shouldn’t attempt to force restart Apple Watch during an update.

However, if the device encounters an issue during installation with a red exclamation mark screen as shown below, a force restart is the next step.

How to fix a red exclamation mark on Apple Watch

  1. Press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds.
  2. Let go of both buttons when you see the Apple logo
  3. If the Apple logo doesn’t show up, contact Apple support

red exclamation Apple Watch

Unfortunately, if that doesn’t solve your problem, you’ll likely need to take your Apple Watch into an Apple Store, AASP, or mail it in after contacting Apple support.

For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles:


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How to use the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch in watchOS 5


How to use the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch in watchOS 5

How to use Walkie-Talkie in watchOS 5

Walkie-Talkie is a fun new way to communicate that’s been introduced with watchOS 5. Apple Watch owners can use the new Walkie-Talkie app to instantly talk to available contacts by holding down a button, just like you would with a hardware walkie-talkie. The app works both over Wi-Fi and cellular connections, so you can use the app wherever and whenever you want as long as you Apple Watch has a data connection.

Here’s how you’ll use Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch in watchOS 5.

  • How to start using Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch
  • How to send a message with Walker-Talkie
  • How to set Walkie-Talkie availability
  • How to remove a Walkie-Talkie contact on Apple Watch
  • How to manage your Walkie-Talkie contacts on your iPhone

How to start using Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch

First things first, you’ll need to get Walkie-Talkie set up on your Apple Watch. You can only connect with other Apple Watch owners.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on the side of your Apple Watch to go to your app list.
  2. Tap Walkie-Talkie from the app list or grid layout.
  3. Tap the name of the contact with whom you wish to use Walkie-Talkie. Contacts that already have Walkie-Talkie set up will appear at the top of your list under Suggested.
  4. Tap the + button on your contacts list to add additional contacts to Walkie-Talkie.

    Open Walkie-Talkie, tap contact name, tap +

How to send a message with Walker-Talkie

Once you’ve got everything set up, sending a message is really easy and involves a big yellow button.

  1. Open Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap on the contact you want to speak to.
  3. Tap and hold on the TALK button and speak. Let go of TALK when you’re done.

    Open Walkie-Talkie, tap contact, tap and hold Talk

How to set Walkie-Talkie availability

If you need to be uninterrupted by Walkie-Talkie, you can turn off your availability.

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll to the top of your Walkie-Talkie contacts list.
  3. Flip the switch next to Available to the gray Off or green On position depending on whether or not you’re available.

    Open Walkie-Talkie, scroll down, toggle availability on or off

How to remove a Walkie-Talkie contact on Apple Watch

  1. Open Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch.
  2. Swipe to the left on the contact you want to delete.
  3. Tap the X button to delete the contact.

    Open Walkie-Talkie, swipe left on contact, tap X

How to manage your Walkie-Talkie contacts on your iPhone

If you need to, you can manage your Walkie-Talkie contacts using the Watch app on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Walkie-Talkie.
  3. Tap on a contact to see their full contact card.

    Open Watch app, tap Walkie-Talkie, tap contact

  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Tap the – button.
  6. Tap Remove to delete a contact from Walkie-Talkie.

    Tap Edit, tap - button, tap Remove

Questions?

If you have any questions about Walkie-Talkie in watchOS 5, let us know in the comments.

How to troubleshoot your Apple Watch


How to troubleshoot your Apple Watch

Is your Apple Watch being fussy after installing watchOS 5? Here are a few ways to make it behave.

Whether it’s an app on your Apple Watch or the Watch itself that’s giving you some trouble, you don’t have to panic: There are a few simple fixes you can employ to get your smartwatch back on the operational path in no time.

  • My app is frozen
  • My Apple Watch is sluggish
  • My Apple Watch is frozen
  • My Apple Watch isn’t seeing my iPhone or my network
  • My Apple Watch’s battery is mysteriously draining
  • My Apple Watch is still malfunctioning after a restart
  • How to get service or a replacement for your Apple Watch

My app is frozen

If an app on your Apple Watch stops scrolling, responding, or otherwise being interactive, it may have locked up. You can try fixing this problem a couple of ways:

  • Press the Digital Crown to try and return to the Apple Watch home screen, then relaunch the app from that home screen.
  • If that doesn’t work, try a force quit: Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the sliders appear, then press and hold the Digital Crown until you return to the Home screen.

