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How to make your Apple Watch wake up where you left off

This might suit your needs much better than a simple timepiece. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

This might suit your needs much better than a simple timepiece. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

When you make your Apple Watch wake up, either by raising your wrist or tapping the watch face itself, it will show you the watch face you’ve chosen. That’s what a watch does, right?

However, Apple Watch is much more than a timepiece, with tons of apps that you use to make your life a bit easier and cooler, right? It would be great if you could wake the watch to the last app you were using.

Here’s how to get your Apple Watch to show you that most recent app when you lift your wrist.

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How to use Handoff with Apple Watch

An unfortunately named tech for Apple devices, that's what. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

An unfortunately named tech for Apple devices, that’s what. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

There are some things your Apple Watch just cannot (or should not) do, like sending emails or searching the web.

You can still ask Siri to do these things, but she’ll ask you to take your request elsewhere — namely, to your iPhone. Here’s how Handoff works with Apple Watch.

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Make Apple Watch calendar work for your wrist

You've got options. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

You’ve got options. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

The default calendar view on Apple Watch is a list of the upcoming events for the current day. If you tap on the Today link in the upper left of the screen, you can see the whole month at a glance, which lets you tap on any day to see that day’s list of events.

But what if you want it to look less like a list and more like a calendar on your iPhone or Mac?

Luckily, there’s a simple way to do just that.

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Dismiss all your Apple Watch notifications at once

Get rid of the whole list at one time. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Get rid of the whole list at one time. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Notifications are the mainstay of Apple Watch (or any smartwatch, for that matter). Chances are you’ll get a ton of them, as most of the iPhone notifications will transfer over to your Apple Watch after you pair the two devices.

Typically, you swipe a notification left and then tap the X button when you want to dismiss a notification, or you tap through to the notification itself and then tap “Dismiss.”

But what happens when you have a slew of notifications and you’re just not interested in swipe-tapping them one at a time to go away?

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Add custom replies to Apple Watch, seem less robotic

Don't be such a square when you reply. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Don’t be such a square when you reply. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Messaging is one of the best use cases for Apple Watch – you get a message, you dictate a reply, you get on with your day.

Apple has included several pre-written responses for you to use when you’re just too busy to dictate a response (or don’t want to talk into your watch). They’re pretty awful, though, ranging from the terse (“OK”) to the fairly robotic (“Sorry, I can’t talk right now”). None of them really quite fit the way we talk, do they?

Happily, Apple lets you change these canned responses to better reflect your personality and style. Here’s how to do so.

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Use AirPlay to turn Apple Watch into a Music hub

Play your tunes on the big screen. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Play your tunes on the big screen. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Playing music on the Apple Watch is a lovely thing. You can control your iPhone’s Music app using the Apple Watch Music app, choosing playlists and adjusting volume on the fly.

You can even start apps like Spotify or Rdio on your iPhone, then use the Music Glance on your Apple Watch to forward, reverse, pause or play music from these streaming services.

Did you know, however, that you can also send music from your Apple Watch to your Apple TV or any AirPlay-enabled speaker?

Here’s how.

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How to restore an erased Apple Watch from backup

Too many incorrect passcode attempts. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Too many incorrect passcode attempts. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

If you forget your passcode on Apple Watch, or you’ve entered an incorrect one too many times, you can use the Apple Watch app on the iPhone to enter the passcode one more time. If you still can’t quite remember it, though, you’ll need to erase and restore the erased Apple Watch. This sets it back to factory default settings, and takes all the content off of it.

So how do you get all your stuff back onto the Apple Watch?

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7 stealthy tips and tricks for Apple Watch

Learning the user interface can take some time, and then there are all the subtle tricks. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Learning the user interface can take some time, and then there are all the subtle tricks. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

So, you just got your shiny new Apple Watch and you’ve doubled down on learning how to use its all-new interface. That should keep you busy for a while.

There are still a few things that you might not know about it, however, especially these not-so-obvious tips and tricks for Apple Watch we’re going to share with you right now.

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How to change out your Apple Watch band

The band stops here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The band stops here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

When I found out I’d be able to change out the band on my Apple Watch Sport, I was ecstatic. While I really don’t mind the green fluoroelastomer band, I’m looking forward to swapping it out for something a little less Swatch and a bit more Gap casual.

Changing the band is a pretty simple affair, but if you haven’t had the chance to put one on your wrist yet, it’s a bit hard to tell just how to do so.

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How to clear credit card info from a stolen Apple Watch

Let's hope you never have to worry about theft. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Let’s hope you never have to worry about theft. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

So, you just got that shiny new Apple Watch. It’s amazing, right?

So amazing that someone may try to steal it from you. Sure, that sucks, but it could happen.

Here’s how to clear the credit card info from the stolen device if you no longer have physical possession of your Apple Watch.

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