I accidentally discovered the hidden Safari browser on my Apple Watch — here’s how to do it

Surfing the web comes in handy when you're in a pinch

Apple Watch hidden Safari browser.

One of the coolest things I read about lately is Motorola’s concept bendable smartphone introduced at MWC 2024 that can be worn on your wrist. I was really impressed about the possibilities of a wrist-worn smartphone, up until a notification popped up on my Apple Watch , which subsequently led me to accidentally discovering its hidden Safari browser.

I’ll be the first to admit that smartphones are better suited for surfing the web, but I like having my options open. Browsing websites on an Apple Watch may not be as practical, mainly due to its tinier display, but it can certainly come in handy when I’m in a pinch.

I’m not saying that web surfing on a wearable needs to be a core feature available on the best smartwatches . However, I can see how others may lean on the option if given the opportunity. Here’s how to access it.

How to access the hidden Safari browser on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch hidden Safari browser.

No, there’s not a Safari app for the Apple Watch. I wish it were that easy, but it’s actually buried in the WatchOS software. I’ve tried loading up different sites to see how they load and function on my Apple Watch’s display.

For the most part it functions in a reduced capacity than what we’re all used to on our phones. Believe me, you don’t want to shop or fill out long forms with this hidden Safari browser — and for the most part — should be used strictly to browse sites and nothing more. That’s because it has trouble running certain web scripts, resulting in some page elements not loading properly. Here are some important things you should know about using the hidden Safari browser on your Apple Watch.

  • Scrolling: You can do this either by using swipe gestures on the screen or using the digital crown.
  • Page views: Sometimes it’ll load in a reader view to make it easier to see, but there’s an option for web view for the full experience.
  • Navigation : The URL bar that loads at the top can’t be used to type in URLs. However, there are buttons to stop and reload the page — along with returning to the previous page.
  • Zooming: On some pages you’ll be able to zoom by double tapping anywhere on the display. Otherwise, text passages will automatically fill out the entire width of the screen.
  • Multitasking: If you exit the Safari browser, it should remain in memory and be accessible by double pressing the digital crown to get into the recent apps menu. 

1. Send yourself the desired URL

How to access the hidden Safari browser on your Apple Watch.

On your Apple Watch, you will need to send the URL to yourself by opening the Messages app , tapping the compose button , choosing yourself as the contact, and then typing the URL by using the on-screen keyboard or Siri voice dictation. Once you have the URL, tap the giant send button .

2. Launch the hidden Safari browser

How to access the hidden Safari browser on your Apple Watch.

Once you’ve sent the URL to yourself, you’ll get a notification where you can instantly jump into the message. If not, simply open the Message app and tap on the preview window of the URL you sent. A new page should load on top of the Messages app. In certain instances, the browser will default to the Reader view, but you can change it to Web View by clicking the URL bar at the top.

3. Mail app can also launch Safari browser

How to access the hidden Safari browser on your Apple Watch.

Alternatively, you can also access the Safari browser through links in the Mail app . When you click on them, a new page will overlay the mail app with the appropriate link. 

Smartwatches like the Apple Watch aren’t meant to replace our smartphones. They’re extensions that let us access some of the most commonly used functions on our phones, like the way they discreetly show notifications.

This hidden Safari browser can be useful when you’re in a dire situation. While I was able to basically get to checkout on Motorola’s website for one of its phones, I really don’t recommend using it for this purpose — but rather — the option to quickly browse a webpage.

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When you press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch, you won’t find the Safari app in the app bubble or list of watchOS apps. This might make you think there’s no way to browse the web on your Apple Watch. But that isn’t the case.

Using the guide below, you can open web pages on your Apple Watch in a secret Safari browser that is actually built into watchOS.

How to Browse the Web With Safari on an Apple Watch

Even though there is no visible browser on Apple Watch, if you receive a link in Messages or Mail, you can tap to open it and use a watchOS version of Safari to browse the web.

Here’s how to open any specific web page on your Apple Watch:

  • Use your iPhone or Apple Watch to send the desired URL to yourself or someone close via Messages or Mail.
  • Open the Messages or Mail app on your Apple Watch.
  • Inside the Messages or Mail app, go to the conversation or email you just sent.
  • Tap the URL . It’ll open in the secret Safari browser.

Tip: To send the URL to yourself, open the iPhone Messages app, tap the compose button, and in the recipient section, type the phone number or email associated with iMessage. Type or paste the desired URL and hit send .

You can also type the URL directly in a message conversation with the full QWERTY keyboard on the Apple Watch Series 7 . On other models, use dictation and say something like "apple.com."

Please note that, if you use the scribble feature to enter the website address, it often registers "o" of the word "com" as "0" (zero). So, use the watch keyboard, dictation, or your iPhone to send the URL.

Important Points About Browsing the Web on an Apple Watch

The browsing experience on Apple Watch isn’t as feature-rich as on an iPhone, and you must keep these points in mind to make the most of it:

  • Scroll: Use one finger or rotate the Digital Crown to scroll up or down on the web page. Similar to iPhone, on Apple Watch, tapping at the top of the screen usually takes you to the top of the current page, but doing the same with a web page open does nothing.
  • Open new pages: You can tap the interlinks on a web page to keep visiting new links.
  • Use the on-page search box: If a web page (like Wikipedia) has a search box, you can tap it and enter the search query using the Apple Watch keyboard, scribble, or dictation.
  • Enter a new address manually: You can’t tap the URL address bar to enter a new address, you need to use links on the page itself.
  • Navigate between web pages: To go back or forward, swipe right or left from the edge of the Apple Watch screen.
  • Zoom in on a web page: You can’t use two fingers to pinch and zoom into the web page. But you can double-tap to zoom in and out. Once the web page is zoomed in, drag it around with one finger.
  • Reload the page: Tap the address bar at the top and tap Reload Page . This screen also shows the option to go to the Previous Page .
  • Change view: Tap the address bar at the top and choose from Reader view or Web View . Not every website offers these options.
  • Multitask: You can click the Digital Crown to use other apps. The web page will stay open unless you close the Apple Watch Messages or Mail app.
  • Stop web browsing: To exit web browsing on Apple Watch, tap Close from the top left of the screen.
  • Images: The hidden web browser on your Apple Watch may not display some images or take a lot of time to load them. Plus, tapping an image may not open it in full view.
  • Fonts: Similarly, many custom fonts may not be rendered and displayed on the watchOS Safari. It will fall back to using standard fonts. As a result, a familiar website may look different on Apple Watch than on iPhone or Mac.

How to Clear the Browsing History on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch needs a companion iPhone to sync things like watch screenshots or voice memos you record. But your Apple Watch browsing history doesn’t sync and merge with the Safari history of your paired iPhone.

Here’s how to delete Apple Watch cookies, credentials, and other browsing data from the Apple Watch itself:

  • Open the Settings app on Apple Watch.
  • Tap General .
  • Scroll down and tap Website Data .
  • Tap Clear Website Data and confirm by tapping Clear Data .

Why Doesn’t the Apple Watch Have a Normal Web Browser?

Apple doesn’t show the Safari icon on the Apple Watch. The main reasons for this are the tiny screen and its battery.

Compared to even the smallest popular smartphone, the biggest Apple Watch Series 7 has a tiny screen. Due to this, it isn’t very comfortable to type a URL and view web pages on it. Plus, due to other watchOS limitations, filling forms, uploading files, and other online interactions aren’t possible from a watchOS browser.

The Apple Watch also has a small battery that struggles to last a full day under the heavy use of existing apps and features. If a regular web browser was added, rendering feature-rich websites would drain the battery more quickly. And if watchOS tries to cut down the rich, battery-draining contents of a web page, it will offer a poor experience to users.

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Third-Party Apple Watch Browsers

Major developers don’t have much interest or incentive in creating a browser for the tiny watch screen. That being said, if you truly need a web browser on your Apple Watch, you can check out µBrowser for $0.99. If you don’t wish to pay, Parrity is a free Apple Watch web browser you can give a shot.

Will Apple Add a Full Safari Browser to Future Versions of watchOS?

It’s hard to say. Apple doesn’t even let you listen to music on the watch’s internal speakers. You must connect it to AirPods or other Bluetooth earphones to play music added to the Apple Watch. All this is to extend the battery life and get you through the day. So, the chances of adding a full web browser where people can access sites like YouTube seems highly improbable.

But if battery technology reaches a point where it packs a lot of juice in a tiny form factor, we might get Safari on Apple Watch.

