WatchOS 7 finally launched, which means not just a freshly updated operating system to launch recently Apple Watch 6, but also new features for Apple smartwatches that date back to the 2017 Apple Watch 3. These are the new features you can make the most of once the new software is installed.
1) Involve the family
New in watchOS 7 is Family Setup, which basically lets you set up an Apple Watch for your child if they don’t have their own iPhone—although it may not be for all parents. You can see where your child is whenever you need them, as well as approve individual contacts before your child can start chatting with him. You can send money to spend on the watch, with alerts displayed when payments are made (and records displayed in the parents’ Wallet app). Some features, including the activity tracking app, are also customized to be a little more kid-friendly.
2) Choose from multiple watch face options
As usual, the watchOS annual update offers a choice of new watch faces for the wearable device, including Chronograph Pro with its integrated speedometer, a Memoji watch face with space for a memoji character, Count Up for elapsed time tracking, and a Stripes watch face that allows you to place a custom set of up to 9 colored stripes on the screen. You can now add color filters above the Photos dial and use more than one complication from a third-party app at the same time. Watch faces can now also be installed directly from web links.
3) Share watch faces
If you’ve come up with a watch face and a customization you’re really proud of, watchOS 7 makes it possible to share it with someone else – to share your current watch face, touch and hold the display, then tap share and choose the contact you want to send it to. You can also choose which complications to include and whether or not to share them with current data. Watch faces can also be shared from the iPhone Watch app: select the watch face in My Watch, then tap the share button (top right).
4) Customize your business goals
The arrival of watchOS 7 means that you no longer have to settle for the goals Apple gives you when it comes to the amount of exercise you need to do and how often you need to get up, because you can customize these goals yourself (as well as the Move goal , which you may already modify). To make changes, open the Activity app on your Apple Watch, then scroll down to the bottom of the first page and tap Change goals. Use the plus and minus buttons to change the digits on the screen and the The next buttons to confirm.
5) Keep track of your sleep
Built-in sleep monitoring technology is one of the main features added to watchOS 7, so you can use the wearable device to monitor the quality of your closed eye. You’ll find the Sleep app in the main app list on your Apple Watch (the icon is a white bed on a blue background), and once opened, you can activate the feature and set your sleep goals, as well as customize reminders to go to bed and charge the smartwatch in advance. On your iPhone, sleep can be managed via the Health app.
6) Track multiple types of workouts
There are three new or updated workouts that come with watchOS 7: Cooldown, Dance, and Functional Strength Training. In addition to these three, Core Training has been updated to be more accurate. These options now all appear in the Workout app as you scroll through the options and may start automatically if the watch thinks you started one – Apple says the algorithms behind dance tracking are particularly clever, measuring a variety of dance movements. arms to calculate how many calories you are burning.
7) Get reminders to wash your hands
We are still in the midst of a pandemic, if you hadn’t noticed and with that in mind, watchOS 7 will remind you to keep washing your hands for the full 20 seconds whenever it detects that you have returned home or senses the sounds and movements of hand washing. There’s an on-screen timer and haptic feedback to avoid having to keep looking at your wrist. To enable the feature on your device, upload Settings to your device, then tap Hand washing—The switch on the next screen allows you to turn the timer on or off.
8) Measure the oxygen in the blood
This is unique to the Apple Watch 6 as it needs a special sensor to take readings, but watchOS 7 can measure blood oxygen levels – a measure of how your circulation works in practice. A low blood oxygen level can be an indicator of several health problems, so it makes the Apple Watch even better at monitoring your well-being. You should find a Blood Oxygen app on your Apple Watch 6 (and a Blood Oxygen option in the iPhone Health app), which will walk you through the steps to take measurements.
9) Receive headphone volume alerts
With watchOS 7, Apple has expanded the functionality of the Noise app on Apple Watch to include listening to audio through headphones: when you reach the weekly limit recognized for safe listening with headphones, you will receive a notification on your wearable device and the volume will be lowered accordingly. This feature works in tandem with iOS 14 and builds on the headphone volume monitoring tools that were already available in iOS 13 via the Health app (open the Health app to dig into your listening history over time).
10) Delete the Control Center items
The Apple Watch has a very convenient Control Center of shortcuts that let you turn beeps on and off, check the battery level, disconnect from Wi-Fi and more. Now that watchOS 7 is here, you can delete the icons from this menu and rearrange them – scroll down to the bottom of the Control Center and tap modify to make your changes, then tap the red delete buttons to remove something from the panel. These deleted icons can be re-added if needed from the same editing screen.
11) Get translations from Siri
Instant language translations are now available on Apple Watch via Siri with the arrival of watchOS 7 – raise your wrist and say “hey Siri” to the watch, or press and hold the digital crown, then ask for something like “how do you say” station train “in Spanish?” – you will receive an on-screen response and an audible response from Siri in return. Currently 10 different languages are supported. The update comes alongside the new Translate app that Apple added in iOS 14, which we assume is powering the smartwatch feature.