15 best tips and tricks for Apple Watch 4 and watchOS 5

If you’re the proud owner of a new Apple Watch 4 or you recently installed Apple’s latest watchOS 5 update on an earlier model, you should know that there are several new and useful features hidden away in your smartwatch’s menu screens.

So to save you swiping through them on your wrist all day, in this article we’ve compiled 15 of our favorite lesser-known tips that should help you get more out of your Apple Watch.

But before we dive in, you should double check that you’ve got the latest update for your Apple Watch. You can do this by opening the Watch app on your iPhone and going to General > Software Update.

If an update is listed as available, tap the button to download and install it. If the screen says you’re already up to date, then you’re good to go.

How to download watchOS 5 to your Apple Watch

1. Listen to podcasts offline

With watchOS 5, Apple introduced a long-awaited Podcasts app that finally lets you stream podcasts from your iPhone over Wi-Fi or cellular and listen to them using Bluetooth-connected headphones.

However, what’s not immediately obvious is that the app also syncs and stores recent podcast episodes from your iPhone to your Apple Watch, allowing you to listen to them offline. You can find a list of these episodes on your wrist by launching the app and selecting Library > Episodes.

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