How to force quit apps on the Apple Watch

My Apple Watch is sluggish

If your Watch is behaving erratically or lagging in multiple apps, it may be in need of a restart. To restart your Watch, just follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the side button until the digital switches appear.
  2. Slide the Power Off switch to the right to turn off your Apple Watch.
  3. To restart the Watch once it turns off, hold down the side button until you see the Apple logo.

If a Watch restart doesn’t fix your problem, you might try restarting your iPhone, too.

  1. Hold the iPhone’s On/Off button until you see the “slide to power off” switch.
  2. Slide the “slide to power off” switch to the right.
  3. To restart your iPhone, press and hold the On/Off button.

We also recommend checking the iPhone’s Apple Watch app for any software updates you might have missed, as they often can solve bugs and improve performance.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap General > Software Update to check for updates.

How to update the Watch OS software on your Apple Watch

My Apple Watch is frozen

If your Watch has locked up entirely, you can try either a traditional shutdown and restart or a force restart.

  1. Press and hold the side button to attempt to bring up the Power Off screen.
  2. If that works, slide the Power Off switch to the right to turn off your Apple Watch, then press the side button again to turn it back on.

If your Watch is unresponsive when you try to hold the side button, it’s time for a forced reboot: Simultaneously hold down the side button and the Digital Crown until you see the Apple logo (it may take up to ten seconds).

My Apple Watch isn’t seeing my iPhone or my network

If your Apple Watch is showing “disconnected” when you know by all rights it shouldn’t be, here are a few steps you can try:

  1. Make sure neither your iPhone nor your Apple Watch has Airplane mode enabled, and that your iPhone has Bluetooth turned on.
  2. Try toggling Bluetooth off and on from your iPhone.
  3. Restart your Apple Watch.
  4. Restart your iPhone.

Apple Watch won’t connect to your iPhone? Here’s the fix!

My Apple Watch’s battery is mysteriously draining

Is your Watch’s battery dying too early in the day for your liking? We put together a few tips to get the most out of your smartwatch without compromising on functionality.

Apple Watch battery life: 8 power saving tips!

My Apple Watch is still malfunctioning after a restart

If you’ve tried all these fixes and still can’t make your Watch work, it may be time to try an erase and restore. Your iPhone automatically backs up your Apple Watch in the background during daily use, so you shouldn’t lose any data during the restore.

How to get service or a replacement for your Apple Watch

If a force restart doesn’t do the trick, your Apple Watch may be well and truly bricked: If you still see a red exclamation point or permanent Apple logo, you’ll need to contact Apple Support or make an appointment at an Apple Store.

Due to the Watch’s sealed diagnostic port, Apple Support may have to send your watch to a depot location to fix it or replace your watch outright; as a result, you may not be able to recover any information on your watch after it has been bricked.

Other questions?

Run into an issue we didn’t address here? Ping us in the comments or on our iMore forums and we’ll try to take a crack at it.

Updated September 2018: Updated for watchOS 5.

Apple Watch and Activity: Everything you need to know | iMore


Apple Watch and Activity: Everything you need to know

Apple Watch and activity tracking: what you need to know!

The fitness tracking on Apple Watch goes beyond just counting steps or tracking calories, instead focusing more on your overall health, differentiating between movement and actual exercise, and encouraging you to stand more than you already might. Performing the activities suggested by your Apple Watch helps fill up those rings in the Activity app, but how does Apple measure all of that, anyway? Well not to worry, we’ve got you covered right here.

Here, you’ll find absolutely everything you need to know about the Apple Watch and activity tracking, from how to set it up and sharing activities to starting workouts.

  • The Rings
  • Health, Workout, and Activity
  • Third-party fitness apps
  • How to set up Activity for your Apple Watch
  • How to set goals and track your progress with Activity on Apple Watch
  • How to set up and use Activity Sharing
  • How to mute Activity reminders
  • How to track and manage workout sessions with Apple Watch
  • How to customize workouts in the Workout app for Apple Watch

Let’s start with what the Activity app actually does, what it tells you, and what kind of data it collects.

