Support for TTY and RTT on iPhone iOS 11

If you have hearing or speech difficulties, you can communicate by telephone using Teletype (TTY) or real-time text (RTT)—protocols that transmit text as you type and allow the recipient to read the message right away. RTT is a more advanced protocol that transmits audio as you type text. (Only certain carriers support TTY and RTT.)

iPhone provides built-in Software RTT and TTY from the Phone app—it requires no additional devices. If you turn on Software RTT/TTY, iPhone defaults to the RTT protocol whenever it’s supported by the carrier.

iPhone also supports Hardware TTY, so you can connect iPhone to an external TTY device with the iPhone TTY Adapter (sold separately in many regions).

Set up RTT or TTY. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > RTT/TTY or Settings > General > Accessibility > TTY, where you can:

  • Turn on Software RTT/TTY or Software TTY.
  • Turn on Hardware TTY.
  • Enter the phone number to use for relay calls with Software TTY.
  • Choose to send each character as you type or enter the whole message before you send.
  • Turn on Answer All Calls as TTY.

When RTT or TTY is turned on, the TTY icon appears in the status bar at the top of the screen.

Connect iPhone to an external TTY device. If you turned on Hardware TTY in Settings, connect iPhone to your TTY device using the iPhone TTY Adapter. If Software TTY is also turned on, incoming calls default to Hardware TTY. For information about using a particular TTY device, see the documentation that came with it.

Start an RTT or TTY call. In the Phone app, choose a contact, then tap the phone number. Choose RTT/TTY Call or RTT/TTY Relay Call, wait for the call to connect, then tap RTT/TTY. iPhone defaults to the RTT protocol whenever it’s supported by the carrier.

When making an emergency call in the U.S., iPhone sends out a series of TDD tones to alert the operator. The operator’s ability to receive or respond to TDD can vary depending on your location. Apple doesn’t guarantee that the operator will be able to receive or respond to an RTT or TTY call.

If you haven’t turned RTT on and you receive an incoming RTT call, tap the RTT button to answer the call with RTT.

Type text during an RTT or TTY call. Enter your message in the text field. If you turned on Send Immediately in Settings, your recipient sees each character as you type. Otherwise, tap the Send button to send the message. To also transmit audio, tap the Microphone button.

Review the transcript of a Software RTT or TTY call. In the Phone app, tap Recents, then tap the More Info button next to the call you want to see. RTT and TTY calls have the RTT/TTY icon next to them.

Note: Continuity features aren’t available for RTT and TTY support. Standard voice call rates apply for both Software RTT/TTY and Hardware TTY calls.

 

Edit Photos and Trim Videos on iPhone iOS 11

You can edit still photos and Live Photos right on iPhone. If your photos are stored in iCloud, your edits are updated across all your devices set up with iCloud, and both your original and edited versions are saved. If you delete a photo, it’s deleted from all your devices and iCloud. Photo app extensions can provide special editing options.

Edit a photo or Live Photo. View the photo full screen, tap Edit, then tap a tool. When you’re finished, tap Done.

  • Auto-enhance the Auto Enhance button improves a photo’s exposure, contrast, saturation, and other qualities.
  • When a photo is taken with flash, use the Remove Red-eye tool the Red Eye button by tapping each eye that needs correcting.
  • To crop the photo, tap the Crop button. Photos suggests an optimal crop, but you can drag the corners of the grid tool to set your own crop. Move the wheel to tilt or straighten the photo; tap Reset to undo these changes. Tap the Rotate button to rotate the photo 90 degrees. Tap the Aspect Ratio button to choose a standard crop ratio, such as 2:3 or Square.
    A photo with crop controls showing. Crop, Filter, and Adjustments buttons are aligned vertically along the left and the Ratio button at the bottom. To the right is the Rotate button at the top. The tilt wheel is adjacent to the left side of the photo, with the Reset option showing. A Done button appears at the top-left corner of the screen and Cancel appears at the bottom-left corner.
  • With photo filters the Filters button, you can apply different effects, such as Vivid, Dramatic, or Silvertone.
  • Tap the Adjustments button to make adjustments to light, color, or black and white. Tap an option, then move the slider to the desired effect. Tap the List button for fine adjustments.

Don’t like the results? Before you save your changes, tap Cancel, then tap Discard Changes. Or tap Done to save changes.

Add a Live Photo effect. Swipe up on a Live Photo and tap an effect. Loop repeats the action in a continuous looping video. Bounce rewinds the action backwards and forward. Long Exposure simulates a DSLR-like long exposure effect by blurring motion.

Make a still photo from a Live Photo. View the Live Photo, tap Edit, then tap the Live button at the top of the screen.

Set a key photo for a Live Photo. View the Live Photo, tap Edit, then drag the square in the frame viewer until you find a still photo you like. Tap Make Key Photo.

