14 Hidden Apple Watch Features You Need to Know About


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If you’ve ever been in a situation where it’d be inappropriate to check the time, but you really want to check the time, this feature’s for you. Tap your Apple Watch’s display once to wake it up, then tap and hold on the screen with two fingers. Your watch will then tell the time through haptics; by default, you’ll get a long tap for every 10 hours, with a short tap for each following hour. Then, you’ll get a long tap for every ten minutes, and a short tap for each following minute.

You can also choose to use this feature with Morse Code, or “Terse,” the latter of which gives you a long tap for every five hours, short taps for the remaining hours, then, long taps for each quarter-hour. It might seem confusing to read, so give it a try; it makes a lot more sense when you experience it.

I unknowingly “used” this feature for years before I learned of its existence. I’d accidentally touch the display without realizing it, and my watch would start vibrating out of nowhere. I assumed it was a notification of some sort, only to check and see no new alerts. If you’ve experienced something similar, now you know why!


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If you’ve ever been in a situation where it’d be inappropriate to check the time, but you really want to check the time, this feature’s for you. Tap your Apple Watch’s display once to wake it up, then tap and hold on the screen with two fingers. Your watch will then tell the time through haptics; by default, you’ll get a long tap for every 10 hours, with a short tap for each following hour. Then, you’ll get a long tap for every ten minutes, and a short tap for each following minute.

You can also choose to use this feature with Morse Code, or “Terse,” the latter of which gives you a long tap for every five hours, short taps for the remaining hours, then, long taps for each quarter-hour. It might seem confusing to read, so give it a try; it makes a lot more sense when you experience it.

I unknowingly “used” this feature for years before I learned of its existence. I’d accidentally touch the display without realizing it, and my watch would start vibrating out of nowhere. I assumed it was a notification of some sort, only to check and see no new alerts. If you’ve experienced something similar, now you know why!