The Rings

Activity app

The Stand, Exercise, and Move rings make up the central display for your overall activity as captured by your Apple Watch. Scrolling down in the Activity app on your watch will show you an hour-by-hour breakdown of your activity for each (when you’ve moved, when you’ve recorded exercise minutes, and when you’ve stood).

Stand

This one seems pretty easy. You fill the stand ring by standing up for one minute an hour in 12 separate hours. What this ring and the alert that comes with it are actually telling you is that you haven’t moved in a little while. So when your Apple Watch notifies you that it’s time to stand, don’t just stand up and stay still, but walk around a little bit. Take a short stroll around your office, or if you’re at home, go check the mail.

Exercise

This ring tracks a specific kind of activity. Apple defines exercise as anything equivalent to a brisk walk or more that raises your heart rate consistently. Apple monitors your heart rate and your movement data to make sure you’re actually exercising, and you can track workouts using the Workout app on your Apple Watch. Additionally, you can feed workout data into the Activity app using third-party workout apps that support this feature, meaning you can use all of the features provided to you by your favorite workout app while still filling the Exercise ring.

One thing to note about the Apple Watch’s exercise measurements is that, as you more, they will change over time. So the same activities that would potentially help you close your Exercise ring when you first got your Apple Watch may only get you part of the way there after months or even years of consistent activity. The Apple Watch learns your habits, and will consistently push you to go further.

Move

This ring shows how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day. It takes into account everything from motion to heart rate data, but it represents your total movement in a 24-hour period, not just exercise. You work towards a calorie goal that you set, and as you continue to wear your Apple Watch, it will be better able to measure how you burn those calories.

Health, Workout, and Activity

Health, Workout, Activity

The Health app on iPhone, Workout app on Apple Watch, and Activity apps on both are separate and have distinct functions, but can work together to offer a detailed picture of your overall health.

Health

The central repository for all of the information your Apple devices have collected about your health. The data in the Health app includes the activity data collected by your Apple Watch, included Stand, Exercise, and Move data.

With your permission, the app can accept data from third-party apps, and you can also let those apps import your health data as well, to better help them tailor workouts to you. As long as you have granted access to read and write data to any third-party apps of your choice, the data they provide will become part of the overall picture of your health.

Workout app

This is the default app for tracking workouts, comes built-in with every Apple Watch, and exists solely on the watch. The data from this app feeds into the Health app on your iPhone, covering all sorts of activities, such as indoor and outdoor walks and runs, cycling, elliptical machines, rowing, hiking, and more. This is the data that will most likely go into your Exercise ring.

Activity app

Existing on both the Apple Watch and iPhone, the Activity app keeps detailed records (more on the iPhone than the watch, admittedly) of each day’s activity. Using the iPhone app, you can explore your activity for each day that you’ve worn your Apple Watch, getting breakdowns of how and when you burned calories, looking at exact details of each workout, and exploring your past achievements and achievements still to come.

Third-party fitness apps

Third-party apps

Whether you use Pedometer++ to track your steps or Runkeeper to track more intense workouts, third-party fitness apps on the Apple Watch have come a long way since the device debuted in 2015. These apps can contribute to your Exercise ring on your watch and send and read detailed workout data from the Health app on your iPhone.

With this knowledge in hand, it’s time to actually get activity tracking set up.

How to set up Activity on your Apple Watch

After syncing the Apple Watch, you will have a chance to set up Activity through your iPhone.

  1. Launch the Activity app from your iPhone’s Home screen.
  2. Tap Set up Activity.
  3. Enter your personal information.

    Launch the Activities app, tap set up activity and enter your personal information.

  4. Tap Continue.
  5. Set your Daily Move Goal. You can use the plus and minus signs to adjust.
  6. Tap Set Move Goal.

    Tap continue, set your daily move goal and tap set move goal.

Once you’ve got Activity set up, there’s a lot you can do with it, whether its keeping track of fitness goals or sharing your workouts with others for some friendly competition.

How to set goals and track your progress with Activity on Apple Watch

Set goals and track progress

Goal-setting is the key to measuring success and the Activity app on your Apple Watch lets you quickly see your progress towards your goals at any time. The three areas your Apple Watch tracks — move, stand, and exercise — are each represented by a colored ring in the Activity app. The closer you get to completing a specific goal, the closer the ring will get to completing itself. Apple Watch also lets you scroll down to view a little bit more of a data breakdown if you choose.