Trim or mute a Live Photo. View the Live Photo. Tap Edit, then drag either end of the frame viewer. To mute, tap the Sound button.

A Live Photo screen with the Live Photo in the center and the Sound, Live, and Enhance buttons at the top. Beneath the Live Photo is the frame viewer with the Make Key Photo button active.

Compare the edited version to the original. Tap Edit, then touch and hold the photo to view the original. Release to see your edits.

Revert to original. After you edit a photo and save your changes, you can revert to the original image. Tap the image, tap Edit, then tap Revert.

Mark up a photo. View the photo, tap Edit, tap the More button, then tap Markup. Annotate the photo with the Markup tools (pen, pencil, and marker). Erase your marks with the eraser. (If it’s a Live Photo, Markup turns it into a still image.) See Use Markup.

Add a photo filter. Tap the Filters button, then below the viewer, swipe the filters left or right to preview and choose a filter. You can remove or change filters that were applied in either Camera or Photos.

Photo with filter choices beneath. The Cancel button is in the lower left and the Done button is in the lower right.

Trim a video. Tap Edit, drag either end of the frame viewer, tap Done, then tap Save as New Clip. The new video clip is saved in your Videos album (the original video remains unchanged).

Video with the frame viewer across the bottom. The Cancel button is in the lower left and the Done button is in the lower right.

Set the slow-motion section of a video shot in Slo-mo. Tap Edit, then use the vertical bars beneath the frame viewer. (See Shoot video for information about Slo-mo.)

The control for setting which section of video plays in slow motion

Apple Camera Help on iOS 11

Take photos

You can take photos and videos with the front-facing and rear cameras. To quickly get to the camera, swipe left from the Lock screen.

Camera in Photo mode, with other modes to the left and right. Buttons for Flash, HDR, Live Photo, Timer, and Filters appear at the top of the screen. An image thumbnail at the lower left gives access to view existing photos and videos. The Shutter button is at the bottom center, and the Switch Camera button is in the lower right.

Choose a photo mode. Camera has several photo modes so you can shoot standard and square-format photos, and panoramas. To choose a mode, swipe the screen left or right, or tap Photo, Square, or Pano.

On iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus, you can also choose Portrait mode, which uses a depth effect to focus on your subject and blur the background.

Take a photo. To open Camera, swipe left from the Lock screen, or tap Camera. Choose a photo mode (for example, Photo, Square, or Pano), then tap the Shutter button, or press either volume button.

If you started from the Lock screen, return to it by swiping up (iPhone X) or pressing the Home button (other models).

3D Touch. In Control Center or on the Home screen, press the Camera button, then choose a quick action.

Ask Siri. Say something like:

  • “Open Camera”
  • “Take a photo”

Capture a portrait. (iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus) Choose Portrait mode, frame your subject, then tap the Shutter button.

On iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, you can highlight your subject with a stunning Portrait Lighting effect (beta). In Camera, choose Portrait mode, then drag the Portrait Lighting control to choose the lighting.

  • Natural Light: The face is in sharp focus against a blurred background.
  • Studio Light: The face is brightly lit, and the photo has an overall clean look.
  • Contour Light: The face has dramatic shadows with highlights and lowlights.
  • Stage Light: The face is spotlit against a deep black background.
  • Stage Light Mono: The effect is like Stage Light, but the photo is in classic black and white.

On iPhone X, you can take a Portrait mode selfie with a Portrait Lighting effect. Switch to the front-facing TrueDepth camera, choose Portrait mode, then frame your face.

Camera in Portrait mode, showing the Portrait mode selector and the Portrait Lighting options near the middle of the screen.

Turn Depth Effect on or off for a photo shot in Portrait mode. (iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus) In the Photos app, view a photo that was shot in Portrait mode, tap Edit, then tap Portrait to turn the blurred depth effect on or off.

Tip: It’s easy to find photos you captured in Portrait mode that have Depth Effect turned on. In the Photos app, tap Albums, then tap the Portrait album.

Zoom in or out. (iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus) The Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras capture full-resolution video and stills at 1x and 2x zoom. To quickly switch, toggle 1x zoom or 2x zoom. You can zoom even further with digital zoom—up to 10x for photos and up to 6x for videos. For finer zoom and to zoom beyond 2x, touch and hold the zoom control, then slide left and right. You can also pinch the screen to zoom in and out. On other iPhone models, pinch the screen to zoom in and out.

The telephoto camera on iPhone X has optical image stabilization, which allows you to capture great zoomed video and stills in low light.

Keep it straight. To display a grid that can help you align shots, go to Settings > Camera, then turn on Grid.

Take a Live Photo. A Live Photo captures what happens just before and after you take your photo. Tap the Live Photos button to turn on Live Photos (yellow is on), then tap the Shutter button. You can edit Live Photos in the Photos app. In your albums, Live Photos are marked with “Live” in the corner.

