How to Use a Smart Watch

How to Use a Smart Watch

You have just bought your first smartwatch and now it is time to set it up and get it tracking those steps.  Assuming that the model that you picked up is compatible with your brand of smartphone it is time to get the right apps to get up and running.  Various brands like Apple watch, FitBit and Pebble may have specific procedures to get set up, you can check with the manual, most work the same.  Here is how you get started.

Initial Setup

Once you have unpacked your watch and taken it out of the box it is time to connect it to the charger and charge the battery first.  While your watch is charging you can download the right app for your phone so you can connect the two.  Check with the Google Play Store or the App Store from Apple for the appropriate app and install it onto your phone.  If you are unsure which app you need then refer to your manual they will have a link there, but it shouldn’t be hard to find the right app.


Once your watch is charged and you have the right app installed then it is time to connect the two.  This is done via a Bluetooth Connection so you are going to have to go into your phone settings and turn on Bluetooth.  Give it a moment or two and then you should see your watch popup as a possible device to connect to.  Select it and wait a few minutes for the pairing to take place.  You also want to make sure that you have notifications turned on on your watch, that way you will be able to read text message with it.

Cool Apps to Go with Your Watch

If you want to do more than just read your text message or count how many steps you take in a day then you want some apps to work with your watch.  Lots of the apps you are probably already using work with your watch.  If you have an Apple Watch you can get notifications from Twitter and Instagram.  If you have a watch that works with Android then you can use IFTTT and iHeartRadio apps to work with your watch.  If you got the watch strictly to track your fitness progress then there are apps specific to that.

Once you have downloaded the apps that you want then it is time to set the notifications, you can choose which apps notify you when and how often.  You may only want notifications from Social Media apps once a day but fitness apps can alert you more often.  You effectively have a mini computer on your wrist and you can set it to work however you want.