Change these 6 Apple Watch settings right away. We’ll tell you why


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The Apple Watch is part smartwatch, giving you the ability to run apps and display notifications from your iPhone. It’s also part fitness device, measuring your heart rate, tracking workouts and — with the release of WatchOS 7 — it can now monitor your sleep, too.   

With so many features and capabilities built into Apple Watch, it can be overwhelming as you try to make sense of why your watch has so many apps installed on it, or why Siri keeps randomly talking to you.

Whether you’ve had your Apple Watch for a while, or you just picked up the new Apple Watch Series 6 or Apple Watch SE,  you can prevent your camera roll from being overrun by errant screenshots and stop every app from automatically installing. Here’s what to do. 

Adjust your all of your Activity goals

With the release of WatchOS 7, Apple added the option to change your goals for the amount of time you stand and exercise. Previously, you could only change your Move (or calories) goal. 

So instead of using the defaults — 30 minutes of exercise and a cumulative 12 standing hours a day — you can change either one to fit your actual daily routine. 

This small change will make it possible for you hit your own targets when you actually start your day, not when Apple tells you to. For example, if you use sleep tracking overnight and need to charge your watch more often in the morning, you won’t feel like you’ve lost an hour of time to close those rings.

Open the Activity app on your watch then scroll to the bottom and tap Edit Goals. Make your adjustments for all three metrics and start closing those rings. 


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