Use the buttons and screen on your Apple Watch

Find out how to interact with your Apple Watch using the Digital Crown, side button and gestures. 


Press or rotate the Digital Crown

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Press the side button

If you have Apple Watch Ultra, you can customise the Action button to access your favourite features quickly.

Glance at your Apple Watch screen

With Apple Watch Series 5 or later, you can glance at your screen any time with the Always On feature. If you have an earlier Apple Watch model, or if you don't use Always On, raise your wrist to turn on the display.

You can also wake your screen gradually to keep its brightness low in places such as cinemas. Turn the Digital Crown slowly to wake the screen, then turn it the other way to put the screen back to sleep.

Use gestures

You can use gestures to interact with your Apple Watch. Your watch performs different functions when you tap its screen or press it for longer.


Tap the screen to select a button or item. On Apple Watch models with Always On, a tap brings the screen to full brightness.

Tap and hold

Tap the screen and keep your finger in place to change the watch face, see options in an app and more.


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


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


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