Apple Watch is bringing back a popular feature soon

Three Apple Watches are showing off the new Metropolitan, Play Time and Moon faces.
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The Apple Watch will reinstate a popular feature that was removed with the launch of watchOS 10 in September: the ability to change the watch face with a single swipe.

The feature is part of watchOS 10.2, which is likely to be released next month.

There was news of the feature’s imminent return. shared by X user Aaron noticed this in watchOS 10 beta 3.

It’s hard to know why Apple decided to get rid of the swipe feature, especially when it replaced it with a more cumbersome method.

Instead of a simple swipe, you currently have to long-press the Apple Watch display and then swipe or rotate the Digital Crown to select a different watch face. Sure, it doesn’t require a lot of extra effort, but it goes a long way to doing it.

Many users went online to express their disappointment when the changes became apparent, with one saying: “After the update, the only way to go to the neighboring watch face is to long press… and then I go to the neighboring watch face. If this is intentional, it sucks. I use the four neighboring faces for different purposes and am constantly swiping between them. This would make it too laborious for me to use the watch. “

And it is not that Apple has added any new feature in place of Swipe. What’s frustrating is that if you swipe right now, nothing happens.

It must be said that the current long-press method has some advantages. For example, in addition to being able to swipe up on one of your Watch Faces, you’re also given the chance to customize them on the device via the Edit button, rather than doing so through your iPhone, or here Even a chance to choose something completely new is given. It also has a button that lets you share your lovingly customized design with others.

But for those who enjoyed the simplicity of a quick swipe to change their Apple Watch face, watchOS 10.2 will solve your problem. However, it should be noted that in its current form, the feature is not a default setting. Until Apple changes this, you’ll have to go into Settings & Clock to select the swipe method. Whatever the case, it looks like Apple will offer both the current method and the old method for changing watch faces. You just have to decide which one you prefer.

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