About your Apple Watch

Learn how to use the Digital Crown, side button, and gestures. 


Press or rotate the Digital Crown

Press the side button

  • Press to show or hide the Dock.
  • Press and hold to use SOS.
  • Double-click to use Apple Pay.
  • Press and hold to turn your watch on or off. 


Remove your Apple Watch band

You can find the band release buttons on the back of your watch.

Learn how to remove your Apple Watch band

Use gestures

You can use several gestures to interact with your Apple Watch. When you touch the screen, your watch uses Force Touch technology to sense how hard you press. 


Firmly press the screen to change the watch face, see options in an app, and more. 


Tap the screen to select a button or item.


Drag your finger across the screen to scroll or adjust a slider.



Swipe up, down, left, or right to see different screens.


* Available on Apple Watch Series 2 only. Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) aren't suitable for swimming. Learn about water resistance on your Apple Watch

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