In the future, you will not be able to operate the Apple Watch on the watch only. iOS 16 and watchOS 9 include a little-known feature that allows mirroring a smartwatch on an iPhone display, which can be very useful in some cases.
Apple Watch Sync: Computer Watch to iPhone
In English, this feature is called “Apple Watch Mirroring” – that is, mirroring of the Apple Watch – which the company translates as “Apple Watch synchronization”. This feature is really intended as an operating aid, for example for those who find it physically easier to use a smartphone than a (small) computer watch. Along with many other functions in this area, they are also useful for ordinary users and often good tricks.
To activate the feature, go to Settings in the Accessibility area and go to Apple Watch Synchronization there. Alternatively, you can also have a accessibility shortcut Prove it with mirroring. If the pairing fails initially (a spinner running continuously without any progress), it helps to restart the Apple Watch and, if necessary, the iPhone. If the connection is established, you can view a comparatively larger image of the watch on the iPhone and interact with the watch. This is technically implemented through Apple’s AirPlay streaming protocol for home networks.
Swipe, Side Button, Digital Crown
Apple Watch synchronization can do everything that operating the watch itself can do. You can swipe around the virtual screen, click on the menu, and also use the Digital Crown and the Side button. However, using the iPhone, there are also operating aids available, such as voice control. most techniques are already on the clockBut on the iPhone they can be more convenient (because the control surfaces are larger).
You can easily exit mirroring mode on iPhone by clicking on the big close icon (X). The clock disappears again and the remote control is deactivated. Only the left side action button is not simulated on the Apple Watch Ultra. However, it rarely bothers when using Apple Watch synchronization.
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