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Web Browsing on Apple Watch

Now you know the trick to visit a website on your Apple Watch. This isn’t useful for a lot of use cases, but suppose you’re leaving for a place where you can’t use your iPhone. In this situation, you can send the link to yourself on iMessage or email and then open it on your Apple Watch when needed.

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A lesser-known Apple Watch feature allows surfing the web and even using search engines. Despite being so small, Apple's wearable is powerful enough to include a web browser — though with no dedicated app, it’s only accessible indirectly. While reading on such a tiny screen isn't really ideal, it can be quite handy when wearing an Apple Watch with cellular capability and if your iPhone isn't as easily accessible.

There are at least three easy ways to open the hidden Apple Watch browser : using Siri, from Messages, and from Mail. The trick is to get a link to appear on the screen. After a Siri search, a list of web results will be shown, and tapping any of the links from the list will open the browser. In some cases, the browser defaults to Reader mode. If this happens, touching the website address at the top and then ' Web View ' will show the page more like it appears on the iPhone. Back, Forward, and Reload buttons are also revealed by tapping the address bar.

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More Ways To Open Apple Watch's Browser

In addition to using Siri, Apple Watch's hidden web browser can also be opened through Messages and Mail. Tapping a link from an email or from a message opens the page in the Apple Watch browser. From there, users can read the contents of the link as they would normally (albeit on a very small screen).

As a workaround for deeper searches, a batch of links can also be sent to serve as starting pages, such as Bing, DuckDuckGo, or other search engines. Google's search engine doesn't work, though, as the button that launches the search is replaced with an ' X ' to clear the text if desired. And, unfortunately, there is no way to proceed after entering keywords. It's also possible to directly type a link on the watch using Messages and, after sending, users can tap on that link to open it on the Apple Watch.

Is There A Safari-Like App For Apple Watch?

To date, Apple has not released an official Safari app for the Apple Watch, nor are there dedicated apps for other major browsers such as Chrome. It’s easy to understand why — browsing on the tiny device, while it might be convenient in a pinch, would come with serious limitations to the experience. It's also worth noting the Apple Watch did not have a built-in full QWERTY keyboard until the Series 7 release, which would make typing a search query difficult. A Safari app would likely fall far short of Apple’s high standards, and the company isn’t one for releasing half-baked products.

There are a few third-party browser apps, but the selection is limited and some are not that well rated. Parrity appears to be the most popular third-party browser for the Apple Watch, but even it has a fair share of issues. At the time of publication, Parrity has a 3.8-star rating and hasn't been updated in a long time. While the built-in browser can be tricky to access, it will likely be the most reliable solution and can take advantage of features that third-party developers might not be able to.

You Can Also Watch YouTube On An Apple Watch

While the web browser on the Apple Watch is limited in its functionality, the good news is that Apple Watch users can now watch YouTube right on their wrist . There's still no official YouTube app available, but a third-party app called WatchTube enables users to watch YouTube videos. The handy little app is actually quite feature-packed. It not only lets users search for YouTube videos, but also enables liking and subscribing. In addition, it displays recommendations and includes a library, complete with watch history, likes, and channel subscriptions.

The app even supports closed captions, although they're likely to be too small to be readable on the Apple Watch's tiny display. On the App Store listing page , the developer notes that it's also added support for opening WatchTube from other applications. This means that if an Apple Watch user were to tap on a YouTube link in an app like Messages , the video might open and play in the WatchTube app.

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6 Best Web Browsers for Apple Watch in 2022 (Free & Paid)

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Apple Watch is a benchmark for the smartwatch market. With Watch OS, it brings all health and productivity features that one would need to the table. While the Apple Watch does not get a built-in Safari, it supports third-party apps, meaning you can install web browsers on it with ease. In this article, let’s look at some of the best web browsers you can install on your Apple Watch, including both free and paid options.

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Free Web Browsers for Apple Watch

A web browser will add to your overall experience with the Apple Watch. Here are some of the top free web browser apps you can install on Watch OS.

Parrity Web Browser for Apple Watch

Parrity is a fully operable web browser that you can use directly on your Apple Watch or operate it from your iPhone. It has a minified web UI with easy-to-use control buttons. You can visit sites using Siri or Scribble with a convenient URL positioning UI and you can also share sites from Safari using the share panel.

The browser supports dozens of popular search engines like Google, Wikipedia, Amazon, IMDb, etc. It uses caching that allows faster reloading of pages. Along with that, it also supports basic history management that keeps a record of visited pages which you can clear anytime.

You can pre-load web pages on your iPhone and send them to the watch for better convenience. This feature can be helpful in urgent events like signing in. Lastly, it also has a watch face widget for quick access to the browser.

Key Features:

  • Site sharing with iPhone
  • Minified Web UI for Smartwatches
  • Supports Multiple Search Engines
  • Basic History Management
  • Pre-load Web Pages
  • Watch Face Widget for Quick Access
  • Siri and Scribble Voice Support

Check on App Store: Parrity Web Browser

Webabit  Web Browser for Apple Watch

Webabit is a simple and limited web browser for Apple Watch. It does not have many features and only allows basic browsing. There’s no search engine support here but it can load specific websites that you can sync through Safari on your iPhone.

You can bookmark any site on the Safari browser which you can access on the watch later through Webabit. It’s an ideal option if you’re looking for a lightweight browser that suits your basic page-viewing requirements on Apple Watch.

  • Simple-to-use Interface
  • Access any Website on the go
  • Access Links from Safari
  • Easy linking with Phone
  • Bookmark websites for Quick Access

Check on App Store: Webabit Simple Browser

Paid Web Browsers for Apple Watch

1. µbrowser.

uBrowser  Web Browser for Apple Watch

µBrowser is a mini web browser for the Apple Watch made for urgent browsing. It does not support many search engines but you can use it for basic browsing when you don’t have any other device around you.

You can open any URL by typing and can also search anything on the web with DuckDuckGo engine. It allows you to visit your previously visited pages and you can also add pages from history to favorites for easy access.

The µBrowser also supports complications to quickly access the browser from the watch face. There’s also a µBrowser browser companion app available for iPhone through which you can manage bookmarks.

  • Quick Access Mini Browser
  • Web search with DuckDuckGo
  • Better Keyboard Optimization for Series 7
  • Add Favorites from History
  • Quick access from Watch Face
  • Companion app to Manage Bookmarks

Check on App Store: µBrowser Mini Browser

2. iBrowserWeb

iBrowserWeb  Web Browser for Apple Watch

iBrowserWeb is a premium web browser for Apple Watch that comes with a premium price tag. It comes equipped with a fully functional keyboard that lets you search anything on the web through this browser instantly.

You can search anything like websites or about any general knowledge question with its search engine. The browser can open new tabs and save your favorite websites and links to access them easily in future without searching for it again.

While it offers several features, the UI may feel childish to some people. And given the price tag of around $20, we would suggest you first try the other free and paid options available in the article.

  • Fully Functional Keyboard
  • Search Anything on the Watch
  • Create New Tabs
  • Watch Latest News
  • Save Links and Favorite Websites
  • Support Tickets Available

Check on App Store: iBrowseWeb – Browser & Search Engine for Apple Watch

3. Squint Browser

Squint  Web Browser for Apple Watch

Squint browser is a complete web browser that instantly discovers your searched content on any website in any language. It works with popular search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo.

This browser can be set on the watch face for quick access and can also work with Siri. You can add or edit keywords and favorites on your iPhone and sync them to your watch.

You can access three different sections in the browser by swiping left and right, keywords, favorites and results. The browser also supports voice commands, allowing you to do tasks like reading articles, pause and resume reading, etc, handsfree.

For less than $2, it’s a quite feature-rich browser that you can install on your Apple Watch.

  • Fully-functional Web Browser
  • Supports Popular Search Engines
  • Works with Voice Assistant
  • Easy Access to Different Sections
  • Seamless Integration with iPhone
  • Voice Commands for Quick Tasks

Check on App Store: Squint Browser

Hidden Web Browser on Apple Watch

Apart from downloading third-party web browsers from App Store on the Apple Watch, you can also use the hidden web browser onboard. There are two ways you can use it, given below.

1. Open Links Using Messages (Webkit Integration)

The Apple Watch comes with built-in messaging and calling support. You can use web browse search on the watch by sending a link on messages to the Apple Watch. To do so:

Hidden Web Browser in Apple Watch

Step 1: Send the link you want to open on your watch via messages or email.

Step 2: Click the link on your watch.

Step 3: It will open the link in the browser inside the messages app.

