In iOS 16, Apple introduced a new Apple Watch Mirroring feature that lets you see and control your Apple Watch screen from your paired iPhone. Apple Watch Mirroring is designed to make the watch experience more accessible for people with physical and motor disabilities, but it can be useful to anyone. Keep reading to learn how to use it.

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With Apple Watch Mirroring in ‌iOS 16‌, Apple utilizes its AirPlay wireless protocol to make Apple Watch more accessible. The addition of the new feature means you can use touch or assistive features like Voice Control, Switch Control, and more on your ‌iPhone‌ to interact with your Apple Watch.

To start using Apple Watch Mirroring, you'll need an Apple Watch Series 6 or later running watchOS 9, along with a paired ‌iPhone‌ running ‌iOS 16‌. You can check if your ‌iPhone‌ needs updating by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update.

How to Control Apple Watch Mirroring

  1. On your ‌iPhone‌, launch the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
  3. Under "Physical and Motor," tap Apple Watch Mirroring.
  4. Toggle on the switch next to Apple Watch Mirroring.

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After you've performed the last step, a graphical representation of your Apple Watch will appear on your ‌iPhone‌'s screen, while a blue outline will appear around the face of your Apple Watch to indicate that mirroring is enabled.

You'll now be able to control your Apple Watch by tapping and swiping on the watch image that appears on your ‌iPhone‌. You can even tap the Side button and swipe the Digital Crown to mimic the same physical actions that you would perform on your watch. When you're done using Apple Watch Mirroring, simply tap the X in the top-right corner of the Apple Watch card on your ‌iPhone‌.

If you want to make Apple Watch Mirroring quicker to access, you can add it to Apple's Accessibility Shortcut menu, which, once set up, can be invoked using a triple click of the Home button or Side button.

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Top Rated Comments

tubular Avatar
8 weeks ago
Next week, how to control your refrigerator with your dishwasher.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Arsenikdote Avatar
8 weeks ago

Can someone tell me why this could be useful? What are some possible use cases?

How is this useful?

Can someone tell me why one would want to use this?
As someone else pointed out, someone with arm disabilities (e.g. missing arm or just arm mobility) is an easy example. There have been time I have been carrying something and can't reach my watch to perform a task and I have used my nose :p but imagine that is your daily use case? This feature is very helpful for that.

Personally, I know of someone who has really bad eyesight but needs to use the Apple Watch (or similar device) for health tracking. This would allow them to adjust things on the watch or possibly even get more functionality out of it since they are wearing it anyway.

I think there is a reason this setting is under Accessibility....just putting yourself in those other people's shoes would probably result in a better understanding on how this feature can help a lot of people who don't have the same world experience as the rest of us.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eldaerenth Faexidor Avatar
8 weeks ago
This is pretty cool. iOS16 is the most enjoyable iOS to date imo.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apyrenum Avatar
8 weeks ago
Can someone tell me why this could be useful? What are some possible use cases?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
trip1ex Avatar
8 weeks ago
Not interested until I can watch tv on my watch while surfing on my phone.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CiP12 Avatar
8 weeks ago

Can someone tell me why one would want to use this?
I can. Configuring stuff on the Apple Watch a bit easier, screen recording it if necessary, and it’s a plainly nice accessibility feature for people with mobility issues.

I personally used this feature with my Series 6 during the beta for mainly configuring apps and screen recording
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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