How to use the Digital Crown and side button on the Apple Watch

How to use the Digital Crown and side button on the Apple Watch


Here’s how you can use the Digital Crown and side button to get the most out of your Apple Watch.

Your Apple Watch comes with only two physical controls: the Digital Crown and the side button. Despite that small number, these two controls let you perform a number of functions on your watch, both separately or when used together.

Here are the ways you can use the Digital Crown and the side button on your Apple Watch.

Digital Crown

The Digital Crown is the circular knob on your Apple Watch. It can be used to scroll lists, activate Siri, look at your watch app collection, and more.

Scroll and zoom

Spin

You can spin the Digital Crown to move lists up or down or zoom in or out in apps like Photos and Maps.

Volume

Volume

Spinning the Digital Crown while using the Now Playing widget allows you to turn the volume of whatever you’re listening to, whether it’s on your iPhone or on the Apple Watch itself, up or down.

Home

Home

While in any app or viewing your watch face, press the Digital Crown once to head to your grid of watch apps.

App switching

On any Apple Watch screen, double-press the Digital Crown to switch from your current screen to your most recent app. This can be used to switch between two apps, or quickly return to your watch face from an app.

Siri

Siri

Press and hold on the Digital Crown to activate Siri. Continue to hold to ensure that Siri hears everything you have to say.

Time Travel

Time Travel

Spin the Digital Crown while looking at your watch face in order to activate Time Travel. Time Travel alters both the displayed time and any compatible complications you have on your watch, allowing you to see upcoming and past events, weather…



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