Add a photo filter. You can apply a filter before you take a photo in Photo, Square, and Portrait mode. Tap the Filter button, then below the viewer, swipe the filters left or right to preview and choose one. You can remove or change a photo’s filter in Photos.

Camera in Filter view. Several filters are displayed as thumbnails below the image. The selected filter has a square boarder around it.

Adjust shutter-sound volume. Adjust the volume of the shutter sound using the Ringer and Alerts settings in Settings > Sounds . Or mute the sound using the Ring/Silent switch. (In some countries, muting is disabled.)

Take Burst shots. With the camera in Photo or Square mode, touch and hold the Shutter button to take rapid-fire photos in bursts. Lift your finger to stop. The counter shows how many shots you’ve taken. You can take burst photos with the rear and front-facing cameras. To select the photos you want to keep, tap the burst thumbnail, then tap Select. Gray dots below the thumbnails mark the suggested photos. Tap the circle in the lower-right corner of each photo you want to save as a separate photo, then tap Done. To delete the burst of photos, tap the burst thumbnail, then tap the Delete button.

To choose which burst photos to upload to your Photo Stream, go to Settings > Photos.

Take a selfie with Retina Flash. Turn on the flash, switch to the front-facing camera, then tap the Shutter button (the display flashes on exposure).

Take a panorama photo. (rear camera) Choose Pano, tap the Shutter button, then pan slowly in the direction of the arrow, keeping the arrow on the center line. To finish the pan, tap the button again. To pan in the other direction instead, first tap the arrow. To pan vertically, rotate iPhone to landscape orientation. You can reverse the direction of a vertical pan, too.

On iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus, toggle between the 1x Zoom button and the 2x Zoom button to shoot a panorama at 1x and 2x zoom at full resolution.

Camera in Panorama mode. An arrow, left of center, points right to show the direction of the pan.

Use the capture timer. Use the capture timer to give yourself time to be in the shot. First stabilize iPhone where you want, then frame your shot. Tap the Timer button, tap 3s or 10s, then tap the Shutter button.

Preserve camera settings. You can preserve the last camera mode and photo filter settings you used so they’re not reset when you next open Camera. Go to Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings, then turn on Camera Mode. You can also preserve Live Photo settings.

Compress photos to save space. (iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus) To save space, iPhone captures photos and videos in new high-efficiency formats called HEIF and HEVC automatically. To change image and video format settings, go to Settings > Camera > Formats, then choose either High Efficiency (saves more space) or Most Compatible.

Take a screenshot. To capture what’s displayed on your screen:

  • iPhone X: Simultaneously press and then release the side button and volume up button.
  • Other models: Simultaneously press and then release the Home button and the side button or Sleep/Wake button (depending on your model).

Tap the screenshot, then tap Done and choose Save to Photos or Delete Screenshot. If you save the screenshot, you can view it in the Screenshots album or All Photos album (if you’re using iCloud Photo Library).

Read a QR code. Camera automatically detects a QR code when it’s in the picture frame. Tap the notification that appears to go to the relevant website or app.

Do Not Disturb While Driving

Do Not Disturb while driving

When “Do Not Disturb while driving” is activated, it helps you stay focused on the road. Text messages and other notifications are silenced or limited. Siri reads replies aloud, so you don’t have to look at your iPhone (the screen stays dark). Incoming calls are allowed only when iPhone is connected to a car Bluetooth system or a hands-free accessory, or when you use the Do Not Disturb settings to allow some calls.

WARNING: For important information about navigation and avoiding distractions that could lead to dangerous situations, see Important safety information. “Do Not Disturb while driving” is not a substitute for following all rules that prohibit distracted driving.

Use “Do Not Disturb while driving.” If iPhone detects you might have driven a vehicle before you set up “Do Not Disturb while driving,” iPhone asks if you want to turn it on. Otherwise, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Activate, then choose an option: Automatically (when iPhone detects you might be driving), Manually (only from Control Center), or When Connected to Car Bluetooth.

If you choose Manually, add Do Not Disturb While Driving to Control Center. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, then tap the Insert button next to Do Not Disturb While Driving.

Note: When you’re using CarPlay, “Do Not Disturb while driving” isn’t activated.

Get calls, messages, and notifications when you’re a passenger. If “Do Not Disturb while driving” becomes active when you’re not driving (if you’re a passenger, for example), tap the Do Not Disturb notification on the Lock screen, then tap I’m Not Driving. You can also swipe up from the bottom of the screen (iPhone X) or press the Home button (other models), then tap I’m Not Driving.

The Do Not Disturb notification on the Lock screen.