How to set up and use Activity Sharing

Activity Sharing

If you like to work out with friends or find a little healthy competition between you and someone else, the Activity app can help you out. When you enable Sharing on your iPhone and Apple Watch, other people can view your progress and compare and challenge themselves to work out as hard or harder than you, and even send you taunting messages along the way.

How to mute Activity reminders

Mute Activity Reminders

With the Activity app, you will get daily — often hourly — alerts reminding you to stand up, get moving, and do a bit more exercising to meet your goals. Sometimes though, you’re stuck in a car, on an airplane, or otherwise stationary for hours and hours and just can’t do your routine. You can silence these reminders altogether or even just for a day.

How to use Workout on Apple Watch

How to use Workout

The Workout app that is built into your Apple Watch lets you track a lot of common workout types from outdoor running and walking to indoor stationary equipment such as an elliptical. Starting a workout is easy. When you’re done your workout, it will automatically be logged in not only the Workout app but the Activity app and the Health app on your iPhone.

How to customize workouts in the Workout app for Apple Watch

Customize Workouts

By default, your Apple Watch will show you some different metrics during a workout. Things like duration, heart rate, distance, calories burned, and more, can all be displayed during a workout. You if want to change what metrics you see during your workouts, you can head over to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and customize it to your liking.

How to get the official Apple user guide for free


Apple Watch: How to get the official Apple user guide for free

Whether you’re new to Apple Watch, or just enjoy having the official user guide from Apple as a reference, having it on hand can be useful for yourself in addition to helping others.

Apple makes the official user guides for its devices available for free in digital formats. You can find physical copies from various third-parties ranging from around $10-$20 on Amazon, but the free official Apple Watch guide has some benefits.

Aside from being the official guide from Apple, it is updated over time as the company releases new software and changes come to Apple Watch. Another big benefit is that the Apple Books guide is quickly searchable.

Apple Watch: How to get the official Apple user guide for free

  1. Follow the corresponding link to the free official user guide for Apple Watch
  2. You can download the free Apple Books user guide on Mac, iPhone, or iPad
  3. After clicking the link above, follow the prompts to download the free user guide with Apple Books

Follow along with the walkthrough below for more specifics:

After following the link to the free user guide, tap Get and then Read to open it as shown above.

On iPad and iPhone, you can swipe to turn pages, don’t forget to tap the screen to use the handy table of contents at search feature up top.

While it’s often handy to have these user guides downloaded to your device, you can also use the web versions.

For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles:


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How to find a missing Apple Watch with the Find My iPhone app


How to find a missing Apple Watch with the Find My iPhone app

Find me! Has your Apple Watch ventured off somewhere? If it’s still online, you can use the Find My iPhone app to track it down.

The Apple Watch has long had a “Find My iPhone” button for quickly summoning a wayward smartphone, but what happens when the watch itself goes missing? Whether you’ve accidentally buried it under a clothing pile or it’s gone off on a Pokémon Go walkabout, here’s the best way to quickly find it.

How to find a missing Apple Watch

Note: To find your Apple Watch, you’ll need iOS 10.3 or later and the Find My iPhone app, and your Apple Watch will need to be powered on.

  1. Open (or download, if you don’t yet have it) Find My iPhone.
  2. Sign in with your iCloud account.
  3. Tap on the entry for your Apple Watch.
  4. Select Actions. If your Apple Watch is powered on, you can track it on a map as well as mark it lost, erase it, or play a sound.

  5. If you’ve determined that your Apple Watch is within your general vicinity, press Play Sound. Your Apple Watch will begin making a repeated ringing sound. (Your iCloud account will also receive an email notification that the sound was played.)
  6. When you find your Apple Watch, you can dismiss it from the watch face by tapping Dismiss.

Can’t find your iPhone instead? Here’s how to find it with your Apple Watch!

Still can’t find your Apple Watch?

If your missing Apple Watch is out of charge or Wi-Fi range, you may be out of luck in locating it via the Find My iPhone app. That said, you can still go about looking the old-fashioned way — back-tracking where you had it previously — and put it into Lost Mode; if someone finds it and powers it on, you’ll immediately receive an emailed alert.

