Apple Watch User Guide
- What’s new
- Apps on Apple Watch
- Open apps
- Organize apps
- Get more apps
- Tell time
- Status icons
- Control Center
- Use Focus
- Adjust brightness, text size, sounds, and haptics
- See and respond to notifications
- Change notification settings
- Manage your Apple ID
- Use shortcuts
- Set up Handwashing
- Connect Apple Watch to a Wi-Fi network
- Connect to Bluetooth headphones or speakers
- Hand off tasks from Apple Watch
- Unlock your Mac with Apple Watch
- Unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch
- Use Apple Watch without its paired iPhone
- Use your Apple Watch with a cellular network
- Blood Oxygen
- Camera Remote
- Now Playing
- Voice Memos
- About Wallet
- Apple Pay
- Set up Apple Pay
- Make purchases
- Send, receive, and request money with Apple Watch (U.S. only)
- Manage Apple Cash (U.S. only)
- Use Wallet for passes
- Use rewards cards
- Pay with Apple Watch on Mac
- Ride transit
- Use your driver’s license or state ID
- Use digital keys
- Use COVID-19 vaccination cards
- World Clock
- Set up Apple Watch using VoiceOver
- Apple Watch basics with VoiceOver
- Apple Watch Mirroring
- Control nearby devices
- Use a braille display
- Use a Bluetooth keyboard
- Tell time with haptic feedback
- Adjust text size and other visual settings
- Adjust motor skills settings
- Set up and use RTT
- Accessibility audio settings
- Use accessibility features with Siri
- The Accessibility Shortcut
Go for a swim with Apple Watch
In watchOS 9, kickboard detection has been added as a new stroke type for Pool Swim workouts. Also, swimmers can now track their efficiency with a SWOLF score—a stroke count combined with the time, in seconds, it takes to swim one length of the pool.
Start a swimming workout
Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch.
Choose Open Water Swim or Pool Swim.
To pause or resume your swim, press the Digital Crown and side button at the same time.
When you start a swimming workout, your Apple Watch automatically locks the screen with Water Lock to avoid accidental taps. When you’re out of the water to rest or because you’ve finished your workout, press and hold the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and clear any water from the speaker. You hear sounds and may feel some water on your wrist.
The Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) aren’t suitable for swimming. See Important handling information for Apple Watch.
View your swimming workout summary
Unlock your Apple Watch, then tap End.
The pool swim workout automatically tracks your sets and when you rest. The summary on your Apple Watch displays the kinds of strokes you used and the total distance you swam. You can find the pace for each set in the workout summary on your iPhone.
Manually clear water after swimming
Touch and hold the bottom of the screen, swipe up to open Control Center, then tap .
Press and hold the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and clear water from the speaker.