Send an auto-reply text message that you’re driving. By default, an auto-reply is sent to anyone in your Favorites group. To change who receives the auto-reply, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Auto-Reply To, then choose one of the following:

  • Recents: Sends an auto-reply to anyone you sent a message to in the previous two days, even if they’re not in your Contacts.
  • Favorites: Sends an auto-reply to anyone in your Favorites group in Phone.
  • All Contacts: Sends an auto-reply to everyone in Contacts.
  • No One: Turns off auto-reply.

If anyone responds to your auto-reply message with the message “Urgent,” all subsequent texts from that person come through for the remainder of your drive.

Create a custom auto-reply text message. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Auto-Reply, then tap the message to bring up the keyboard.

Allow some calls. If your car doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can allow some calls to come through.

  • Allow a second call from the same person within 3 minutes: Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb, then turn on Repeated Calls.
  • Allow calls from your Favorites or everyone: Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Allow Calls From.

Note: “Do Not Disturb while driving” uses Location Services to help determine if you might be driving or if you’re near your home, work, or a predicted destination. The location data Apple collects for these purposes doesn’t personally identify you. To turn off Location Services for “Do Not Disturb while driving,” go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services, then turn off Location-Based Alerts.

Scan a document in iOS 11 Notes

Scan a document

You can use the camera to scan documents into Notes, then add markup or signatures.

Scan documents. Tap the Insert button, then choose Scan Documents. When you position iPhone so that the document page appears on the screen, iPhone automatically captures the page. Continue to scan more pages or tap Save when you’re done.

A screen showing a document being scanned. The Take Picture button is at the bottom center.

Tip: To manually capture a page, tap the Take Picture button. Tap Keep Scan to save the page or tap Retake to try again.

Turn the flash on or off. Tap the Show Flash Settings button.

Apply a filter. Tap the Show Filter Settings button, then choose to scan the page as a color, grayscale, or black and white document, or as a photo.

Manually adjust a scan. Before you save a scan, you can tap the thumbnail to show tools to adjust the crop, rotation, or filter of the scan. After you save the scan, you can tap the scanned document in the note to make adjustments or capture more pages.

Mark up a saved scan. Tap the scanned document, tap the Share button, then tap the Markup button. To add your signature, tap the Add Annotation button, then tap Signature.

 

 

Use Markup

In apps including Notes, Mail, and iBooks, you can annotate images, notes, PDFs, screenshots, and more with built-in drawing tools. In some apps, you can also add text, speech bubbles and other shapes, and signatures.

Mark it up. Tap the Markup button, then use your finger to draw.

To mark up a screenshot right after you take it, tap the thumbnail that appears for a few moments in the bottom-left corner of the screen. (To share a screenshot after you mark it up, tap the Share button.)

Choose a markup tool. Tap the pencil, marker, or pen tool. Switch to the eraser—or tap the Undo buttonif you make a mistake.

An image of a sofa is annotated in blue handwriting with the question “do you like this?” Drawing tools and the color selector appear at the bottom of the screen. A menu with choices to add text, shapes, and signatures, or use the Magnifier, appears in the lower right corner.

Move your drawings. Tap the Lasso button, drag around one or more drawings to make a selection, lift your finger, then drag your selection to a new location.

View more color choices. Tap the current color to view a color palette. Swipe the palette left or right to see more colors. Or, hold iPhone in landscape orientation.

Zoom in. Pinch open so you can draw the details, then pinch closed to zoom back out. To navigate when you’re zoomed in, drag two fingers.

Add text. Tap the Add Annotation button, then tap Text. Tap the text box, tap Edit, then type your text. To change the font or layout, tap the Shape Attributes button.To move the text box, drag it.

Add your signature. Tap the Add Annotation button, then tap Signature.

Add a shape. Tap the Add Annotation button, then tap a shape. To move the shape, drag it. To resize it, drag any blue dot.

To fill the shape with color or change the line thickness, tap the Shape Attributes button. To adjust the form of a shape that has a green dot, drag the dot. To delete or duplicate a shape, tap it then choose an option.

Magnify a portion of the screen. Tap the Add Annotation button, then tap Magnifier. To change the magnification level, drag the green dot. To change the size of the magnifier, drag the blue dot.

Erase/Reset Apple Watch

Erase Apple Watch

In some cases, you may need to erase Apple Watch—if you forgot your passcode, for example.

This will erase everything on your watch and reset it to a like-new state.

Reset Apple Watch settings. On Apple Watch, open the Settings app , go to General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content and Settings. Or, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, go to General > Reset, then tap Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.

If you can’t access the Settings app on Apple Watch because you’ve forgotten your passcode, put Apple Watch on its charger, then press and hold the side button until you see Power Off. Firmly press the Power Off slider, then lift your finger. Tap Erase all content and settings.

After the reset finishes and Apple Watch restarts, you need to pair Apple Watch with iPhone again—open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then follow the instructions shown on iPhone and Apple Watch.

