Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch

Apple has separated its three time-based categories into separate apps on Apple Watch. This allows you to quickly access the specific feature of the timer, alarm, and stopwatch you want with just a few taps.

Apple Watch Timer_Alarm_Stopwatch
While most of it is self-explanatory, we've got some tips for how to get the most out of each of these apps so they work the way you want, when you want.

Timer


The Timer app on Apple watch makes it possible for you to set a timer right from your wrist so you don't have to search out your iPhone to activate or even turn off the alert when time is up.

Apple Watch Timer
Tap the Timer app icon on Apple Watch to open it. Then rotate the Digital Crown to adjust the time. When ready, tap the Start button.

You can switch between a timer that goes from zero to 12 hours and a timer that goes from zero to 24 hours by firmly pressing the display screen.

Alarm


The Alarm app on Apple Watch is completely separate from the iPhone, but the two are not mutually exclusive. Alarms will not sync between devices. However, if you are wearing Apple Watch when an alarm goes off on your iPhone, you will receive an alert and be able to dismiss or snooze it.

Apple Watch Alarm

To set an alarm on Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Alarm app on Apple Watch.

  2. Firmly press the screen to call up the add (+) symbol.

  3. Change the time and repetition. Name the alarm using Dictation. Turn on or off the snooze feature.

  4. Toggle the alarm on or off when you want to activate it.

To delete an alarm, tap it. Then, scroll to the bottom and tap Delete.

Stopwatch


The Stopwatch app on Apple Watch is robust with multiple options for tracking your fitness routine and other activities you might want to use a stopwatch with.

Apple Watch Stopwatch
There are four different types of stopwatches. To access the different types, firmly press on the screen to call up the four stopwatch icons.

Analog:
The Analog display shows the seconds on a minute clock face. Tap the green button to start the stopwatch. Tap the white button to set a new lap or reset the data. Tap the red button to stop the stopwatch.

Digital:
The Digital display shows the minutes, seconds, and milliseconds as digital data. Tap the Start button to start the stopwatch. Tap the Lap button to set a new lap. Tap the Stop button to stop the stopwatch. Tap Reset to clear the data.

Graph:
The Graph display shows the information on a graph based on how much more or less time each lap uses. Follow the instructions for the Digital display to control the Graph display.

Hybrid:
The Hybrid display shows the most important features of all three. The analog clock face shows the minutes, seconds, and milliseconds, as does the digital data. The graph shows your progress as it pertains to the previous lap. Follow the instructions for the digital display to control the Hybrid display.

With the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch apps on Apple Watch, you can quickly and easily access the same features available within the iPhone's Clock app, but without having to navigate through so many sections. Each app is specially designed to optimize its most important features.

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34 months ago
Next week's article: "How to use the home button on the iPhone"
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34 months ago

Next week's article: "How to use the home button on the iPhone"

It does a lot more than many people realize.
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34 months ago

If you hate MR so much, why don't you just go elsewhere to complain?


Maybe he did not see the previous article on how to do that.
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34 months ago

Next week's article: "How to use the home button on the iPhone"

I found this to be a useful article. If you hate MR so much, why don't you just go elsewhere to complain?
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34 months ago
Well, I didn't know you could force-touch on the timer.

Good article.
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34 months ago

Well, I didn't know you could force-touch on the timer.

Good article.


It suggests that force touch is fundamentally not a good idea, as you can't ever know what it is used for; the very opposite of a transparent user-interface, ironically, given the invisibility of its appearance.
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34 months ago

If force touch is so bad, why are we going to see it on new iPhones and trackpad devices?

Because someone at Apple has forgotten about Mystery Meat Navigation: A frequent problem of 90's webpages when the site designer got too clever and hid things from the user.

Ref: http://www.zdnet.com/article/ipad-apps-bring-back-mid-1990s-mystery-meat-user-interface-problems/
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34 months ago

Then the solution isn't to abandon it but to educate and improve. New functionality is good. But I do agree that it must be easier to learn about and use that functionality.

But here is the real problem. MR puts out these how to articles that often give insight to less obvious functionality. That how to learn and educate. But Benjamin Frost and others bash these articles as "clickbait" and being too simplistic, and on and on. So you tell me what is the answer here given the Benjamin Frosts of this forum. Perhaps he thinks we should just return to the abacus and be done with it all.

And just think about this with regard to the watch. How much more complicated would it be to change or modify a watch face without force touch. A hell of a lot more difficult. So you and Benjamin want us to give up this relatively easy way to change the face instead of educating people how to use force touch.


1. You're taking this too personally.

2. It needs to be designed better. Sporadic "education" on an obscure Internet forum is not really the solution.
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34 months ago
laurim, as a matter of fact, grilling was my #1 use case for using the stopwatch functionality on my iPhone. I used the stop watch, instead of the timer, because there were actually several points in time that I wanted to keep track of, and using a timer would probably be too cumbersome. For example, if I'm putting two steaks on the grill (one for me and one for my wife), I want to flip them after 2-3 minutes, turn off the direct heat underneath the steaks after another 2-3 minutes, and then I would want to take my steak off the grill after about 10 minutes of total time, but leave my wife's steak on for a few minutes longer. So I use a stop watch and just frequently check on it.

FWIW, I didn't have much interest in getting an Apple Watch (for various reasons), but having access to a stop watch on my wrist for grilling was one use case I had for a smart watch.

Side note: I just recently purchased a Motorola 360 Android Wear smart watch because I: a) like the style of it better than the Apple watch, b) liked the $150 price tag much better, and c) was looking for another reason to try out the Android OS (I also bought a $150 Nexus 5 phone which I've been playing with).
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34 months ago
I came in here ready to knock this article, but I actually had no idea you could force touch on Stopwatch and Timer, so TYFT.
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