With the arrival of watchOS 7 we have the possibility of automating the change of the dials of our Apple Watch according to various patterns . We can, for example, configure a certain sphere for when we are in the office or that from a certain time the cinema mode is activated.
The magic of the Shortcuts app
We will make all these changes and automations through the Shortcuts app , but let’s start at the beginning. First of all we have to create all the spheres that we are going to use and exchange . We can do it directly from our watch by holding down on the screen while we see the time, turning the digital crown until we see the New option and choosing and customizing the dial.
In this tutorial we will take these steps for granted and focus only on automation. We will program this from the Shortcuts app of our paired iPhone and we will do it by following these steps:
- We open the Shortcutsapp on our iPhone.
- We enter the Automationtab .
- We touch the “+” in the upper right.
- We choose Create personal automation.
- We played Time of the day.
- We configure the time of day in which we want to make the change and choose between repeating it Every dayor between Every week and we mark which days of the week we want the automation to be activated.
- We click Next.
- We tap on Add action.
- In the search engine at the top we write Watch.
- We touch Watchunder the Apps title .
- We choose Define sphere.
- We click on the small Spherethat appears in blue.
- We choose the sphere that we want to define as current.
- We click Next.
- We deactivate Request confirmation.
- We confirm by tapping Don’t request.
- We press OK.
That easy. They may seem like many steps, but they are easy to complete. For more ease we can consult the video below :
In the previous example we have seen how to change our sphere according to the time of day, however we have more options available. If in step 5 we choose Arrive . We can define the location within which we want certain automation to be activated. In this case, let’s remember that if, for example, we change our sphere when we get to work, we must create another automation to change it again when we return home .
Another option is to go one step further than simply changing the dial. In step 12 we can touch Add action again , find and select Watch and choose between activating or deactivating the Cinema or silent mode , for example. Thus, in addition to changing the sphere, we can configure our Apple Watch automatically according to the occasion. Of course we can also omit the change of sphere and automate only the activation of these modes.
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By combining several automations we can achieve very interesting effects . Whether based on the location where we are or at a certain time of day, the truth is that being able to change the dial and configure our watch according to the occasion is really useful.