Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 are set to receive an exciting update this month: the Double Tap gesture. This upcoming software enhancement promises to revolutionize your watch experience.
Here’s everything you need to know about Double Tap and how to activate it on your watch today.
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What is the Double Tap feature?
Double Tap is a novel gesture-based feature designed exclusively for the latest Apple Watch models. It allows you to manage various watch functions by simply tapping your thumb and index finger together twice. This innovative feature aims to simplify navigation on your Apple Watch, especially when you have only one hand available – be it while walking your dog, carrying groceries, or sipping a cup of coffee.
The Double Tap gesture will be available exclusively on the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2. You can expect this feature to become active with the release of watchOS 10.1 in October. As of now, you can access watchOS 10.1 as a developer beta.
What Double Tap feature can do?
Double Tap offers a straightforward yet powerful range of functions. To engage with it, raise your wrist to wake the watch and then perform the double-tap gesture with your thumb and index finger. By default, Double Tap selects the primary button in the active app. For instance, when you receive a call, a double tap answers it, and you can use the same gesture to end the call. Similarly, when you’re watching or listening to media, Double Tap can pause, resume, or skip content.
This feature also proves handy for everyday tasks like pausing timers, resuming countdowns, and stopping alarms. You can even use Double Tap to trigger the Camera Remote app’s shutter button or dismiss notifications. In texting scenarios, a double tap lets you reply with a voice message or send a message.
How to enable the Double Tap feature on Apple Watch?
Open the Settings app.
Select Double Tap, then toggle the switch on the next screen to activate it.
Choose your preferred settings for ‘Playback’ (Play/Pause or Skip) and ‘Smart Stack’ (Advance or Select).
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