It offers a similar webpage experience to an iPhone with a mini screen.

Note: Webkit Integration is limited to the Apple Watch Series 3. Websites will not load on Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2.

2. Open Webpage Using Siri on Apple Watch

The other way is to use Siri voice assistant, elaborated below:

Hidden Web Browser on Apple Watch

Step 1: Toggle Siri and say “Hey Siri, search web”.

Step 2: It will show you some web pages options like Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and more.

Step 3: Choose the website you want to browse.

Using this method, you can browse websites on your Apple Watch without any tweaks or apps. To search for general queries, select Google, and then input your query.

Browsing Web on Apple Watch

These were some of the best web browsers for the Apple Watch including free and paid apps. Besides, we’ve also mentioned how you can use the hidden web browser to browse the internet on your Apple Watch without any third-party app or tweak. Stay tuned for more such tips, tricks, and apps around wearables you use.

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Introduction

Safari, Apple's native web browser, has made its way onto the Apple Watch, bringing the convenience of web browsing to your wrist. This integration allows users to access the internet directly from their wearable device, providing quick and easy access to information without needing to reach for their iPhone. With the small yet powerful Apple Watch display, users can now browse the web, check important information, and access their favorite websites with just a few taps.

The introduction of Safari on Apple Watch marks a significant step in the evolution of wearable technology. It opens up a world of possibilities for users, allowing them to stay connected and informed without being tethered to their iPhone or other devices. Whether you want to quickly check the weather, read a news article, or look up a recipe, having Safari on your Apple Watch makes it all possible with a simple flick of the wrist.

This new feature not only enhances the functionality of the Apple Watch but also reflects Apple's commitment to providing a seamless and integrated user experience across its range of devices. By bringing Safari to the Apple Watch, Apple has further expanded the capabilities of its wearable device, making it even more indispensable in the daily lives of its users.

In this article, we will explore the various aspects of using Safari on Apple Watch, including setting it up, navigating websites, using bookmarks and history, managing tabs, and leveraging Handoff with the iPhone. Additionally, we will share some valuable tips and tricks to help you make the most of Safari on your Apple Watch. So, let's dive in and discover how to harness the power of web browsing right from your wrist!

Setting up Safari on Apple Watch

Setting up Safari on your Apple Watch is a straightforward process that allows you to seamlessly access the web from your wrist. To begin, ensure that your Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone and is running the latest version of watchOS. Once these prerequisites are met, follow the steps below to set up Safari on your Apple Watch:

Accessing the Watch App : Open the Watch app on your iPhone, which provides a centralized platform for managing various settings and apps on your Apple Watch.

Navigating to My Watch Tab : Within the Watch app, navigate to the "My Watch" tab located at the bottom of the screen. This section allows you to customize and configure the settings for your Apple Watch.

Selecting Safari : Scroll down the list of installed apps until you find Safari. Tap on Safari to access its settings and configurations.

Enabling the Show App on Apple Watch Option : Toggle the "Show App on Apple Watch" option to enable Safari on your Apple Watch. This action ensures that the Safari icon will appear on your Apple Watch's home screen, granting you quick access to the web browser .

Customizing Glances : If desired, customize the Glances feature for Safari on your Apple Watch. Glances provide quick, at-a-glance information from apps, and configuring this feature for Safari can enhance your browsing experience on the Apple Watch.

Completing the Setup : Once you have made the necessary adjustments, the changes will be synchronized with your Apple Watch, and the Safari app icon will be added to your Apple Watch's home screen.

By following these simple steps, you can seamlessly integrate Safari into your Apple Watch, empowering you to browse the web directly from your wrist. With Safari now readily accessible on your Apple Watch, you are equipped to explore the vast expanse of the internet with unparalleled convenience and ease.

This seamless integration of Safari onto the Apple Watch exemplifies Apple's commitment to enhancing the functionality of its devices, providing users with a cohesive and interconnected ecosystem that seamlessly spans across their range of products. With Safari now at your fingertips, the possibilities for quick and convenient web browsing on your Apple Watch are endless.

Navigating websites

Navigating websites on the Apple Watch's Safari browser is a unique and intuitive experience, tailored to the device's compact yet powerful interface. Despite the smaller screen size, Apple has optimized the browsing experience to ensure seamless navigation and efficient access to web content. Here's a detailed look at how you can effectively navigate websites on Safari using your Apple Watch:

1. Using the Digital Crown and Touch Screen

The Digital Crown, a prominent feature of the Apple Watch, serves as a versatile tool for navigating websites. By rotating the Digital Crown, users can scroll through web pages, allowing for precise and controlled movement. Additionally, the touch screen functionality enables users to tap, swipe, and interact with on-screen elements, providing a familiar and intuitive browsing experience.

2. Zooming In and Out

When viewing web pages with small text or intricate details, users can zoom in for a closer look. By double-tapping the screen and then using the Digital Crown to zoom in or out, users can adjust the magnification level to suit their preferences, ensuring a comfortable and personalized browsing experience.

3. Interacting with Links and Buttons

Navigating through hyperlinks and interactive elements on web pages is effortless with the Apple Watch. Tapping on links or buttons directly on the screen allows users to seamlessly access different sections of a website, open new pages, or interact with various web-based functionalities, all with the convenience of a few taps on their wrist.

4. Scrolling and Reading Content

Despite the compact display, Safari on the Apple Watch offers a smooth scrolling experience, enabling users to effortlessly browse through articles, news, and other textual content. The ability to scroll through web pages with ease ensures that users can consume information quickly and efficiently, making the most of the available screen real estate.

5. Utilizing Reader Mode

Safari on the Apple Watch includes a Reader Mode feature, which presents simplified, text-focused versions of web pages, making it easier to read articles and long-form content. This mode eliminates distractions and focuses on the main textual content, enhancing the readability of web pages on the Apple Watch's display.

6. Managing Text Input

When interacting with web forms or search bars, users can input text using the Apple Watch's dictation feature or by selecting letters and characters using the on-screen keyboard . This functionality enables users to engage with web-based input fields, perform searches, and interact with various web services directly from their Apple Watch.

By leveraging these intuitive navigation features, users can seamlessly explore the web, access information, and interact with a wide range of online content directly from their Apple Watch. The optimized browsing experience on Safari reflects Apple's dedication to delivering a cohesive and user-friendly web browsing experience across its diverse range of devices.

Using bookmarks and history

Utilizing bookmarks and history on Safari for Apple Watch adds a layer of convenience to the browsing experience, allowing users to access their favorite websites and revisit previously viewed pages with ease. Despite the compact nature of the Apple Watch, Safari offers seamless access to bookmarks and a comprehensive browsing history, empowering users to navigate the web efficiently. Here's a detailed exploration of how you can effectively leverage bookmarks and history on Safari for your Apple Watch.

Accessing Bookmarks

Accessing bookmarks on Safari for Apple Watch is a streamlined process. By tapping on the bookmarks icon within the Safari interface, users can view a list of their saved bookmarks, organized for quick and easy access. This feature allows users to jump directly to their preferred websites without the need to manually enter URLs or perform extensive searches, saving valuable time and effort.

Adding and Managing Bookmarks

Adding new bookmarks on the Apple Watch is a straightforward task. When visiting a website that you wish to bookmark, simply tap the "Add Bookmark" option, enabling you to save the current page for future reference. Additionally, users can manage their existing bookmarks, organizing them into folders or deleting outdated entries directly from their Apple Watch, ensuring that their collection of bookmarks remains tidy and relevant.

Browsing History

Safari for Apple Watch also provides access to a comprehensive browsing history, allowing users to revisit previously viewed web pages. By accessing the history section, users can view a chronological list of their recent web activity, making it effortless to retrace their steps and revisit pages they have previously accessed. This feature is particularly useful for quickly returning to a website that was recently viewed without the need to perform a new search.

Streamlining Web Browsing

The integration of bookmarks and history into Safari for Apple Watch streamlines the web browsing experience, enabling users to access their preferred websites and revisit previously viewed content with remarkable ease. Whether it's accessing a frequently visited website or retracing steps to find a previously viewed article, the seamless access to bookmarks and history enhances the efficiency and convenience of web browsing on the Apple Watch.

By seamlessly integrating bookmarks and history into the Safari experience on the Apple Watch, Apple has further enhanced the functionality of its wearable device, ensuring that users can effortlessly access their preferred web content and revisit previously viewed pages with unparalleled ease. This seamless integration reflects Apple's commitment to delivering a cohesive and user-friendly web browsing experience across its diverse range of devices.