Serenity Caldwell

Serenity is the Managing Editor at iMore. She’s been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

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How to type the Apple logo symbol on iPhone, Mac, Apple TV, Windows & more


How to type out the Apple logo symbol

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Your devices support entering the familiar Apple logo symbol with keyboard shortcuts.

Check out what this character looks like typed out: 

Some people will find entering the Apple logo symbol an indispensable feature for renaming products like in Apple’s marketing materials, such as Pay or Music,. Others may be content with saving a few characters on social media apps like Twitter and Instagram.

As you’ve likely noticed by now, your Mac’s keyboard lacks a dedicated Apple symbol key even though this special character is actually available to type on your devices.

The Apple logo symbol codes

The Apple logo character renders properly across any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV or Apple Watch. It can be typed on iOS, macOS and tvOS devices. On watchOS, the Dictation and Scribble features provide no way to enter the Apple logo whatsoever.

On foreign platforms and web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, the symbol may show as a simple square, a strange character or something entirely different.

This isn’t Apple’s fault.

Both the Windows and Apple logos are in the private use area of the extended character set because the standard Unicode character set doesn’t contain any corporate logos. Due to their different implementations, these symbols don’t show as visible on other platforms.

The Apple symbol is included in the ASCII extended character set with these values:

  • Decimal: 240
  • Hexadecimal: F0
  • Unicode: U+F8FF

TIP: The website Alt-Codes.net lets you find numeric values of special characters.

Follow our step-by-step tutorial to learn how how to properly type the Apple symbol with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV or non-Apple platforms such as Microsoft Windows.

How to type the Apple logo symbol

Here’s how to enter the Apple logo with your devices.

Mac

To type the Apple symbol on your Mac, use the following keystroke combo:

Option (⌥)-Shift (⇧)-K

The shortcut works with the standard US English keyboard layout.

To visualize the Apple symbol’s placement on your Mac keyboard, choose the option Show Keyboard Viewer from the Input Source popover in macOS’s menu bar.

Alternatively, venture into System Preferences → Keyboard → Input Sources.

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This is the keyboard shortcut that produces the Apple logo symbol

This lets you visualize key assignments for special symbols. To reveal additional hidden characters, press a modifier key like Control (⌃) or Command (⌘).

International users who rely on world keyboards that feature keyboard layouts that are different from the standard US QWERTY keyboard can add the US English layout via the Keyboard preference pane, then switch to it before entering the Apple logo symbol.

As a more elegant solution, create a custom text replacement as outlined further below.

iPhone and iPad

The Option (⌥)-Shift (⇧)-K Mac keyboard shortcut has no alternative on iOS.

There’s no Keyboard Viewer on iPhone, but iOS include a dedicated feature to make entering phrases and special symbols easier, called Text Replacements. Also found on macOS, this auto-replaces a word or a phrase with custom text, like replacing (c) with the copyright symbol.

You can leverage this feature to type the Apple logo on iOS, here’s how:

1) Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Tap General.

3) Tap Keyboard.

4) Tap Text Replacement.

5) Hit “+“ in the top-right corner to create a new text replacement.

6) Copy  from this post with your iOS device, then tap and hold next to Phrase and select Paste from the bubble menu to insert the Apple logo symbol.

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7) Tap next to Shortcut and create a custom text snippet to be replaced with the Apple logo. I use the shortcut “appl,” but you may choose a different shortcut that better suits your needs. To avoid triggering it by accident, come up with some unique letter combo that’s not part of any common word or phrase.

8) Tap Save in the top-right corner to finish making changes.

The newly created shortcut will automatically expand into the Apple logo symbol as you type.

TUTORIAL: How to create and use Text Replacements on iPhone and iPad

That’s right, now you can enter the Apple logo with your iOS device or Mac in your emails, texts, documents, notes and more—just hit the Space bar after typing the “aapl” shortcut to have it replaced with the Apple logo character.

This is a great feature!

The key benefit of this method is synchronization: your text replacements are kept in perfect sync across iOS and macOS via iCloud, letting you enter the Apple logo across iPhones, iPads and Macs using the same text shortcut.

