It’s easy to send text messages using the Apple Watch! Whether the person you’d like to text is an official watch “friend” or a general contact, you can send them a text without ever picking up your phone.
You’ll begin the texting process differently based on the status of this contact, so let’s begin there. The watch divides contacts into “Friends” and everyone else. You designate contacts as Friends if you’d like quick access to them on your watch. This tutorial shows you how.
Send Text Messages Using the Apple Watch to a “Friend”
To send a text message to a Friend using your Apple Watch, push the side button on your watch. Touch the initials of the friend you’d like to text, and then touch the center button.
Finally, touch the text button in the lower left corner.
Send Text Messages Using the Apple Watch for Other Contacts
If, however, you’d like to text a contact who you haven’t designated as a friend, tap the text icon from your home screen.
When you see a list of recent text messages, force tap.
Remember that a force tap isn’t the same as a long tap. You just want to tap briefly, but harder than usual.
Tap the New Message icon, and you will see this screen:
Tap the “Add Contact” field. You’ll see a list of people you’ve recently corresponded by text with. You can select from that list, click the icon at the bottom left corner to add a contact from your list, or click the icon at the lower right corner to dictate the contact’s name.
This button at the lower left will list everyone that is listed in the entire Contacts app on your iPhone. Scroll through it and tap on the name of the person you’d like to select in order to text him or her. Note: your thumb might get tired from scrolling. The Dictate option works better than you might expect.
Now that you’ve selected the person you’d like to text using your Apple Watch, tap the words “Create Message.” You have two options for inputting the message you’d like to send.
First, you can select a “Default Reply,” which is one of the memorized phrases that Apple has supplied. If one of those says what you need it to say, tap it and your message will send automatically.
If, on the other hand, you’d like to dictate your message, tap the microphone button. When you see this screen, start speaking.
Press cancel if the wording is incorrect and you’d like to start over. Press send if you are happy with the text.
You might be wondering if you can type your messages the old fashioned way, spelling out words with letters. That feature will be available with watchOS3 in late 2016. With this new operating system (which should be available to all Apple Watch owners), you’ll be able to draw one letter on your watch, have it recognized and converted to text, and then type the next letter. I predict that the dictation, which works surprisingly well, will be a lot faster.