Pro Tips to Use Double Tap Gesture on Apple Watch 9 & Apple Watch Ultra 2 

Though there is a lot to like about the brand-new Apple Watch 9, what seems to have fascinated a lot of people is the double-tap gesture. When Apple first showcased this new add-on, I thought it would be nothing more than a mere gimmick designed to amp up the hype around the smartwatch. However, I began to love the feature as soon as I saw it in action in real-life scenarios. I guess that’s exactly what has allowed it to get such huge traction within no time. With that said, let me show you how to use the double tap gesture on the Apple Watch 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. 

Pro Tips to Use Double Tap Gesture on Apple Watch 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 

Best Tips to Use Double-Tap Gesture on Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Apple Watch 9

To get going, let’s delve a little deeper into the double tap gesture and how it functions for a crystal clear understanding!

What exactly is the double tap gesture on the Apple Watch 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2? 

To put it in the right perspective, the double-tap gesture is designed to let you control some of the commonly used actions/features without having to bring your right hand into the mix. 

Times when you are walking your dog, having your meal, feeding your baby, or relaxing on your couch and you receive a phone call, you can just double-tap to receive the call and even end it. Not just that it can also come in super handy in letting you snooze your sleeping alarm or pause your Apple Music while you are cooking. Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg as you can unlock its full potential in many real-life situations.

How does the double-tap gesture work on Apple Watch 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2? 

Leveraging the robust Neural Engine, which is designed to process data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical heart sensor backed by the advanced machine learning algorithm, the double-tap gesture works like a charm. Simply, double tap your index finger and thumb together to perform a specific action when your hands are full or when convenience comes calling to you. 

As soon as you double tap using your index finger and thumb, the algorithm promptly acts, detecting the unique signature of your wrist movements along with the changes in blood flow.

The ability to control the primary button in an app enables the double tap gesture on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to let you carry out a number of tasks with the desired efficiency. And that too, without having to touch the display of your smartwatch, which is precisely what makes it such a cool feature. From what I can tell, it’s soon going to be one of the most loved Apple Watch gestures. 

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What Sort of Actions Can You Perform Using the Double Tap Gesture on Your Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch Series 9 

You can take advantage of the double tap gesture on your Apple Watch Ultra and the Apple Watch Series 9 to perform several tasks including:

  • Reply to a message 
  • Play music 
  • Pause music 
  • Snooze an alarm 
  • Stop a timer 
  • Answer a phone call 
  • End a phone call
  • Take a photo with the Camera Remote on the Apple Watch
  • Open the Smart Stack from the watch face
  • Scroll through widgets in the stack

How do you customize double tap gesture on Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch 9?

Considering the fact that customization is what spices up a feature or enables you to fine-tune something to your heart’s liking, watchOS 10 has got you covered in this regard. As to how it’s done, it would be better if we could wait for this new watchOS add-on to arrive.

Can you use the double tap gesture with a third-party app? 

Yeah, you can. The double tap gesture is primed to work across the Apple Watch. To me, what has made this gesture so effective is the control over the main button in an app. Of course, app developers need to ramp up the game and make their apps not just thoroughly support this brand-new gesture but also fine-tune their apps and many key features around the gesture. As is always the case, the full-on implementation is going to take a while. 

When can you start using the double tap gesture on your Apple Watch? 

I get it! You would be excited to take this handy gesture for a spin as soon as your Apple Watch 9 has arrived. And why not, it’s one of the reasons why you’ve lined up for the Watch 9.

Unfortunately, for the time being, the gesture is going through the grind and needs to fix a few things here and there. Apple has confirmed that it will be rolled out next month through a software update. 

Read more: Tips to Customize and Use the iPhone 15 Pro Action Button

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