Managing tabs

Managing tabs on Safari for Apple Watch offers users the ability to multitask and efficiently navigate between multiple open web pages directly from their wrist. Despite the compact screen size, Safari on the Apple Watch provides a seamless tab management experience, empowering users to stay organized and access multiple web pages with ease. Here's a detailed exploration of how you can effectively manage tabs on Safari for your Apple Watch.

Opening and Closing Tabs

Opening a new tab on Safari for Apple Watch is a simple process. By tapping on the tab icon within the Safari interface, users can initiate a new tab, allowing them to access additional web pages without disrupting their current browsing session. This feature enables users to seamlessly transition between different websites, enhancing their ability to access diverse content from their Apple Watch.

Closing tabs on Safari for Apple Watch is equally straightforward. By navigating to the tab management interface and selecting the desired tab, users can close individual tabs with a simple tap, ensuring that their browsing session remains organized and clutter-free. This streamlined tab management process allows users to maintain a tidy and efficient browsing environment on their Apple Watch.

Switching Between Tabs

Safari for Apple Watch facilitates effortless navigation between open tabs, enabling users to switch between different web pages with ease. By accessing the tab management interface, users can swipe left or right to navigate through their open tabs, allowing for seamless transitions between various web pages. This intuitive tab switching functionality ensures that users can access and manage multiple web pages without unnecessary complexity.

Managing Tab Order

Users can rearrange the order of their open tabs on Safari for Apple Watch, providing them with the flexibility to prioritize and organize their browsing sessions according to their preferences. By tapping and holding on a tab within the tab management interface, users can drag and reposition tabs, customizing the order in which they appear. This feature empowers users to tailor their tab arrangement to suit their browsing habits, enhancing their overall browsing experience on the Apple Watch.

Streamlining Multitasking

The seamless tab management capabilities of Safari for Apple Watch streamline multitasking, allowing users to access and organize multiple web pages with remarkable ease. Whether it's opening new tabs, switching between existing tabs, or rearranging the tab order, the efficient tab management features of Safari on the Apple Watch enhance users' ability to multitask and access diverse web content directly from their wrist.

By seamlessly integrating robust tab management capabilities into Safari for Apple Watch, Apple has further enhanced the browsing experience on its wearable device, ensuring that users can efficiently manage and access multiple web pages with unparalleled convenience. This seamless integration reflects Apple's commitment to delivering a cohesive and user-friendly web browsing experience across its diverse range of devices.

Using Handoff with iPhone

Handoff is a powerful feature that seamlessly bridges the gap between the Apple Watch and the iPhone, allowing for a fluid transition between devices while maintaining continuity in tasks and activities. When it comes to using Safari on the Apple Watch, Handoff plays a pivotal role in enhancing the browsing experience and ensuring a seamless transition between the small screen of the Apple Watch and the larger display of the iPhone.

With Handoff, users can effortlessly transfer their browsing sessions from the Apple Watch to the iPhone and vice versa, enabling them to continue their web activities without interruption. This feature is particularly beneficial when users encounter content that may be better suited for viewing on a larger screen, such as detailed web pages, multimedia content, or complex web applications.

The process of utilizing Handoff with Safari on the Apple Watch is intuitive and streamlined. When browsing a web page on the Apple Watch and wishing to continue the session on the iPhone, a simple swipe-up gesture on the iPhone's lock screen displays the Safari icon, allowing users to seamlessly transition to the iPhone and pick up where they left off. Similarly, when browsing on the iPhone and wanting to continue the session on the Apple Watch, the Safari icon appears on the Apple Watch's watch face, enabling users to effortlessly switch devices and maintain continuity in their browsing experience.

This seamless handoff of web browsing sessions between the Apple Watch and the iPhone ensures that users can leverage the strengths of each device without encountering any disruptions. Whether it's the convenience of accessing information on the Apple Watch or the enhanced visual experience on the iPhone, Handoff empowers users to seamlessly transition between devices, optimizing their web browsing experience based on their immediate needs and preferences.

By integrating Handoff with Safari on the Apple Watch, Apple has created a cohesive and interconnected web browsing ecosystem that transcends the limitations of individual devices. This seamless continuity in web browsing reflects Apple's commitment to delivering a unified user experience across its range of devices, ensuring that users can effortlessly transition between the Apple Watch and the iPhone while maintaining a consistent and uninterrupted browsing experience.

In summary, Handoff serves as a powerful tool for seamlessly transferring web browsing sessions between the Apple Watch and the iPhone, providing users with a fluid and uninterrupted browsing experience that adapts to their device preferences and usage scenarios.

Tips and tricks for using Safari on Apple Watch

Voice Search : When faced with the task of entering text on the Apple Watch's small screen, consider using the voice search feature. By tapping the microphone icon on the search bar, you can dictate your search queries, saving time and effort while ensuring accurate input.

Utilize Handoff : Take advantage of Handoff to seamlessly transfer web browsing sessions between your Apple Watch and iPhone. This feature allows you to continue browsing on a larger screen when necessary, ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted experience across devices.

Reader Mode : When reading articles or long-form content, engage the Reader Mode feature to simplify the layout and focus on the main textual content. This enhances readability and reduces distractions, making it easier to consume information on the Apple Watch's display.

Customize Glances : Tailor the Glances feature for Safari on your Apple Watch to display relevant information at a glance. This allows you to access key browsing details, such as page load progress or website security indicators, without delving into the full browser interface.

Use Handoff for Multimedia : When encountering multimedia content, such as videos or interactive elements, consider using Handoff to seamlessly transition to your iPhone for a more immersive viewing experience. This ensures that you can enjoy multimedia content on a larger screen without interruption.

Bookmark Frequently Visited Sites : Save time by bookmarking frequently visited websites. This allows for quick access to your preferred web destinations without the need for manual entry or extensive searching, streamlining your browsing experience on the Apple Watch.

Explore Voice Commands : Familiarize yourself with voice commands for navigating Safari on the Apple Watch. By mastering voice interactions, you can efficiently perform tasks such as opening tabs, accessing bookmarks, and initiating searches, all through simple voice prompts.

Stay Updated with Notifications : Enable Safari notifications on your Apple Watch to stay informed about website updates, news alerts, or important notifications from web-based services. This keeps you connected to the web's latest developments directly from your wrist.

By incorporating these tips and tricks into your Safari browsing experience on the Apple Watch, you can optimize your web interactions, streamline your browsing habits, and make the most of the browser's capabilities on your wearable device.

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How to use the hidden Apple Watch web browser to browse the web

Apple Watch supports viewing web content on your wrist, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the hidden watchOS browser to visit any website you like.

Browsing the web on Apple Watch

How it works

Apple Watch doesn’t have a visible Safari browser. Therefore, you won’t find it in your app list. However, Apple’s WebKit engine is integrated into watchOS, making it possible to use the internet on your wrist.

So, how do you access the web if there is no Safari browser?

How to visit websites on your Apple Watch

  • Open the Messages or Mail app on your iPhone and send yourself the link you want to access on your Apple Watch. This also works if someone has already sent you a text or email with a website URL.
  • Press the Digital Crown to see all your apps. From here, open the Messages or Mail app.
  • Tap the link , and it will open that web page.
  • When you’re done, hit Close to exit web browsing and return to the Mail or Messages app.

Open link on Apple Watch

Controls while browsing on Apple Watch

You can interact with the web view using these gestures:

  • Scroll: Move your finger on the screen or rotate the Digital Crown.
  • Zoom: Double-tap to zoom in, and double-tap again to zoom out.
  • Follow hyperlinks: Tap a web link to load the underlying webpage.
  • Enter text: Tap a text field to type, speak, or spell out some text.
  • Back or Forward: Swipe left/right from the edge of the screen.
  • Normal Web View or Reader View: Tap the URL bar at the top.
  • Reload page: Tap the URL bar at the top.

Controls while browsing on Apple Watch

Note: Apple made the right choice by defaulting to Safari Reader. In case you haven’t yet tried Reader Mode in Safari , it strips articles of annoying ads, navigation bars, custom stylesheets, and other distractions, leaving you with pure text and images.

Can I type in the URL bar?

Once a web page opens, you’ll see an address bar at the top which shows the site URL you’re currently on. Sadly, tapping that URL box doesn’t pop open the keyboard, and you can’t enter any other site name or address manually. However, you can tap any link on the current webpage, and it will work. For example, if iDownloadBlog is open on your Apple Watch, you can tap a link you see there (say for a post), and it will open.

