How To Set Up A New Apple Watch: Power On And Activity App
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The button on the side of the Apple Watch - below the rotatable Digital Crown dial if you're wearing it on your left wrist and above it on the right wrist - is officially known, I kid you not, as the Side Button. On the watch made by Apple called the Apple Watch.

Anyway, the Side Button is primarily there to provide a shortcut to your favourite contacts. Press it once and you'll see their initials arranged around the dial: rotate the Digital Crown to move the cursor on to your choice, and their photo, if available, will appear in the centre. Tap their face, or the enlarged initials in the centre of the watch face if no photo is available, and it will expand and offer buttons to call, message or 'Digital Touch' them, depending on what contact details are saved, whether they have Apple Watches and so on.

But we'll return to contacts later. For the time being, we'll use the Side Button's secondary function: if you press and hold it you can power the Apple Watch on or off. Do this now to wake the watch up. As when waking up an iPhone, you'll see the Apple logo for a moment or two, before the interface starts up.

Your brand-new Apple Watch should arrive at least partially charged up. But on the off chance that it doesn't, and so you know how to recharge your wearable in the future, we'll briefly discuss how to charge up your Apple Watch in the next section.

How to set up & use the Apple Watch Activity app

It's also worth 'training' the Apple Watch so that it learns your stride length, which helps it to track runs and other activities in the related Workout app - this is used to track your performance in specific bursts of activity rather than throughout the day.

The Apple Watch hasn't got GPS, so by itself it can't tell how far you're travelling, instead having to guess based on the frequency of your footfalls. But if you spend a little time - about 20 minutes is a huge help - using the Workout app while carrying both iPhone and Apple Watch, the watch can piggyback on the iPhone's GPS, enabling the app to gather data that will improve its accuracy in future, even when separated from the phone.


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