How to Use the Apple Watch Digital Crown

The design of the Apple Watch has remained the same since the launch of the first model in April 2015, with two simple buttons on the side of the device: the Digital Crown — the circular button with the option to scroll up and down — and the so-called button. side.

Officially, according to Apple itself, the Digital Crown is the top button, while the side button is the bottom one. However, the smartwatch’s orientation can be changed simply by adjusting the device according to each user’s preference (see how to do this).

Naturally, as they are the only buttons on the smartwatch, they have a number of features in the watchOS system.

Find out below 5 of the most common ways to use the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch in everyday life:

1. Open the application grid

When you press the Digital Crown, the Apple Watch app grid will appear for you. If you have an app open, a first click on the Digital Crown will take you back to the home screen — to your currently defined display — while a second click will open your device’s app grid.

On the app grid screen, a single click on the Digital Crown will take you back to the home screen. If you don’t click and just scroll down, the screen will move away from the app icons — showing them in thumbnails in the distance — while scrolling up will move closer to the icons until you return to the home screen of the app. your smartwatch.

2. Scrolling apps, conversations, and numbers

Whether it’s in iMessage and Telegram chat messages, in the notifications screen and in apps open on your device, or in counting and setting numbers — such as setting a new alarm, a Timer, or setting your alarm clock — , simply turn the Digital Crown up or down, without actually pinching it, to scroll through the items displayed on the screen. You will see the smartwatch screen move as you move the button.

3. Screenshot

With the watchOS screenshot feature enabled on your device (see how to do this here), you can press both buttons at the same time — both the Digital Crown and the side button — to take screenshots of your smartwatch screen.

4. Unlocking the screen

When using features such as Sleep Time, Water Lock, and School Time modes, among others, you need to turn the Digital Crown until it completes a circle on your device’s screen in order to unlock it and return to normal use.

5. Trigger Siri

Finally, if you have Siri, Apple’s smart virtual assistant, activated on your devices, just click and press the click on the Digital Crown to trigger it quickly and conveniently.

When you activate it, you will see a microphone icon located at the top right of the screen, which means that you can now ask or ask her what you need.

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