How to open Google on Apple Watch

Just send yourself the google.com link and open it on your watch. A mobile-optimized Google search page will show up. You can type the search query in the search box with the QWERTY keyboard (on Series 7 & later), scribble or dictate your query, as well as select the desired item from the Google homepage.

Browsing the web with Google on Apple Watch

WebKit integration on Apple Watch: What’s the use?

Implementing support for WebKit is a monumental achievement. The Cupertino technology giant doesn’t feel like browsing the web on such a tiny screen would make sense—that’s why Apple Watch doesn’t ship with Safari. That said, it’s possible for your Apple Watch to render web content, albeit in a limited fashion. For example, you can check out a restaurant menu or read a quick news article without pulling an iPhone out of your pocket.

In other words, the lack of manual input significantly reduces the web browsing ability on your Apple smartwatch. However, if there are links that you must open on your wrist for any reason, then you can send yourself the link via messages or email and visit it later. Besides that, if someone sends you a link in iMessage or email, the WebKit integration allows you to have a quick look from your watch, and for a deeper experience, you can always visit that link later on your iPhone.

Browsing web on Apple Watch

Old Apple Watch?

Series 2 , Series 1 , and Series 0 models aren’t supported. Attempting to open an attached link on an unsupported model yields an error message saying, “This link isn’t viewable on Apple Watch, but you can open it on your iPhone.”

Web pages not loading on Apple Watch

Don’t expect the watch to render all websites properly. In our experience, webpages with complex layouts with embedded widgets and JavaScript code might get stuck, resulting in a blank page or refusing to load at all. Still, it’s nice knowing that limited web content support is there should you ever need it.

Third-party browsers for Apple Watch

Apple doesn’t offer Safari on Apple Watch, but you can use a third-party app to access the web. Here are two mini browsers you can try:

  • µBrowser : $0.99
  • Parrity : Free

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There’s a secret way to browse the web from your Apple Watch

By David Nield

Posted on Feb 15, 2022 2:00 PM EST

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Have a look through the apps on your Apple Watch and you won’t find the Safari web browser. This seems like a reasonable choice considering the small size of the screen and the limited input options.

But if you need to get a webpage up on your smartwatch, know that it is possible. There’s a hidden browser app already on the watch, and you’ll also find a couple of third-party options available to install.

A warning, though—You’ll definitely come up against limitations and the experience is nowhere as good as it is on a phone or a laptop.

Using the built-in Apple Watch browser

You can’t launch the web browser built into the Apple Watch from the standard grid or list of apps. Instead, you’ll have to access it by opening up a link from another smartwatch app. You can use the Mail and Messages apps for this, and all you have to do is send yourself an email or message containing the URL that you want to visit.

[Related: Apple Watch Series 7 Review: Living Larger ]

This might seem like a long-winded way of getting online—and it is, really. But just in case you ever need it, you can make things easier by emailing yourself a list with the websites you regularly need access to, for example. 

Another way of getting to a website is by using Siri on your Apple Watch. Say “Siri, go to…” followed by the URL you want to visit. A list of web results will appear—just tap Open Page underneath the link you want to open it. This works well for sites with simple URLs that can be easily spoken out, like apple.com or google.com.

When it comes to entering text into websites, you can use the usual methods available on your watch, including voice dictation, the scribble handwriting feature, and the on-screen keyboard. It’s not ideal for entering large amounts of text, but it’ll do if you need to search for a few keywords, for example.

Bear in mind that not all websites will load properly (or even at all) on such a tiny screen, and it can be difficult navigating around menus and pop-up dialogs. In some cases, the built-in browser will switch to a simpler view, like the Reader View in Safari on the desktop, so you’ll just get the text and nothing else. Tap on the URL at the top to switch between these views.

You can also navigate backward and forward by tapping on the address bar. Other gestures you can take advantage of are using the Digital Crown or a finger on the screen to scroll, and double-tapping on the screen to zoom in and out. To clear all the collected browsing data, open Settings and choose General , Website Data , and Clear Website Data .

Using third-party programs

The built-in web browser on the Apple Watch is probably your best bet when it comes to loading up webpages, as Apple has access to parts of the smartwatch’s code that third-party apps can’t get to. Nevertheless, if you want a more fully-fledged experience, you’ve got options.

[Related: How to navigate your Apple Watch with hand gestures using AssistiveTouch ]

First up is the free Parrity app, which actually uses a connected iPhone to load and render pages before transferring the results over to your Apple Watch. You can still interact with pages on your wrist, enter new URLs, and even go back on your browsing history, but your iPhone will always need to be around for anything to happen. 

Then there’s µBrowser , which will set you back $1. This works entirely independently on the watch and does a very decent job of rendering websites, albeit with some issues (support for multiple fonts is rather limited, for example). You can search the web, enter URLs, and go back to pages that you’ve recently visited.

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How to browse the web on an Apple Watch

How to browse the web on an Apple Watch: While Apple does offer a hidden browser, a new mini web browser is bringing the web to your wrist.

Apple doesn’t include its Safari browser on the Apple Watch for obvious reasons. It’s doesn’t believe you can achieve a worthy World Wide Web experience on a 45mm display.

There is a hidden browser of sorts that’s a product of Apple’s own WebKit API, introduced in watchOS 5. That comes into play when you receive a URL link within the Messages and Mail apps. Tap those links and you will see a functional web page where you can tap links and browse through websites, using the Digital Crown to scroll through pages.

Click Link on Apple Watch

This also applies with links that appear within Siri search results. MacRumors also points out a little hack where you can send yourself a link to Google via iMessages, perform the web search there and browse whatever you want.

Download the µBrowser for Apple Watch

While there is no Safari, where there’s a will, there’s the intrepid developer community. The µBrowser is described as a Mini Browser on your Watch and arrived on the App Store last week to great acclaim, with a 4.8 rating out of 5 so far. It only costs $0.99/£0.99 too.

You can download the µBrowser app for Apple Watch here .

It enables you to type in web addresses directly on the display or enter search terms to enjoy a micro browsing experience. The companion iPhone app also enables you to set up bookmarks to your favourite sites to avoid having to type them in.

Apple Watch ubrowser

You will need watchOS 8 installed on your Apple Watch and iOS 15 on your iPhone in order to use this app. It should work nicely on all of phones compatible with the latest update, although the larger displays available in the newer generations will naturally be best.

There are some issues, naturally, with readability on home websites, while 9to5Mac reports that images can take a while to launch, if they launch at all. Users do have to confirm they want to browse to that page after it launches.

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Did you know that there is a secret Safari browser hidden on your Apple Watch? This neat feature allows you to browse the web from the convenience of your wrist, without the need for your iPhone or any other device. Here’s how you can use the secret Safari browser on your Apple Watch:

1. Open the Hidden Browser: To access the hidden browser on your Apple Watch, you will need to activate it first. To do this, press on the Digital Crown on your watch to access the home screen. Once you are there, you will need to find the “Settings” option and select it.

2. Find the “General” Option: In the settings, you will see a list of options. You will need to scroll down until you find the “General” option, and then select it.

3. Activate the Browser: Once you are in the “General” settings, you will see a list of options once again. You will need to scroll down to the very bottom of the screen until you see the “Activate Browser” option. Toggle this option on, and your browser will be activated.

4. Browse the Web: Once your browser is activated, you can start browsing the web from your Apple Watch. To open the browser, press on the Digital Crown on your watch to access the home screen. You will see a new icon labeled “Browser.” Select this icon to open the browser and start browsing the web.

5. Use Voice Commands: Since the screen on your Apple Watch is relatively small, browsing the web can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, you can use voice commands to navigate the browser. Simply say “Hey Siri” and then ask Siri to search for something or open a specific website. Siri will then perform the necessary action on your behalf.

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How to Get Safari Like Web Browser on Apple Watch

Want to browse the internet on your Apple Watch but can’t find Safari in the list of apps? You aren’t alone. Apple Watch doesn’t include a Safari web browser that you can use freely. So what’s the solution? All you need to do is get a third-party Safari-like web browser app on your Apple Watch. Useful when you don’t have an iPhone on you like when you are on a run, in the gym, or in the pool.

You need to take the help of an app known as Parrity . It’s a web browser that can be used on iPhone and Apple Watch both. First, install the Parrity app on your iPhone from the App Store.

Once installed, open the Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll down to the apps section and tap on the Install button next to the Parrity app. The app will be installed on your Apple Watch.

