The Apple Watch It was designed to be used on your wrist, but in my arrogance, I still wanted to control it from my iPhone. Most of the time it’s when the clock is on the charger in the other room and I’d like to check a feature or go through the update process without having to constantly walk back and forth from the charger to do so. The good news is that I never need to take another step, because it is now possible to mirror your Apple Watch screen on your iPhone.
This feature isn’t just designed for Apple Watch remote use either. Its main purpose is to help those who find it difficult to interact with the small screen of the Apple Watch. Apple Watches these days aren’t as small as they used to be, but they still are small size. Whether it’s the 40mm Apple Watch SE or the 49mm Apple Watch Ultra, any screen that should measure in millimeters is likely to be just a little man.
No matter what your use case is, streaming your Apple Watch screen to your iPhone is convenient and useful. You can check your watch from another room, show a feature to a friend more easily, and easily access anything that comes with a much larger screen. On my 12 Pro Max, my Apple Watch screen is leakedand while I’d never want one of this size, it’s great to interact with it in this new context.
To use this new feature, you will need a file Apple Watch Series 6 or later running watchOS 9. This watch must be paired with a working iPhone iOS 16Which means you’ll need at least an iPhone 8, X, or later. The watch doesn’t even need to be on your wrist. This feature will work as long as it is within and within the Bluetooth range of your iPhone.
go to the Settings > Accessibilitythen look below physical and kinetic oath to Apple Watch mirror. Here, you will see one toggle switch. Click on it, and a window will appear showing a simulated version of your watch and its name. Once the connection is made, you will see your watch screen light up on your iPhone. If you’re not currently wearing it, you’ll need to enter your passcode, but once you unlock it, you can control any part of the watch from this window.
If you know how to use your Apple Watch, you know how to control it here. You can swipe and tap around the screen to open and interact with apps, just as you would on your watch. While you can’t turn the digital on-screen Crown, you can tap it to leave an app and long-press and release it to activate Siri. Tap the on-screen Side button to bring up the app switcher, and hold it down and release to bring up the power menu. You can even take a screenshot by tapping both on-screen buttons at the same time.
The best part, in my opinion, is that your watch won’t go to sleep until you quit mirroring (by tapping the (X) on the streaming window), or you place your palm on the display. Since your watch, by default, turns off the display quite quickly after you stop using it, it’d be frustrating to constantly wake it back up from your iPhone. That said, it can be easy to forget you’re using the feature, in which case your watch will perpetually stay illuminated, and, subsequently, drain your battery.
This article was updated Monday, Sept. 19, to correct which Apple Watch models are compatible.