If you pair a wireless Bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone and iPad, you can also enter the Apple logo symbol by pressing the same Option (⌥)-Shift (⇧)-K keystroke like on Mac.

Apple Watch

As mentioned, there’s currently no way to type the Apple logo with your Apple Watch.

Dictation and Scribble, the two primary input methods in watchOS, unfortunately do not offer any way of entering the Apple symbol using one’s voice similar to punctuation and formatting.

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The logo does show as visible on Apple Watch in apps like Messages and Reminders because it’s supported by the default fonts included in the watchOS operating system.

Apple TV

To type out the Apple logo on your Apple TV, do the following:

If you have an external keyboard:

1) Go to Settings → Remotes and Devices → Bluetooth on your fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K. For earlier models, venture into Settings → General → Bluetooth.

2) When the device finds nearby Bluetooth accessories, select your keyboard from the list.

3) If asked, enter the four-digit code and press Enter.

4) Navigate to the section of an app that accepts text, like YouTube’s search feature. Alternatively, try renaming your Apple TV by going to Settings → General → About → Name.

5) Press Option (⌥)-Shift (⇧)-K on your Bluetooth keyboard to enter the Apple symbol.

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Pair a wireless keyboard with your Apple TV to type out the Apple symbol faster

And just like that, the symbol is written out on your TV!

If you don’t have an external keyboard:

1) On your iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or later, open Settings → Control Center → Customize Controls and tap “+” next to Apple TV Remote.

2) Be sure to set up a shortcut on your iOS device that will replace “appl” with “” by following the step-by-step instructions provided in the iPhone and iPad section of this tutorial.

3) With the Apple TV Remote widget added to your iOS Control Center, highlight any text input field on your Apple TV using your Siri Remote.

4) On your iPhone or iPad, open Control Center and tap the Apple TV Remote widget you just added, then choose your Apple TV from the list and enter the four-digit passcode that appears on the Apple TV screen, if necessary. Alternatively, press a notification that pops up on the Lock screen of your iPhone upon selecting a text field on your Apple TV.

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The Apple TV Remote widget in Control Center works only with the fourth-generation Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4K, and also requires an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 device or later.

TUTORIAL: Stopping the Apple TV remote keyboard from showing up on iPhone or iPad

If you own an older Apple TV model or have yet to upgrade your device to iOS 11 or newer, download the free Apple TV Remote app or the iTunes Remote app from App Store and set it up to remotely control your set-top box, type out the Apple logo and access additional features, like Now Playing and Game mode.

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Finally—rename your Apple TV as TV

Entering the Apple symbol on your Apple TV using the Dictation feature is unsupported.

Windows

As we mentioned, the Apple symbol is included in the extended character set.

It’s defined in one of a private-use character points that are intended for certain apps and devices that need to display one or more glyphs unspecified by the Unicode standard.

This, coupled with the fact that Unicode does not contain any corporate logos as part of the standard character set, is why the Apple symbol in your Pages file or other document in most cases won’t show as visible on Windows, Linux and other non-Apple platforms.

On Windows there are many ways to enter special characters, but we’ll focus on the perhaps the most popular method: alt codes. It works by pressing and holding down the Alt key on the keyboard while typing the character’s 4-code decimal value.

You can find the full Unicode character code list at unicode-table.com.

1) Open a document where you’d like to insert the Apple logo symbol.

2) Be sure that the Num Lock key is on, the press and hold the left Alt key.

3) Press “0” on the numeric keypad.

4) Press “2” on the numeric keypad.

5) Press “4” on the numeric keypad.

6) Press “0” on the numeric keypad.

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NOTE: you must put in the leading zero even though the character’s decimal code is “240.”

Don’t worry if your laptop came without a numeric keypad: you can still enter any special character by typing its Unicode value, just continue reading…

1) Open a document where you’d like to see the Apple logo symbol.

2) Press F 8 F F  on the keyboard (the Unicode value of the Apple logo symbol).

3) Press Alt-X.

The Apple symbol will be inserted at the current cursor position.

I recommend using dedicated options for entering special characters that are found in some Microsoft apps, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. To see a graphical representation of the special symbols, open the Windows app Character Map (charmap.exe).

The alt code trick won’t work if the selected font lacks the Apple logo.

