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WatchOS 10.1 Features Futuristic Double Tap Gestures for Easy Customization

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read
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The release of WatchOS 10.1 brought a wave of new Apple Watch features, including a feature called Double Tap Gestures.


This new feature allows users to customize their Apple Watches by double-tapping on the screen. This makes it a lot easier than ever to personalize your device.


WatchOS 10.1's Double Tap Gestures could have a major impact on how people use their Apple Watches. It could change the way we interact with our devices and maybe even change the way we interact with the world, highlighting Apple's dedication to customization. Let's dive into the basics.

Getting Started

Double Tap Gestures can be used to set up shortcuts for your most commonly used features and apps. This makes it easy to access your favorite features with just a few taps, saving you time and effort. You can even set up shortcuts for contacts, making it easier to reach out to friends and family.


To start with Apple's double-tap gestures, ensure your devices are up-to-date. Your Apple Watch must be on watchOS 10.1, and your paired iPhone should be at least iOS 17.1. Once your devices are updated, you can begin exploring the possibilities of the new feature.

How to Use Double Tap Gestures

As soon as this new Apple watch feature is activated, you're ready to use it. Here are some actions you can perform with a simple double-tap:


  • Opening the Smart Stack from any watch face and scrolling through widgets in the stack.
  • Answering and ending phone calls.
  • Viewing a message from the notification bar.
  • Pausing, resuming, and ending a timer.
  • Snoozing an alarm.
  • Playing and pausing music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Switching to the new Elevation view in the Compass app.
  • Starting or ending automatic Workout reminders.
  • Replying to a message or snoozing a reminder. 


The Apple double tap gesture allows users to easily perform many actions on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 without touching the display. Users can double-tap their index finger and thumb together to perform these actions. This feature adds up to other existing ones like tap, swipe, raise to wake, and cover to mute, which all make it easier to use the Apple Watch. 


With watchOS 10, many apps like Fitness and Weather have been redesigned to become easier to use. They've been made so that information is more concise and organized logically. This makes it easier to find what you need without endless scrolling.


Double tap isn't intended to help you navigate around your Apple Watch. It's more like the double-click function on a computer mouse. With a double tap, you can perform a primary action within an app, like confirming a purchase or saving a setting. 


With the release of WatchOS 10.1, Apple has taken a big step forward in smartwatch functionality. The Double Tap Gestures feature is just one example of the many ways that Apple is working to improve the user experience.


As this technology develops, we can expect to see even more innovative features that will change how we use our devices.