Available Faces on the Apple Watch [+Customization How To]

Faces and features

Apple Watch comes with a variety of watch faces, most of which you can customize. Look for software updates; the set of watch faces that follows might differ from what you see on your Apple Watch.

If you are interested in customizing your watch face and are already familear with the faces offered, jump to the customization information.

Note: The Radio complication appears only on Apple Watch Series 3.

Activity Analog

This watch face shows your Activity progress, superimposed over a traditional analog clock. You can choose to see your Activity rings in the familiar stacked design or as subdials.

Activity Analog watch face showing the time as well as Move, Exercise, and Stand goal progress. There are also three complications: Weather Conditions at the top left, Workout at the top right, and Calendar at the bottom.
  • Customizable features: Face color • Style (rings or subdials)
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Activity Digital

With large, uniform fonts, this watch face shows the time in a digital format, along with your Activity progress.

Activity Digital watch face showing the time as well as Move, Exercise, and Stand goal progress. There is a Workout complication at the top right.
  • Customizable features: Face color • Seconds time
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Astronomy

In addition to the time and date, this watch face shows you the phase of the Moon, the Earth as currently illuminated, and the positions of the planets.

The Astronomy watch face, which displays the day, date, and current time, which you can't change. At the bottom left is the current moon phase. At the bottom right is the position of the planets in the solar system. Turn the Digital Crown to move forward or back in time.

Chronograph

This watch face measures time in precise increments, like a classic analog stopwatch. It includes a stopwatch that can be activated right from the face.

The Chronograph watch face, where you can adjust the face color and details of the dial. It shows four complications: Heart Rate at the top left, Stopwatch at the top right, Timer at the bottom left, and Activity at the bottom right.
  • Customizable features: Face color • Timescale
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Color

This watch face displays the time and any features you add in your choice of bright colors.

The Color watch face, where you can adjust the color of the watch face. It shows four complications: Activity at the top left, Breathe at the top right, Weather Conditions at the bottom left, and Timer at the bottom right.
  • Customizable features: Dial color • Monogram
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Explorer

The Explorer watch face is found only on Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) and prominently features green dots, which indicate cellular signal strength.

The Explorer watch face is an analog clock. Just above the center of the watch face are the four green dots that indicate cellular signal strength.
  • Customizable features: Color of the hands • Style
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Kaleidoscope

Select a photo to create a watch face with evolving patterns of shapes and colors. Turn the Digital Crown to change the pattern.

The Kaleidoscope watch face where you can add complications, and adjust the watch face patterns. It shows the Activity complication at the top left, the Workout complication at the top right, and the Weather Conditions complication at the bottom.
  • Customizable features: Image • Style
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse

Let Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse give you a whimsical view of the time—their arms rotate to indicate the hours and minutes, while their feet tap out each second.

The Mickey Mouse watch face where you can add many complications.
  • Customizable features: Character’s clothes color • Character
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Tip: Raise your wrist and tap the watch face to hear Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse tell you the time.

Choose whether your character speaks the time. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Sounds & Haptics, then tap Tap to Speak Time. You don’t hear the voice if Apple Watch is in Silent Mode—to turn Silent Mode on or off, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to open Control Center, then tap Silent Mode.

Modular

This watch face has a digital time display and a grid layout that lets you add many features to give you a thorough view of your day.

The Modular watch face, where you can adjust the color of the watch face. It shows three complications along the bottom: Heart Rate, Activity, and Workout.
  • Customizable features: Color
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Motion

This watch face displays a beautiful animated theme.

The Motion watch face showing a flower. You can choose which object is in motion and add several complications.
  • Customizable features: Choose animated butterflies, flowers, or jellyfish
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Calendar • Date • Heart Rate • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Radio • Reminders • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Workout • World Clock

Numerals

This watch face displays the time with analog hands over a large hour marker. You can choose from seven different typefaces and countless colors for the perfect combination.

Numeral watch face showing the chiseled typeface in blue and an Activity complication at the bottom left.
  • Customizable features: Color • Typeface
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Photos

This watch face lets you show a photo from the Photos app on Apple Watch. For variety, add more than one Photo face.

The Photo watch face shows a photo from your synced photo album. The face shows the date above the time and weather conditions below the time.
  • Customizable features: Synced album • Time position
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Calendar • Date • Heart Rate • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Radio • Reminders • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Workout • World Clock

Create a Photo face on Apple Watch. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe all the way to the right, tap the New button (+), then tap Photo. Or, while browsing in the Photos app on Apple Watch, press any photo, then tap Create Watch Face.

Create a Photo face on iPhone. Open the Photos app on iPhone, tap a photo, tap the Action button, then tap Create Watch Face. Choose to create a Photos watch face or a Kaleidoscope watch face.