If so, be sure to select the Baskerville Old Face font in the Character Map app. Now select the Apple logo symbol and click the Select button, then choose the Copy command to send it to the system clipboard, ready to be pasted into other apps via the standard Ctrl-V shortcut.

HTML

The Apple logo or any other special character or symbol can be typed out in your blog posts or webpages by using the HTML entities hexadecimal notation followed by a character’s Unicode hexadecimal value. In our example, the Apple logo symbol has the Unicode value F8FF.

To use the Apple logo in your webpage, type the following in HTML code:

&#xF8FF

You should see the  character when the page is rendered in a browser.

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How to customize your Apple Watch Wake Screen settings


How to customize your Apple Watch Wake Screen settings

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Your Apple Watch screen goes to sleep when you aren’t actively using it. But, there are some convenient features for waking it up that come in handy.

Tapping to wake it, raising your wrist, and automatically seeing the last app you opened, are just a few of the things you can do. Here’s how to customize your Apple Watch Wake Screen settings.

Access the Apple Watch Wake Screen features

In order to customize the Wake Screen settings, just follow these steps.

1) Open the Watch app on your iPhone or open Settings on your Apple Watch.

2) Scroll down and tap General.

3) Scroll down and tap Wake Screen.

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Customize the Wake Screen settings

Once you arrive in the Wake Screen area, you’ll notice that it’s divided into a few sections. You’ll see these sections whether you’re using the Watch app on your iPhone or the Settings on your Apple Watch.

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Wake Screen on wrist raise

This is the easiest way to wake your Apple Watch. It will automatically perk up and be ready to go when you raise your wrist. Make sure that you have the orientation set up for which wrist you use.

Just go to General > Watch Orientation to make your choice. Then, enable the Wake Screen on Wrist Raise option by moving the slider to green.

Auto-launch audio apps

This convenient feature is ideal for those who listen to music or podcasts on-the-go. Instead of reaching for your phone to control the playback, the app will automatically display on your Watch for you to control it there.

Just move the Audio-launch Audio Apps slider to green and you’re good to go. And, we have a full tutorial on this feature for more details.

On screen wake show last app

This area lets you choose whether you want to see the last app you had open before your Watch went back to sleep.

Let’s say you are viewing your calendar and get distracted for a bit. You can set the screen to show the app you were looking at when you raise your wrist or tap to wake it.

Just make your selection, whether you want it session-based, time-based, or always and a checkmark will appear next to your choice.

On tap

If you prefer to tap your Apple Watch to wake it, then you can decide how long the display should stay on once you do. There are just two options which are wake for 15 or 70 seconds. Tap your choice and a checkmark will appear next to it.

Wake your Watch when you want

While there may not be tons of features for waking your Watch, keeping the screen on, and quickly seeing the last app you opened, there really doesn’t need to be. These Apple Watch Wake Screen features should have you covered.

Is there something about your Apple Watch that you’re struggling to figure out? Let us know! And, check out some of our other articles that might be helpful for making the most out of your Watch.

How to speed up Apple Watch software updates dramatically


How to speed up Apple Watch software updates dramatically

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Downloading watchOS software to your Apple Watch is a tremendously slow process.

It can take anywhere between half an hour to an hour or more to send a watchOS software update to your wrist. Because it’s such a sluggish experience, I try to update my watch only when I’m positive I won’t be using it for a few hours, like right before I’m about to hit the bed.

The exact amount of time needed to send the installer to your wrist depends on the size of the watchOS software update you’re installing, the model of your Apple Watch (newer models utilize better processors that handle common operations faster), network interference and the many factors that influence wireless data transfer.

TUTORIAL: How to update your Apple Watch software

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to dramatically speed up the utterly slow process of sending the watchOS installer files to your Apple Watch?

About speeding up Apple Watch updates

I’ll let you in on a secret: sliding the Bluetooth toggle to the OFF position in Settings → Bluetooth on your iPhone will speed up watchOS software updates dramatically.

But why does turning Bluetooth off accelerate the update process?

Because Apple Watch defaults to prioritizing Bluetooth over Wi-Fi whenever possible in order to conserve as much power as possible. While Bluetooth does require less power than Wi-Fi, the protocol is significantly slower in terms of data transfer than most Wi-Fi networking standards.

