Use AssistiveTouch on Apple Watch (Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 and later only)
AssistiveTouch helps you use Apple Watch if you have difficulty touching the screen or pressing the buttons. The built-in sensors on Apple Watch can help you answer calls, control an onscreen pointer, and launch a menu of actions—all through hand gestures.
Using gestures with AssistiveTouch, you can perform these and other actions:
Tap the display
Press and turn the Digital Crown
Swipe between screens
Hold the side button
Access Notification Center, Control Center, and the Dock
Use Apple Pay
Confirm double-clicks of the side button
Set up AssistiveTouch
Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
Go to Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, then turn on AssistiveTouch.
Tap Hand Gestures, then turn on Hand Gestures.
Tip: To learn how to use hand gestures, tap “Learn more” below the Hand Gestures switch, then tap each gesture. When you tap a gesture, an interactive animation shows you how to perform and perfect the gesture.
You can also open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch, go to Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, then turn on AssistiveTouch.
Use AssistiveTouch with Apple Watch
With AssistiveTouch and Hand Gestures turned on, navigate your Apple Watch using the following default gestures:
Double-clench: Show the Action Menu
For example, with the Meridian watch face showing, use AssistiveTouch with the Weather app by following these steps:
Double-clench to activate AssistiveTouch.
A highlight appears around the Calendar complication.
Pinch to move to the Temperature complication, then clench to tap it.
When the Weather app opens, clench once to move from temperature to weather conditions.
Pinch once to scroll down to Air Quality, then pinch once again to see UV Index.
Double-pinch to move back to Air Quality.
Double-clench to show the Action Menu.
Pinch to move forward through the actions; double-pinch to move back.
Select the Press Crown action, then clench once to return to the watch face.
Use the Motion Pointer
In addition to pinching and clenching, with the Motion Pointer you can control your Apple Watch by tilting the watch up and down and side to side. For example, use the Motion Pointer to navigate the Activity app by following these steps:
With the watch face showing and Apple Watch in list view, double-clench to activate AssistiveTouch.
Double-clench again to show the Action Menu, pinch to move to the Press Crown action, then clench to tap it.
If it’s not already selected, pinch or double-pinch to move forward or back to the Activity app, then clench to open it.
Double-clench to show the Action Menu, continue pinching until you select the Interaction action, then clench to tap it.
Motion Pointer should be selected.
Clench to turn on the Motion Pointer.
A cursor appears on the screen.
Tilt the watch to place the cursor at the bottom edge of the screen to scroll up. To swipe to the Sharing screen, place the cursor on the right edge.
To tap a button, just hold the cursor over it for a short time.
To return to the watch face, double-clench to show the Action Menu, pinch to select the Press Crown action, then clench to tap it.
Adjust AssistiveTouch settings
You can change the actions assigned to pinch, clench, and the Motion Pointer gestures, as well as adjust the sensitivity of the Motion Pointer.
Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, go to Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, then do any of the following:
Customize gestures: Tap Hand Gestures, tap a gesture, then choose an action.
Customize the Motion Pointer: Tap Motion Pointer, then adjust settings for sensitivity, activation time, movement tolerance, and hot edges.
Scanning style: Choose between Automatic scanning, where actions are automatically highlighted one after the other, or Manual, where you use gestures to move between actions.
Appearance: Turn on High Contrast to make the highlight bolder. Tap color to choose a different highlight color.
Customize Menu: Choose favorite actions, the position and size of the Action Menu, and its autoscroll speed.
Confirm with AssistiveTouch: Turn on to use AssistiveTouch to confirm payments with the passcode or any time double-clicking the side button is required.
You can also open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch, then go to Accessibility > AssistiveTouch.
For more information about AssistiveTouch on Apple Watch, see the Apple Support article Use AssistiveTouch on your Apple Watch.