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Earliest: May 7, 2019Latest: May 21, 2019Total: 3

May 21, 2019

Apple Watch - Do Not Disturb

How do you set the Do Not Disturb on the Watch when you're at a meeting or at a Church service?

Use the "Do Not Disturb Feature." This also comes in handy when working out. Because the last thing you need is to get is a political notification from Bloomberg in the middle of a 5k run.

The following steps works in watchOS 5.2.1.

How to manually enable Do Not Disturb on your Apple Watch

DND Watch

  • Tap on the Watch Face
  • Swipe up to bring up Control Center.
  • Tap on the Do Not Disturb button. (The icon looks like a quarter Moon)
  • In the list that appears, choose a duration for Do Not Disturb.
  • To turn off Do Not Disturb, repeat the same steps.

Try It Now

I would suggest trying a couple of times, just so that you can get use to the how to pause notifications.

May 14, 2019

Apple Watch Workout App

When working out with the Apple Watch, you can set the activity when it starts or wait until the Watch notices that you're doing an activity.

It's pretty cool to get notified that an activity is in progress - sometimes when your at the gym your focus on the workout then tracking it.

Apple Watch Workouts

Seven Cool Features of using the WorkOut App

The Workout has Views and Presets for Outdoor Walk, Outdoor Run, Outdoor Cycle, Indoor Walk, Indoor Run, Indoor Cycle, Elliptical, Rower, Stair Stepper, High-Intensity Interval Training, Hiking, Yoga, Pool and Swim, and Open Water Swim.

Some machines have support for the Apple Gym Kit, which allows you to share information from the machine and the Watch. For example, the Watch can get detail Workout information and the Machine can get heartbeat information.

Using the Apple iPhone you can enable a Workout Playlist to play while you workout. This will start playing as soon as you start any type of workout. (You can select any Playlist from your Music Library)

You can make recording even easier by telling Siri, "go for a seven-minute run"

As you run, you will get a tap with every mile or kilometer. This is a good metric to use to see if the Apple Watch is in sync with an indoor machine.

Using the iPhone you can set the different Metrics to show on the watch. For example, by default, it shows the Active Calories and Total Calories. Which I don't really care about when I am running on the treadmill. So I removed both and added Average Pace and Current Pace.

In the Outdoor Run, there's an extra alert that you have - Pace Alert. This lets you choose a target pace for your run and your watch will alert you when you're ahead or behind. This is great to use when you targeting running a 5k. You set this up by click on the three dots on the Outdoor run and you'll see Pace Alerts on the bottom of the screen. You will get notified at each mile.

May 7, 2019

Apple Watch Dock

If you're familiar with MacOS you know about the Dock on the bottom of the screen. It's where you keep commonly used applications so that you can access them quickly.

The Apple Watch has a similar dock feature - appropriately named Dock. It's something that is configured in the Watch app. This is where you can have quick access to Apps that you use the most.

This feature saves you time trying to visually remember icons from all the other ones in the Application layout. To access the Apple Dock on the Watch simple click on the button below the Digital crown.

Apple Watch Dock

My Apple Dock

In my Apple Watch Dock, I have setup 5 applications that I define that I always want to have quick access to:

  • Activity - Useful to know if I am meeting the daily goals.
  • Workout - If I am about to do a workout, I want to be able to quickly record the time.
  • Timer - Useful when cooking things on the grill. I know when my 5-minutes of grilling one side of the burger is done.
  • Dog Walk - Time to take the dog for a walk. Track the route.

Getting Started with the Dock

The best way to get started is to use the "recent apps" settings. That way popular apps that you actually use are available in the Dock.