Want to get the most out of your Apple Watch contacts list? These 10 tips are so intuitive, you’ll be amazed that you didn’t figure them out on your own!
Apple Watch Contacts are accessible in several ways, depending on the app you are trying to access them with. You can modify them partially on your watch. Use your phone for more editing options.
- The easiest way to access your contacts on the Apple Watch is to press the side button. This will automatically display your “Friends.” The Friends on the watch are “favorite” contacts but do not automatically correspond with the Favorites on your phone.
- You can add Friends using the watch interface.
- To add friends on the watch, click the side button and then touch an empty spot on the dial. Note that there is a radio button under the dial that you can use to scroll to the next page of friends.
- After touching the empty spot, tap the large plus sign in the middle of the dial.
- Tapping that plus sign will bring up the lis of Contacts from your phone. Scroll up and down with your finger to find the contact you’d like to add as a friend. Contacts that don’t have phone numbers or email addresses will be grayed out and unselectable.
- You can add Friends using the Apple Watch app on your phone. After opening the app, scroll down to Friends and tap it:
- From here, the interface is similar to adding Friends via the watch. First, tap an empty space.
- Next, tap the plus sign in the center of the dial.
- Finally, scroll to the contact you’d like to add and tap it to select it.
- Using the Watch app on your phone, you can designate group names for each page of friends.
- First, navigate to the page of friends you’d like to group.
- Tap the words “Group Name” at the top of the screen and type the name of the group you’d like to create. You can use this feature to organize your Apple Watch Contacts.
- This group name will show briefly at the top left corner of your contacts page when you first access it:
- To delete, replace, rearrange or change the Friends that appear on your watch, you must use the phone app. Tap a contact and wait for the X to appear in the center of the screen. Tap the X to delete, then add a new “friend,” if you’d like. You can rearrange the order of your Friends on the phone by long tapping the name of a friend until it expands. You can then click and drag it to its new location.
- Photo thumbnails for contacts follow the photo thumbnails on your phone. So, if you have the iPhone configured to use Facebook profile photos for the contacts, you will see those profile photos for contacts who are Facebook friends. Or, if you’ve manually associated a photo on your phone with a contact, that photo will show up on your watch also.
- Once you have your Friends added and organized as you like, touch any Friend to display contact options. At the risk of stating the obvious, touch the telephone icon to call this contact. Touch the talk bubble to send a text. Touch the pointing finger to send a Digital Touch drawing to a friend. This last option is only available for friends who also have an Apple Watch.
- To call a person who isn’t specified as a Friend in your Friends list, open the Phone app and tap the Contacts button. The Contact list from your phone will appear on the next screen.
- Sending a text message to a contact who isn’t a “Friend” is slightly different. Open the Message app and force tap, then tap the New Message button.
- Tap “Add Contact,” and a list of the most recent people you’ve texted will appear. You can select one of them, or tap the cyan “Add Contact” button in the lower left corner. It looks like a silhouette with a plus sign next to it. You can also tap the white microphone button, speak the name of the person you’d like to text and select the appropriate contact from the following list.
- How many Friends can you add on your watch? Well, I haven’t found an upper limit. I was able to add 11 pages of Friends, each of which has 12 contacts on it. That would total to at least 132 contacts available as Friends on your watch. I’d guess that the upper limit is a good bit higher.
Summary: Apple Watch Contacts
When is comes to Apple Watch contacts, your favorites are called “Friends.” They have their own home on your Apple Watch, accessible by the side button. You can add Friends using the watch, but to delete or rearrange them, use your phone. You can call or message contacts that aren’t designated as Friends using the phone or messaging apps.