Change the photo. With the current Photo watch face showing, firmly press the display, tap Customize, turn the Digital Crown to zoom out, then tap a photo.

Not seeing photos? Make sure the photos are in your synced album. For help, see Choose your album and manage storage.

Simple

This minimalistic and elegant watch face lets you add detail to the dial and features to the corners.

The Simple watch face, where you can adjust the color of the second hand and adjust the numbering and detail of the dial. There are four complications shown: Weather Conditions at the top left, Heart Rate at the top right, Activity at the bottom left, and Timer at the bottom right.
  • Customizable features: Detail and numbering of the dial • Color of the second hand
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Siri

The Siri watch face showing a reminder and a boarding pass. A Siri button is at the top-left of the screen. The date and time are at the top right.

The Siri watch face displays the information you need when you need it—your next appointment, a reminder, or the traffic on your way home—based on your location and the time of day. Just tap to get more information.

  • Customizable features: Choose to display information from Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Home, News, Now Playing, Photos, Reminders, Stocks, Stopwatch, Timer, Wallet, Weather, and Workout
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Siri • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Solar

Based on your current location and time of day, the Solar watch face displays the Sun’s position in the sky, as well as the day, date, and current time.

The Solar watch face displays the day, date, and current time, which can't be modified. Turn the Digital Crown to move the sun in the sky to dusk, dawn, zenith, sunset, and darkness.

Timelapse

This watch face shows a timelapse video of a natural setting or cityscape of your choice.

The Timelapse watch face shows timelapse video of a scenic locale. At the bottom is the Activity complication.
  • Customizable features: Choose video of Mack Lake, New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris, or Shanghai
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Calendar • Date • Heart Rate • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Radio • Reminders • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Workout • World Clock

Toy Story

Your favorite Toy Story characters come to life with a raise of the wrist.

The Toy Story watch face shows the date and time at the top right and an animated Jessie in the middle left of the screen.
  • Customizable features: Choose Toy Box, Buzz, Woody, or Jessie
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Calendar • Date • Heart Rate • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Radio • Reminders • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Workout • World Clock

Utility

This watch face is practical and functional; add up to three complications to display what you want to see at a glance.

The Utility watch face, where you can adjust the color of the second hand and adjust the numbering and detail of the dial.
  • Customizable features: Color of the second hand • Divisions and numbering of the dial
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

X-Large

For when you need the largest available display. When you add a complication, it fills the screen.

On the left, the X-Large watch face displays the time in digital format, filling the screen. On the right, the Heart Rate complication fills the screen, with the time in the top-right corner.
  • Customizable features: Color
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Customize your watch face

Personalize the Apple Watch face so it looks the way you want and provides the functions you need. Choose a design, adjust colors and features, then add it to your collection. Switch faces at any time to see the right timekeeping tools—or to shake things up.

Tip: The Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app is the easiest way to see all of the available watch faces, customize one, and add it to your collection. But, if your iPhone isn’t handy, you can customize your face right on your watch. For more information, see Explore the Face Gallery.

Choose a different face. Swipe edge to edge across the watch face to see other faces in your collection. To see all available watch faces, firmly press the watch face, swipe to the one you want, then tap it.

When you firmly press the watch face, you see the current watch face with a Customize button at the bottom. Swipe left or right to see other watch face options. Tap Customize to add the features you want.

You can add special features—called complications—to some watch faces, so you can instantly check things like stock prices, the weather report, or information from other apps you installed.

Customize your watch face. With the watch face showing, firmly press the display, then tap Customize. Swipe to select a feature, then turn the Digital Crown to adjust. If the face offers complications, they’re shown together on the last screen—tap one to select it, then adjust using the Digital Crown. When you’re finished, press the Digital Crown to save your changes, then tap the face to switch to it. For information about each watch face, see Faces and features.

Activity Analog customize screen with Activity ring style feature highlighted. Turn the Digital Crown to change options.

Add complications from other apps. In addition to the built-in complications that show information such as weather, stocks, or moon phase, you can add complications for many apps you get from the App Store. To make these complications available when you customize a face, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then tap Complications.

Add a watch face to your collection. Create your own collection of custom faces—even variations of the same design. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe left all the way to the end, then tap the New button (+). Swipe up and down to browse designs, then tap the one you want to add. After you add it, you can customize it.

New watch face screen, with a plus button in the middle. Tap to add a new watch face.

View your collection. You can see all your watch faces at a glance—just open the Apple Watch app, tap My Watch, then swipe through your collection below My Faces.

Delete a face from your collection. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe to the face you don’t want, then swipe it up and tap Remove. You can always add the watch face again later.

The Apple Watch screen showing Remove and Cancel buttons, which appear after you swipe to a watch face, then swipe up on it to delete it.

