watchOS 7 is packed with exceptional features, rolled out to the existing Apple Watch, alongside the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. If you’ve updated the Apple Watch to watchOS 7 or planning to download it, don’t miss this article. We’ve shortlisted some of the best watchOS 7 features that you should turn on and use, to make workouts engaging and routine delightful. Concerning the workout types, Apple has extended and categorized as in Dance, Core Training, Post Workout Cooldown, and Functional Strength Training.
watchOS 7 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 or later, including the latest Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE. So, if you’re to try the below features, be sure to update the Apple Watch to the latest watchOS 7 as well as iPhone needs to be updated with iOS 14 or later.
Best WatchOS 7 Features You Should Know and Try
Tip 1: Enable Reduce Loud Sounds
The Reduce Loud Sounds are specially focused to prevent hearing disabilities, when a person listens to anything at 80dB for an entire week for at least 40 hours, he/she can lose hearing or may have serious damage.
So using these settings you can control the sound level while using AirPods, AirPods Pro, or any other compatible headphone. Even if you do turn up the sound level exceeding the limit, Apple Watch won’t allow.
Here’s the detailed guide on How to Limit Loud Sound in Headphones on Apple Watch watchOS 7.
- On your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown button to bring the applications on the screen.
- Find the Settings app, and tap on it.
- Swipe down to the Sounds & Haptics.
- Under Headphone Audio, you should see the Reduce Loud Sounds.
- Toggle ON Reduce Loud Sounds.
- Also set the Sound Decibel Level, to 80Db or lower, to stay safe.
Tip 2: Turn Off Sleep Tracking without Turning Off Sleep Mode
Sleep Tracking and Sleep Mode on watchOS 7 are different, but awfully useful, and you can’t avoid them; being devoted to fitness, I can’t get off this feature. The Sleep Tracking data is transmitted to the Health App of iPhone, right from the Apple Watch. And if you’re unable to stay on track on special occasions or on weekends, I bet, you know what will be the result in the Health app. All those records, you have made for months will be destroyed due to one or two days.
Under such cases, turning off sleep tracking is recommended. This way, one can enjoy different schedules like for Weekdays and for Weekends without ruining the sleep goals. While the Sleep Mode will continue to work, with a “Sleep Well” Message in a dimmed lock screen.
- Go to the Settings app on Apple Watch.
- Scroll down and tap on the Sleep app.
- Swipe down to the Sleep Tracking.
- Toggle Off Sleep Tracking.
Tip 3: Use Handwashing Feature
In this amid pandemic, watchOS 7 came up with an interesting Handwashing feature that encourages people to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds and also sends reminder if one forgets to wash hands after returning to home.
Handwashing is Compatible with Apple Watch 4, Apple Watch 5, Apple Watch 6, and Future Apple Watch Model.
Here’s how to turn on Handwashing Timer and Handwashing Reminder on Apple Watch.
Turn On Handwashing Timer:
- Press the Digital Crown button to launch the app menu.
- Locate and tap on the Settings app.
- Tap the Handwashing app.
- Turn On Handwashing Timer.
Turn on Handwashing Reminder:
- Alternatively, open the Watch app on a paired iPhone.
- Tap on My Watch tab.
- Toggle ON Handwashing Reminder.
- When asked, don’t forget to Enable Location for Handwashing
Tip 4: Hide Notifications Content on Apple Watch
There’s a setting in the iPhone’s Watch app, using which you can control which Notifications you wish to receive on Apple Watch as well. Of course, we’ll not make any exceptions, after spending money on Apple Watch, why not make the most out of it. At the same time, raising the wrist in a public place, and reading sensitive notification is like announcing your private life to unknown peoples.
Instead, hide the Notification Details, and only know the app name from which notification is received. So, unless you tap on that notification, it won’t open up the details on the lock screen.
- Navigate to the Watch app on the paired iOS device.
- Tap on the My Watch tab.
- Select the Notifications option.
- Toggle ON Notifications Privacy.
Tip 5: Control Background App Refresh on Apple Watch
Disabling Background App Refresh has one and only one goal, to increase the battery life of the device. Turn Off the Background App Refresh on the Apple Watch for the applications that are not used by you or frequently used.
- Go to the Settings app on Apple Watch.
- Tap General.
- Tap Background App Refresh.
- Scroll down the Apps to Enable or Disable the Background App Refresh per-app basis.
Tip 6: Private MAC Address
Private MAC Address feature is also added in the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 compatible devices, alongside the Apple Watch. When you enable the MAC Address on the Apple devices, it prevents the service provider from tracking down your Apple Watch. Though it is enabled by default.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap on the Wi-Fi.
- Tap the Wi-Fi network on which your Apple Watch is connected.
- Toggle ON Private MAC.
Tip 7: Optimised Battery Charging
The Optimised Battery Charging feature was earlier introduced with the iOS 13, to maintain the battery health of the iPhone. When you enable the Optimised Battery Charging, your Apple Watch will learn the usage patterns, and depending on that, it’ll charge your Apple Watch to 100% in optimal time. This will help increase the battery life of the Apple Watch.
- Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
- Swipe down and tap on Battery.
- Locate the Battery Health option.
- Turn On the Optimized Battery Charging.
- You can choose between Turn Off Until Tomorrow or Turn Off.
Tip 8: Pair Multiple Apple Watch with iPhone
This one’s something new, if you own more than one Apple Watch or you’re planning to gift your kid an Apple Watch, then it’s a good feature for you to try. But with watchOS 7, you can pair more than one Apple Watch with a single iPhone.
From the Watch app, you can follow the same pairing procedure to add a second Watch.
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These are the new WatchOS 7 Features for your Compatible Apple Watch. But some features are limited for New Apple Watch Like Handwashing is compatible with Series 4, Series 5, and Future Models.