Apple Watch Update Restores Easy Swipe Between Faces Feature in watchOS 10.2

In a recent update to watchOS 10.2, Apple has reintroduced the much-loved ability for users to easily switch between watch faces with a simple swipe gesture. The update, in addition to introducing new features like Siri-enabled health data logging, addresses a previous design change that sparked complaints from long-time Apple Watch users.

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Prior to watchOS 10, the default method to switch watch faces involved a quick swipe left or right across the display. However, with the release of watchOS 10, Apple altered the interaction, requiring users to perform a long press on the watch face before swiping, a change that garnered criticism and user dissatisfaction.

The latest update, watchOS 10.2, acknowledges these concerns and brings back the swipe gesture as an option for users who prefer the older, more intuitive method. The default behavior, however, still involves the long-press gesture.

To enable the swipe gesture and switch between watch faces effortlessly, users can follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll down and select “Clock.”
  3. Toggle on the “Swipe to Switch Face” setting.
How to enable the swipe gesture and switch between watch faces effortlessly

Apple explains, “Switch between your watch faces by swiping left or right from the edge of the screen.” This feature, while not the default, allows users to customize their experience and brings back a familiar and user-friendly interaction.

For long-time Apple Watch users, this update comes as a welcome change, addressing concerns and restoring a beloved feature. Whether you appreciate the default long-press gesture or prefer the ease of the swipe, share your thoughts in the comments below. The update aims to provide a more personalized and user-friendly experience for Apple Watch enthusiasts.


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