Disabling Bluetooth on your paired iPhone at the right time will force your Apple Watch to connect to your iPhone via the faster Wi-Fi protocol.

Unlike other Apple devices, your Apple Watch does not download watchOS updates itself.

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Updating your watch happens through the companion Watch app on your paired iPhone.

Your phone downloads the latest watchOS update and sends the installer wirelessly to your wrist. Sending that much data over Bluetooth is insane—watchOS updates typically weigh in anywhere between a few hundred megabytes to more than a gigabyte.

Making the weakest link—sending the installer to your watch—faster by temporarily disabling Bluetooth shaves off a significant amount of time from the update process.

However, you must shut down Bluetooth in a specific moment during the update process.

How to speed up Apple Watch updates

As I said, Apple Watch software updates are handled by the Watch app on your paired iPhone. Among other things, it automatically retrieves the latest watchOS software from Apple’s servers as soon as it becomes available to download.

The Watch app then sends the downloaded installer file to your wrist-worn device over the air. The watch takes it from there, unpacking the installer and applying the update.

1) Make sure that your Apple Watch is on its charger, is at least 50% charged and is within a few inches of your paired iPhone. Double check that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled on both your phone and watch.

2) Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone.

3) Tap the My Watch tab.

4) Tap General.

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5) Tap Software Update.

TIP: If your iPhone has already downloaded the latest watchOS update in the background, you’ll see a red badge on the Watch app’s icon on your Home screen and within the app.

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6) If there’s a new watchOS update available, you’ll see its version number and release notes on the next screen. To continue the update process, tap Download and Install.

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If asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter it.

7) As the Watch app prepares to send the downloaded watchOS installer to your watch, you’ll see a message “Estimated time remaining” at the top.

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Seeing a rough estimate of the time remaining (for example, “About 9 minutes remaining”) means the app is sending the installer to the watch over Bluetooth.

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Don’t disable Bluetooth until the time remaining estimate appears

8) Now open the Settings app on your iPhone.

9) Choose Bluetooth from the list.

10) Slide the switch labeled Bluetooth to the OFF position.

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TIP: Avoid disabling Bluetooth through Control Center because that won’t do the trick due to the major changes to how these toggles work in iOS 11.

11) Bluetooth is now fully disabled on your iPhone.

Data transfers and special Continuity features such as AirDrop and Apple Watch connectivity will no longer work. This isn’t a problem: Apple Watch supports certain features over Wi-Fi connections, even when Bluetooth is disabled.

Switch to the Watch app and navigate to the My Watch → General → Software Update screen.

12) A prompt pops up, advising you reconnect to your watch.

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Tap Cancel to continue.

13) Seeing that Bluetooth is unavailable, the Watch app falls back to your home Wi-Fi network as long as both your watch and phone have Wi-Fi enabled in Settings and are connected to the same local network.

The estimated time remaining should drop significantly as a direct result of using the much faster Wi-Fi protocol than the slow, unreliable Bluetooth networking. Apple enforces Bluetooth on the watch because Wi-Fi radios consume more power.

When a message saying “Preparing…” appears at the top of the screen, the watchOS installer has been successfully sent to your watch. Apple Watch is now unpacking the installer.

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You may also see a message saying ”Verifying…”

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This is to indicate that the Watch app is verifying the cryptographic signature of the downloaded software in order to ensure that the watchOS update is a legitimate piece of software that has not been tampered with.

With the watchOS archive unpacked on your watch, relaunch the Settings app and re-enable Bluetooth, then return to watchOS installer screen in the Watch app.

14) Tap Install in the Watch app.

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If asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter it.

15) Wait for the progress wheel to appear on your watch. Your iPhone is no longer needed for the rest of the watchOS update process so it’s now safe to quit the Watch app.

Keep in mind that it could take from several minutes to an hour for the update to install onto the watch, depending on your exact Apple Watch model, the update size and more.

Check out our hands-on video walkthrough of the whole process.



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I know shutting down Bluetooth feels like a cheap trick.

In fact, many folks know about the correlation between Bluetooth throughput and the watchOS update speed. But, trust me: once you try this simple trick you’ll never install Apple Watch software updates over Bluetooth again—and you can quote me on that.

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