Set your watch ahead. Open the Settings app Settings icon, tap Time, tap +0 min, then turn the Digital Crown to set the watch ahead by as much as 59 minutes. This setting only changes the time shown on the watch face—it doesn’t affect alarms, times in notifications, or any other times (such as World Clock).

In Time settings, the Apple Watch screen shows a watch face divided into five-minute increments. The first five-minute increment is highlighted, and “+5” appears in the middle of the screen, showing you’ve set the time ahead five minutes.

Explore the Face Gallery

The Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app is the easiest way to see all of the available watch faces. When you find one that looks interesting, you can customize it, choose complications, then add the face to your collection—all from the gallery.

Open the Face Gallery. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then tap Face Gallery.

Apple Watch app open to the Face Gallery. The top row shows faces that are new, the next row shows featured complications. You can scroll to see more faces grouped by type.

Choose features for a face. In the Face Gallery, tap a face, then tap a feature such as color or style. As you play around with different options, the face at the top changes so you can make sure the design is just right.

Add complications. In the Face Gallery, tap a face, then tap a complication position, such as Top, Right, or Bottom. Scroll to see which complications are available for that position, then tap the one you want. If you decide you don’t want a complication in that position, scroll to the top of the list and tap Off. For a complete list of available complications for each watch face, see Faces and features.

Add a face. After you customize a face in the Face Gallery, tap Add. To switch to the new face on Apple Watch, swipe left across the watch face until you see it.

Icons on the Apple Watch (and their meaning)

The status icons

Status icons at the top of the screen give you information about Apple Watch:

Notification icon
You have an unread notification. Swipe down on the watch face to read it.
Charging icon
Apple Watch is charging.
Low battery icon
Apple Watch battery is low.
Lock icon
Apple Watch is locked. Tap to enter the passcode and unlock.
Water Lock icon
Water Lock is on, and the screen doesn’t respond to taps. Turn the Digital Crown to unlock. (Water Lock is available for Apple Watch Series 2 and later only.)
Do Not Disturb icon
Do Not Disturb is turned on. Calls and alerts won’t sound or light up the screen, but alarms are still in effect.
Airplane Mode icon
Airplane Mode is turned on. Wireless is turned off but non-wireless features are still available.
Theater Mode icon
Theater Mode is turned on. Apple Watch is silenced and its display won’t light up when you raise your wrist.
Workout icon
You have a workout in progress. To end the workout, see Start your workout.
No cellular icon—Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) only
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) has lost the connection to a cellular network. See Use Apple Watch with a cellular network—Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) only.
Disconnected iPhone icon
Apple Watch has lost the connection with its paired iPhone. This happens when Apple Watch isn’t close enough to iPhone, or when Airplane Mode is enabled on iPhone. For more information, see the Apple Support article If your Apple Watch isn’t connected to your iPhone.
Connected iPhone icon
Apple Watch is connected to its paired iPhone.
Location indicator
An app on Apple Watch is using location services.
Wi-Fi icon
Apple Watch is connected to a known Wi-Fi network.
Wireless activity icon
There’s wireless activity or an active process happening.
Background audio recording icon
Audio is recording in the background.
LTE icon
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) is connected to a cellular network. The number of dots indicates signal strength.

Changing Wristbands on Apple Watch

Remove, change, and fasten bands

Follow these general instructions for removing, changing, and fastening bands, and then find the instructions for your specific band later in this section. Make sure you’re replacing a band with one of the same size. The bands are sized according to the size of Apple Watch and should not be used interchangeably. Some band styles are made for a particular size Apple Watch only.

Remove and change bands. Press the band release button on Apple Watch, slide the band across to remove it, then slide the new band in. Never force a band into the slot. If you’re having trouble removing or inserting a band, press the band release button again.

The back of Apple Watch, with the band release button in the center of the bottom edge.

Fasten a band. For optimal performance, Apple Watch should fit closely on your wrist.

For best results, the back of Apple Watch needs skin contact for features like wrist detection, haptic notifications, and the heart rate sensor. Wearing Apple Watch with the right fit—not too tight, not too loose, and with room for your skin to breathe—keeps you comfortable and lets the sensors do their job. You may want to tighten Apple Watch for workouts, then loosen the band when you’re done. In addition, the sensors work only when you wear Apple Watch on the top of your wrist.

Classic Buckle

Materials include leather with stainless steel.

To fasten the classic buckle band, guide the free end up through the loop, then back out while capturing the latch in a hole. Slip the excess under the loop.

Leather Loop

Materials include leather with stainless steel; fits the 42 mm Apple Watch only; contains magnets. For information about magnets, see “Medical device interference” in Important safety information.

To fasten the leather loop, insert the free end of the long end up through the slot in the other half, then fold it back against itself until the magnets engage.

Link Bracelet

Materials include stainless steel.

