The Apple Watch has a limited number of buttons and screen space, but it can still do a lot of things. You can zoom the screen if it’s tough to read (and then figure out how to turn off zoom on the Apple Watch), plus you can use theater mode, lock the screen, and much more.
In an effort to fit all of these features on the device and make them easily accessible, Apple included a couple of interesting methods for accessing some things.
One way that you can enable and disable some Apple Watch options is via the Control Center. This is a menu that you access by swiping up from the bottom of the watch face. That menu contains some mysterious icons, like a water drop. Our tutorial below will help you identify the different buttons and options available in this location.
Identifying the Buttons on the Apple Watch Control Center
The steps in this article were performed on an Apple Watch 2 using the 4.2.3 version of WatchOS. If you don’t see all of these options, then you may have a different WatchOS version. This guide will show you how to find the current version of WatchOS on your device.
Our guide on how to turn off theater mode on Apple Watch will show you how to use that feature for a quick way to silence your device.
Begin by swiping up from the bottom of the watch face to open the watch’s Control Center. You should see something like the screen below.
All of the different buttons are identified in the picture below.
Moving left to right from the top icon, these buttons are:
- Battery life (says 90% in the image above)
- Airplane mode (airplane icon)
- Find your iPhone (phone with parentheses around it)
- Do not disturb mode (half-moon icon)
- Theater mode (two masks)
- Screen lock (water drop icon)
- Silent mode (bell icon)
Do you often get breathe reminders on your Apple Watch, but you silence them most of the time, if not always? Find out how to turn off Apple Watch Breathe reminders if you find them to be more of an annoyance than something you use regularly.
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