iPhone shortcuts help you automate tasks, no matter how simple or complicated they are. But did you know that you can actually run some of your shortcuts directly on your Apple Watch and right from your watch face? If you’re running watchOS 7 and higher on Apple Watch (and iOS 14 and higher on the iPhone), you can use the Shortcuts app on your smartwatch to trigger shortcuts. The Shortcuts app on the iPhone automatically recognizes shortcuts that can run on the Apple Watch and adds them to a separate “Apple Watch” folder. Note: You can manually add and remove Apple Watch shortcuts from the automatically generated folder. Take a look at our complete guide to using the Shortcuts app on the Apple Watch to learn more. RELATED: How to Use Shortcuts on Apple Watch In this guide, we’ll focus on adding existing Apple Watch shortcuts directly to a watch face. Once added, you can simply tap the shortcut and confirm to trigger it. First, navigate to the watch face that … [Read more...] about How to Launch Shortcuts from an Apple Watch Face
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Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 translates the squad-based, first-person shooter into a nonviolent game that’s suitable for a younger audience. But the game displays drawings (called “posts”) created by other players. Luckily, there are two ways you can turn these off. What Is a Player Post in Splatoon 2 ? Splatoon 2 is an updated version of Splatoon , which first launched for the Wii U in 2015. The Wii U included a touch screen with a stylus and encouraged players to share drawings via a now-defunct online service called Miiverse. As an extension of this idea, Splatoon allowed players to draw pictures called “posts” and display them for other users. Splatoon 2 carries on this tradition. Players can draw and share posts with others. You’ll see them floating over other players’ heads while you wander through Inkopolis Plaza (the main city hub in the game). While many of these posts are beautiful works of art, players can draw anything they want (until they’re reported … [Read more...] about How to Turn Off Player Drawings in “Splatoon 2”
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?
The Apple Watch should have enough charge to last you a full day with moderate-to-heavy use. If you don’t use it a ton, you might even get more than a day out of it! But what do you do when your Watch battery just doesn’t last long enough? Here are some tips for making your Apple wearable last longer. Disable Always-On Display (Series 5 and Later) The Apple Watch Series 5 and later (except the SE) boasts an always-on display. This means there’s no need to flick your wrist or tap the screen to see the time. Apple uses some clever tricks to reduce power consumption to make this possible, including lowering the display’s refresh rate from 60Hz (60 refreshes per second) to just 1Hz. You can save even more power by simply turning off the always-on display, and then just raising the Watch to wake it. To do so, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap General > Display & Brightness, and then uncheck “Always On.” Use a Dark Watch Face and Reduce Brightness The display in … [Read more...] about How to Improve Your Apple Watch’s Battery Life: 12 Tips