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Now, open the Parrity web browser on your Apple Watch (it should be in the list of apps) and you are ready to explore the world of the internet on your Apple Watch. Tap on the Globe icon in the app to open the address bar. Then, tap on the address bar.

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You will get options to enter the website URLs. You can enter it using voice typing or handwriting mode. The third option is to use your iPhone to type the text. Hit the Go button. Once a webpage opens, use the Digital Crown or swipe up and down to navigate around the webpage.

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Of course, since the screen space is quite small, the experience isn’t as great as one would have on an iPhone or a laptop. Nevertheless, the app works great and can come in handy when you want to browse something on your Apple Watch.

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You can also use the following workarounds to browse the internet on your Apple Watch:

  • Send the link you want to open on your Apple Watch via the Messages or the Mail app to make it available on your Apple Watch. Then, click on the link and it should open in the hidden browser on your Apple Watch. Don’t get excited because you cannot manually enter links in the hidden browser of your Apple Watch.
  • Use Siri to open popular sites like Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. Activate Siri and then say the website name. Once the web results show up, scroll down and tap on Open web page.

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How great it would be if you could just browse the Google or Internet on your Apple Watch?

Pretty great, right? All you have to do was to lift your wrist and do whatever you want to do on the Internet. But wait, Do Apple watches have a Safari browser? Not sure? Don’t worry, I am here to help.

In this article, I will solve all your doubts regarding the Safari browser on the Apple watch. And I will share how you can use Google and browse the Internet on your Apple Watch.

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Do Apple Watches Have Safari

Apple Watch is a very powerful smartwatch, you can do a lot of things with it. The latest Apple Watch Series 8 can even detect crashes on its own. But does it let you browse the Internet? Does Apple Watch have a Safari browser?

No, there is no Safari browser app available on Apple watches be it Series 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, or SE. But don’t get upset, just keep reading the article and I will tell you how can use your Apple Watch to browse the Internet.

What do we do on the smartphone when it does not has any app? We download the app from the App Store, right? So can you get Safari on your Apple Watch as well?

No, there is actually no Safari app available in the App Store for Apple watches . Therefore you cannot download or install Safari browser on your Apple Watch, be it Series 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, or SE.

As discussed, the Apple watch neither has a Safari browser app nor can you download it from the App Store. Does it mean that you cannot access the Internet from your Apple watch?

No, you can access Google or the Internet from your Apple Watch. It does not have a Safari browser app but it does have a secret browser that can be used . Since it is a secret browser so you cannot use it like a normal browser. As a result, you will have to work a little to access it.

There are 2 ways to access the hidden Safari browser in the Apple Watch:

  • Either click on a link you receive in a message or email
  • Or use Siri to open it

Let me tell you about both methods one by one.

Method 1: Click The Links On The Message/Email

  • Open the email or messaging app on your Apple Watch.
  • Now open the particular email or message that has the link to the website you want to access. In case you don’t have a message/email, then you will have to create a new message . Create a new message or email containing the URL of the website you want to access and send it to yourself. Once you have received the email or message, you can then open it and click on the link.
  • After clicking on the link, your Apple Watch’s secret Safari browser will get to work and open the webpage.
  • Once the browser is opened, you can then use it to access other websites on the Internet as well.

Method 2: Use Siri To Open The Browser

Use Internet On Apple Watch

  • Simply raise your wrist and start speaking to your Apple watch. However, you will have to turn on the Raise To Speak feature on your watch to be able to use it.
  • Just say “Hey Siri” . Again to use this feature, you will have to turn it on from your Apple Watch settings.
  • If your Apple Watch Face has a Siri button , then you can simply tap on it to invoke Siri.
  • Pressing and holding the Digital Crown button on your Apple Watch invokes Siri as well.
  • Now ask Siri to open the website you want to visit. For eg., if you want to visit wearholic.com, you can simply say, “ open wearholic.com ”. You don’t need to say “www” at the start but do not forget to say “dot com” at the end of the website name. If you don’t add “dot com”, “dot org” or the extension of the site in the end then your Apple Watch will show you Google search results. However, if you want to access Google from your Apple Watch then you can simply invoke Siri and ask it to search for whatever you want to search on Google. It will show you the Google search results for the same query.
  • Once the browser is open, you can then use it to browse the Internet.

Let me tell you from my own experience that using the Safari browser on the Apple Watch is not as good and smooth as it is on the iPhone or other devices. Probably because of this reason, it stays hidden on Apple watches. Apple watches have a secret Safari browser, which means, Apple doesn’t want you to use it regularly. It is there only for some important or urgent times.

However, if you really want to use it on your Apple Watch then let me tell you about some things that will make your browsing easier.

  • Navigation: If you want to go back or forward on the browser, you simply have to swipe left or right on your Apple watch screen . You can also click on the address bar and then select whether you want to reload, go to the previous page or want to go to the next page.
  • Scrolling: If you want to scroll up and down the webpage then you can either do it by swiping your finger up and down on the watch screen or you can rotate the crown.
  • Zoom In Or Out: The Apple Watch’s screen is very small compared to your smartphone screen. Therefore, you will need to zoom in and out to read the text clearly. Simply double tapping on the screen will zoom in and zoom out the web page. Once zoomed in, you can then use your finger to drag the screen to a particular part you want to see.
  • Go To A Particular URL: There is no option of entering the web address manually on the Apple Watch browser. So do not waste your time trying to do it, just repeat the steps we discussed in this article earlier, it will save you a lot of time.
  • Close The Browser: Once you have browsed the Internet, you can simply tap on the Close button present at the top left corner to close the browser.
  • Images: The secret web browser of Apple Watch is not that powerful, so it may take some time to load images on the page or it may not load them at all. If you are searching for any image online then I will not recommend you to use the Apple Watch browser.

If you have used your Apple Watch to search for things that you don’t want others to see then you are in luck. As funny as it may seem, the Apple Watch does not have a browser app but has Clear Website Data settings . It seems like Apple did know that people will find out the hidden browser on Apple watches and will need to clear their history one day.

Follow the below steps to clear the search history on your Apple Watch:

Clear Browsing History Step 1

Now no one will know what you have accessed on the Internet from your Apple watch.

As discussed, Apple Watches do not have a Safari app to browse the Internet and we have to work a little to access websites on an Apple Watch. But why doesn’t Apple Watch has a Safari browser app?

I think it is because of the following reasons:

  • Fewer Audience: The number of people that want to use the Safari browser on their Apple Watch is considerably less. Therefore, Apple isn’t paying any heed in introducing a Safari browser app for watches.
  • Screen Size: The screen size of Apple watches is very small compared to smartphones. And developing the browser app for watches will require a lot of R&D and effort. Even if the app is developed, the experience will be nowhere similar to the experience of using the browser on a smartphone or laptop.
  • Battery Life: Apple watches come with one of the worst battery life among all the smartwatches available in the market. On normal use, it barely lasts a whole day. If you start browsing the Internet on it then it won’t last more than a few hours. This I think Apple knows and that is why there is no Safari browser app on Apple watches.

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Can I Have Safari Browser App On My Apple Watch?

No, you cannot download the Safari browser app on your Apple Watch, be it Series 8, 7, 6, 5, or SE.

Can You Browse The Internet On Apple Watch?

Yes, you can browse the Internet using its hidden browser.

Can You Use Google On Apple Watch?

Yes, you can use Google on your Apple Watch.

Does Apple Watch Series 7 Has Safari Browser?

No, Apple Watch Series 7 does not have the Safari browser app. Even the latest Apple Watch Series 8 does not come with a browser app. They come with a secret web browser though, which needs a little bit of workaround to use.

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Use the hidden Safari browser on the Apple Watch and add other browsers

When you press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch, you won't find the Safari app in the watchOS app list. This might make you think that there is no way to surf the internet on the watch. But on the contrary, there is already a browser that you may need at some point, and you can download a standalone app for browsing the Internet on the Apple Watch, and using the guide below, you can open web pages on the Apple Watch in a secret Safari browser already built into the watchOS system, you may need to use Internet on the Apple Watch at one time.

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How to Browse the Internet Using Safari on Apple Watch

Although there is no visible browser on the Apple Watch, if you receive a link in Messages or Mail, you can tap to open it and view it on the watchOS version's Safari browser. Here's how to open any specific page:

Use your iPhone or Apple Watch to send the requested link to yourself or a loved one via message or email.

Open the Messages or Mail app on your Apple Watch.

Within the Messages or Mail app, go to the conversation or email that was just sent.

Click on the link, it will open in the secret Safari browser.