Important: Press a quick release button first so that the Link Bracelet is in two pieces before you attempt to remove or resize it.

The inside of a Link Bracelet band, with the quick release button at the center edge of the link. When the quick release button is pressed, the links are pulled apart. Next to it is a picture of the back of Apple Watch, showing the band release button in the center of the bottom edge, and the watch band sliding out as the button is pressed.
To fasten the link bracelet band, fold the hinged ends toward each other until they click together.

Milanese Loop

Materials include stainless steel; contains magnets. For information about magnets, see “Medical device interference” in Important safety information.

To fasten the Milanese loop band, insert the free end of the long end up through the loop on the other side of the watch, then fold it back against itself until the magnets engage.

Modern Buckle

Materials include leather with stainless steel; fits the 38 mm Apple Watch only; contains magnets. For information about magnets, see “Medical device interference” in Important safety information.

A leather band seen from the side, showing how you push the band up and slide it left or right to select a new sizing hole.
To fasten the modern buckle band, lay the two halves on top or each other, then press until you hear the click.

Sport Band

Materials include fluoroelastomer with stainless steel, ceramic, or 18-karat gold.

To fasten the sport band, press one of the holes over the metal post, then thread the excess through the gap.

Sport Loop

Materials include nylon with a hook and loop closure.

Woven Nylon

Materials include nylon with stainless steel. Closure is the same as Classic Buckle.

Pair Apple Watch with iPhone

To use your Apple Watch with watchOS 4, you need to pair it with an iPhone 5s or later with iOS 11 or later—Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) requires an iPhone 6 or later. Setup assistants on iPhone and Apple Watch work together to help you pair and set up Apple Watch.

WARNING: To avoid injury, read Important safety information before using Apple Watch.

Put Apple Watch on your wrist. Adjust the band so Apple Watch fits closely but comfortably on your wrist. For information about resizing or changing the band on Apple Watch, see Remove, change, and fasten bands.

Tip: If you have difficulty seeing Apple Watch or iPhone, VoiceOver or Zoom can help—even during setup. See Set up Apple Watch using VoiceOver or Zoom.

Turn on, pair, and set up. To turn on Apple Watch, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo. Bring iPhone near Apple Watch, wait for the Apple Watch pairing screen to appear on iPhone, then tap Pair. Or open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then tap Pair New Watch.

the Apple Watch app icon

When prompted, position iPhone so that Apple Watch appears in the viewfinder in the Apple Watch app. This pairs the two devices. After pairing, follow the instructions on iPhone and Apple Watch to finish setup.

Tip: While it’s pairing with iPhone, Apple Watch provides tips on how to interact with it. Tap Display, Digital Crown, and Side Button to learn more.

You can activate cellular service on Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) during setup. If you don’t wish to, you can activate it later in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. See Use Apple Watch with a cellular network—Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) only.

Note: iPhone and Apple Watch must use the same cellular carrier. Cellular service not available in all areas.

Pairing illustration showing a left arm with the Apple Watch on the wrist and a right hand holding the companion iPhone. The iPhone screen displays the pairing instructions with Apple Watch visible in the viewfinder, and the Apple Watch screen displays the pairing illustration.

If you see a watch face when you’re trying to pair, your Apple Watch is already paired to an iPhone. You need to first erase all content and reset Apple Watch settings.

If you have trouble pairing using the camera, tap Pair Apple Watch Manually at the bottom of the iPhone screen, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Unpair Apple Watch. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then tap your Apple Watch at the top of the screen. Tap the Info button next to the Apple Watch you want to unpair, then tap Unpair Apple Watch.

Pair more than one Apple Watch. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then tap your Apple Watch at the top of the screen. Tap Pair New Watch, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Quickly switch to a different Apple Watch. Put on your Apple Watch, then raise your wrist.

iPhone automatically connects to the paired Apple Watch that you’re wearing. If you’d rather choose an Apple Watch manually, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap your Apple Watch at the top of the screen, then turn off Auto Switch.

To see if your Apple Watch is connected to iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to open Control Center, then look for the Connected status icon .

Checkmark shows the active Apple Watch.

For more information about setup and pairing, see the Apple Support article Set up your Apple Watch.

If you need to charge Apple Watch before setup, see Charge Apple Watch.

Pair Apple Watch to a new iPhone

If Apple Watch is paired to your old iPhone and you now want to pair it with your new iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Use iCloud Backup to back up the iPhone currently paired to Apple Watch (see the iPhone User Guide for more information).
  2. Set up your new iPhone. On the Apps & Data screen, choose to restore from an iCloud backup, then select the latest backup.
  3. Continue iPhone setup and, when prompted, choose to use Apple Watch with your new iPhone.

When iPhone setup completes, Apple Watch prompts you to pair it to the new iPhone. Tap OK on Apple Watch, then enter its passcode.