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To send a link to yourself, open the Messages app on the iPhone, press the compose button, and in the recipients section, type the phone number or email, then type or paste the desired link and press send.

You can also type the site address directly into a message conversation using the full keyboard on the Apple Watch 7, and on other models, use dictation and say something like “iphoneislam.com.”

Please note that if you use the Scribble feature to enter a website address, the 'o' for 'com' is often recorded as '0' (zero). So, use your iPhone's watch, dictation, or iPhone keyboard to send the link.

Important points for browsing the Internet on the Apple Watch

The browsing experience on the Apple Watch is not as feature-rich as on the iPhone, and you should keep these points in mind to get the most out of them:

scroll : Use one finger or rotate the Digital Crown to scroll up or down on a web page. Similar to the iPhone, on the Apple Watch, tapping the top of the screen usually takes you to the top of the current page, but doing the same with a webpage open does nothing.

Opening new pages: You can click on the nested links on the webpage to continue visiting the new links.

Use the search box on the page: If the webpage has a search box, you can click it and use typing or dictation, as normal.

Enter a new address manually: You cannot click the address bar to enter a new address, you need to use only the links on the page itself.

Navigating between web pages: To go back or forward, swipe left or right from the edge of the watch screen.

Zoom web page: You cannot use two fingers to zoom in or out on the page like on the iPhone. But you can double-tap to zoom in and out, and once you've zoomed in on a web page, drag it with one finger to move around.

Reload the page: Click on the address bar at the top and click on Reload Page, this screen also displays the option to go to the previous page.

Change display: Tap the address bar at the top and choose Reader View or Web View, not every site offers these options.

multitasking: You can click the digital crown to use other apps, the web page will remain open unless you close the Messages app on the watch or Mail.

Pictures: The web browser on your Apple Watch might not display some images or take a long time to load them. Additionally, clicking on the image may not open it in full view mode.

lines: Likewise, many types of custom fonts may not be displayed, only standard fonts will be used. As a result, a familiar website may look different on an Apple Watch than on an iPhone or Mac.

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How to clear web history on Apple Watch

An Apple Watch needs a companion iPhone to sync things like watch screenshots or voice memos you take. But the Apple Watch browsing history does not sync or merge with the Safari history of the paired iPhone.

Here's how to delete Apple Watch cookies, credentials, and other browsing data from the Apple Watch itself:

Open Settings on the Apple Watch.

Click General.

Scroll down and tap Location Data.

Click Clear website data and confirm by clicking Clear data.

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Why doesn't the Apple Watch have a standard web browser?

Apple does not display the Safari icon on the Apple Watch. The main reasons for this are the small screen and its battery.

Compared to the smallest smartphone, the largest Watch 7 still has a small screen. For this reason, it is not convenient to type the address of the site and view web pages on it. Additionally, due to other watchOS limitations, it is not possible to fill out forms, upload files, and other online interactions from the watchOS browser.

The Apple Watch also has a small battery that is barely enough for a full day with heavy use of existing apps and features, and if a regular web browser is added, viewing feature-rich websites will drain the battery faster. And if watchOS tries to reduce the battery-draining rich content of a web page, it will provide a poor experience for users.

Browsers for Apple Watch other than Safari

The developers do not have much interest or incentives in creating a browser for the small screen of the watch, however, if you need a web browser on the Apple Watch, you can use Parrity Browser which is a free browser for the Apple Watch that you can try.

Will Apple add a full Safari browser in the future?

It's hard to say the answer, at least for now, as Apple doesn't even allow you to listen to music on the watch's internal speakers. You must connect them to your AirPods or other Bluetooth earbuds to play the music added to your Apple Watch. All this to extend battery life and keep you going all day. So, the chances of adding a full web browser where people can access sites like YouTube seems very unlikely.

But if battery technology reaches a point of strength where it can allow it in its small form, we might get a full Safari app on the Apple Watch.

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The Apple Watch is an incredibly capable little device. One thing it was lacking, though, was a web browser. That's changed now, thanks to a new $.99 app called  µBrowser , which brings a decent web browser to your Apple Watch.

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While µBrowser certainly won't replace browsing the web on your phone or tablet , it could be acceptable to look something up in a pinch if your phone is inaccessible. Perhaps you have a cellular Apple Watch, and you left your phone at home and need to search the web for something important.

Some substantial drawbacks come with browsing the web on the Apple Watch aside from the obvious ones like the small screen. According to developer Arno Appenzeller, there's no back button on the app, so you'll need to start a new session if you want to go back. Additionally, logging in on most websites will probably not work.

As a minor annoyance, the developer says, "Also note that µBrowser uses the Authentication flow of watchOS for that reason the dialogue will show up every time you open a page."

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A companion app for iPhone lets you manage your bookmarks on the larger screen, which is an excellent convenience.

µBrowser doesn't seem like a perfect way to look at the web, but it's decent for the first attempt at an Apple Watch browser. Hopefully, Apple will try to create something similar with Safari to see how it would work with official support. In the meantime, if you feel like browsing the web on your wrist is something you want to try, this option is here for you.

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Apple has regularly promoted Safari as the privacy and security-focused browser. In a new media campaign launched on Tuesday, it's making a big song and dance about it, months ahead of the inbound iPhone 16 and Apple Intelligence .

The campaign is centered around a short film called "Flock." Set to tense music, smartphone users are shown being stalked by security cameras, which morph into bird-like machines that swoop as close to the user as possible.

As the film goes on, more security cameras fly about, trying to spy on the subject's Android smartphone. Scenes include a bat-like swarm of cameras, one flying into a window, and a fisherman throwing away a smartphone to try and fend off inbound cameras.

"Your browsing is being watched," the film declares before showing users opening Safari on iPhone . This causes the bird-cameras to explode, accompanied by the declaration "Safari. A browser that's actually private."

The ad is accompanied by billboards and online ads, telling users the same "being watched" message.

The ultimate aim of the campaign is to remind users that data brokers and marketers can track them across multiple sites. With location data collected without a user's permission and the potential for web extensions to violate a user's privacy, it's hard to stay completely private online.

Cross-site tracking prevention

Apple's technology upgrades to Safari over the years have made it a very protective browser when it comes to user data. Many changes have been made over time to minimize tracking and a user's digital footprint so that they aren't constantly tracked for advertising purposes.

To prevent cross-site tracking, Apple started blocking third-party cookies going back to 2005 and did so for all third-party cookies in 2019 . As marketers worked to create new techniques to work around cookie blocks, Apple brought onboard Intelligent Tracking Protection.

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Safari also hides the user's IP address from trackers, disabling another method of identifying a user and their exact location.

For fingerprinting, where companies develop a profile of a user's configuration, Safari severely limits the system information that is exposed. By making users seem to be using the same system configuration, it becomes extremely hard to use this technique.

Location data protections

By knowing a user's location, marketers could determine the stores and businesses a user has visited, which could be incorporated into their digital profile.

Safari includes a number of protections to stop just this. To start with, Safari avoids sharing location data with search engines, which is a common way for such data to be collected.

There are instances when a user's location needs to be exposed, such as searches for nearby locations. Safari provides granular control, including prompts to share or deny and how long the sharing will be for.

Web extensions

Browser extensions can be useful, but they can also be a way for developers to acquire data on users. Apple supports the official WebExtensions standard with Safari, enabling extensions to exist.

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However, users are advised on the information an extension can access before they enable it in Safari. After installation, users can also restrict the extension's access to specific websites for just a day.

Private Browsing

While Safari was the first to offer a private browsing mode , it has continued to provide more ways to keep browsing in that mode as private as possible.

Aside from not saving web pages visited or searches made to protect against local threats, such as other users, Apple has also done more for online trackers. Even more so than in normal browsing.

For example, advanced fingerprinting protection goes further than the non-private version, clamping down on what data is offered to trackers even more. If users are concerned about the collection habits of some search engines, they can also select different , more privacy-forward options within private browsing itself.

In 2021, Apple also introduced iCloud Private Relay , a system that makes it even harder to track users, by affecting how the user connects to the Internet itself.

I think there might’ve been a breach out of SCP-1678 and the entity SCP-1678-B is currently appearing and attacking android users. It is unknown as to how Apple designed Safari to make SCP-1678-B to self-destruct.

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A new cyberattack is targeting iPhone users, with criminals attempting to obtain individuals' Apple IDs in a "phishing" campaign, security software company Symantec  said in an alert Monday. 

Cyber criminals are sending text messages to iPhone users in the U.S. that appear to be from Apple, but are in fact an attempt at stealing victims' personal credentials. 

"Phishing actors continue to target Apple IDs due to their widespread use, which offers access to a vast pool of potential victims," Symantec said. "These credentials are highly valued, providing control over devices, access to personal and financial information, and potential revenue through unauthorized purchases."

Consumers are also more likely to trust communications that appear to come from a trusted brand like Apple, warned Symantec, which is owned by Broadcom, a maker of semiconductors and infrastructure software.

The malicious SMS messages appear to come from Apple and encourage recipients to click a link and sign in to their iCloud accounts. For example, a phishing text could say: "Apple important request iCloud: Visit signin[.]authen-connexion[.]info/icloud to continue using your services." Recipients are also asked to complete a CAPTCHA challenge in order to appear legitimate, before they're directed to a fake iCloud login page.  

Such cyberattacks are commonly referred to as "smishing" schemes in which criminals use fake text messages from purportedly reputable organizations, rather than email, to lure people into sharing personal information, such as account passwords and credit card data.

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Be cautious about opening any text messages that appear to be sent from Apple. Always check the source of the message — if it's from a random phone number, the iPhone maker is almost certainly not the sender. iPhone users should also avoid clicking on links inviting people to access their iCloud account; instead, go to login pages directly.

"If you're suspicious about an unexpected message, call, or request for personal information, such as your email address, phone number, password, security code, or money, it's safer to presume that it's a scam — contact that company directly if you need to," Apple said in a post on avoiding scams. 

Apple urges users to always enable multi-factor authentication for Apple ID for extra security and to make it harder to access to your account from another device. It is "designed to make sure that you're the only person who can access your account," Apple said.

Apple adds that its own support representatives will never send its users a link to a website and ask them to sign in, or to provide your password, device passcode, or two-factor authentication code. 

"If someone claiming to be from Apple asks you for any of the above, they are a scammer engaging in a social engineering attack. Hang up the call or otherwise terminate contact with them," the company said .

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iOS 18: What's New With Safari

iOS 18 includes updates for many of Apple's built-in apps, and Safari is no exception. Apple's browser has some useful new features for more quickly getting to the information that you want most from websites.

iOS 18 Safari Feature

Highlights detects relevant information on a webpage that you're visiting and surfaces it for you so you can find pertinent details without having to scour a page.

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Information that's shown in Highlights will depend on the website you're visiting. For stores, hotels, and other places you might want to go to, Safari will provide directions. For other websites, you might see links to learn more about people, music, movies, and TV shows.

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Reader Mode

Safari updated Reader Mode to provide a table of contents for long articles and also a quick summary of what's on the page.

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New Reader Mode options are available in English (Australia), English (Canada), English (Ireland), English (New Zealand), English (South Africa), English (UK), and English (U.S.)

Design Changes

Apple updated the design of the Safari tools that can be accessed through the URL bar. The tool icon is now a box with two lines, and tapping it brings you into full overlay window that's at the bottom of the display.

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Apple has also changed the design of the tab management page, with a unified toolbar for separate sections and tab groups.

New Quick Access Options

Some of the features that used to be tucked away in the Share Sheet are now more readily available through the Safari toolbar.

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  • Open Links in Profile

The Page Menu can be edited so that you can customize which tools go in your list of favorites for quicker access.

All of these options are still available through the Share Sheet as well.

With a new dedicated Passwords app, Safari logins, passwords, and passkeys are filled in automatically if you have your information saved to the app.

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Apps like Safari can be locked and hidden, requiring Face ID or Touch ID authentication to access them. Locking an app goes a step further than the protected private browsing feature that Apple introduced in an earlier version of iOS, as the entire Safari browser can be locked.

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OK - I appreciate your help. I assumed from this article on Apple's site that it could do the safari passwords like the Touch ID does ...

How to approve other password requests

You can also use your Apple Watch to approve other requests to enter your administrator password. This feature requires  watchOS 6  and  macOS Catalina . It works anywhere you need to type your Mac password, such as when viewing passwords in Safari preferences, unlocking a locked note, approving an app installation, or unlocking settings in System Preferences.

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Feb 4, 2020 1:29 PM in response to deggie

Feb 4, 2020 1:16 PM in response to ChrisJ4203

Sorry for not explaining it correctly. On my MacBook Pro, when it requires a password to sign in, it will use my Apple Watch instead of requiring fingerprint or typing in the password. However, it is “not” allowing the Apple Watch as an option any other time - including filling in Safari Passwords or signing in after restarting.

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Feb 4, 2020 12:47 PM in response to Jawbrook

It seems I am missing the question. You do not have Safari on the Apple Watch, and the Apple Watch is not where you would store passwords.

deggie

Feb 4, 2020 1:24 PM in response to Jawbrook

The only function the Apple Watch provides is unlocking the local computer passcode, it has no means to unlock websites.

Feb 4, 2020 1:30 PM in response to Jawbrook

As deggie has said, that Watch function is only for unlocking your MacBook. If you wish to use fills in Safari, one would use Keychain, or another password manager.

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Apple Watch For Your Kids

Apple watch. a great call for kids. a great call for kids..

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Set up any Apple Watch with cellular for your kids, even if they don’t have their own iPhone. 1 Easy to call and text. Know where they are. Great ways to keep them active. It’s independence for them. And peace of mind for you.

Apple Watch For Your Kids

Your iPhone manages their Apple Watch.

An iPhone in between two different hands, each with an Apple Watch on it.

Use your iPhone to pair a watch for each of your kids so they can enjoy the convenience and benefits of Apple Watch even if they don’t have their own iPhone. 2 With any GPS + Cellular Apple Watch model, your child gets their own phone number and Apple ID. You can set it up and manage it using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Calls and messages

Talk about an easy way to connect.

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Kids can make and receive calls and texts with the contacts you approve virtually anywhere. They can even place calls and send text messages using just their voice. 1

Turn off notifications. Turn on learning.

Kids raising their hands in a classroom. They are wearing Apple Watches.

With Schooltime, notifications and apps are restricted during school hours. When it’s enabled, a distinctive yellow circle is displayed on the watch face that teachers and parents can easily recognize, signifying that access to apps is restricted and Do Not Disturb is turned on. For convenience, parents can also set the schedule on their iPhone so Apple Watch automatically goes into Schooltime during specific hours.

Find My people

Where’s Erica?

A kid memoji, sticking out of a map to indicate where she is.

See everyone’s location using the Find My app. And receive alerts when they arrive at their destination or get home. Parents can also get alerts when their child leaves a location, like school.

Adjustable. Colorful. Comfortable.

Apple Watch Bands

Small wrists? No big deal. The Apple Sport Band, Sport Loop, and Solo Loop fit all kinds of sizes. And they’re made with soft, lightweight materials — so they’re as easy to wear as they are fun to look at.

Built to be durable

Oops. Uh-oh. Doh!

With durable recycled metals in the case and crack resistant front crystal displays, Apple Watch is built to last and ready for whatever the day brings.

Water resistant

Makes a splash. Takes a splash.

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With a water resistance 50 meters rating, Apple Watch loves the pool as much as kids do. 3

Workouts that work for kids.

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Soccer. Jump Rope. Dance. There’s a ton of workouts on their wrist for whatever they have in mind. And workouts like Outdoor Walk, Outdoor Run, and Outdoor Cycle have been specifically tuned to give kids appropriate credit.

Activity Awards

It motivates. And celebrates.

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The Activity rings are tailored to kids, providing personalized suggestions to help them close their rings and provide them colorful animations when they do. They can also share their progress with friends and family for a little healthy competition.

Emergency SOS

Calls for help with the press of a button.

Rest easy knowing that with Emergency SOS, your child can quickly connect to emergency services. 4

Apple Music

Pack their tunes to go.

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Music, podcasts, and audiobooks can easily be synced to their watch. And with Apple Music, there are over 100 million songs to choose from. 5 So there’s no shortage of tracks to mix it up.

A wristful of fun and education.

Fun and educational apps from the App store.

With access to thousands of apps from the App Store, Apple Watch is the perfect personal device for learning and playing. From dictionaries to dominoes, apps are available with your approval using Ask to Buy. And Siri offers a helpful, safe way for kids to get their questions answered whenever they have them.

Allowance. Way less of a chore.

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Easily set up Apple Cash for anyone in your family under 18. 6 Securely send money for allowances, shopping, or just because. You can even set up recurring payments to keep allowances on a schedule.

Find My device

Lost? Found!

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Kids take their watches everywhere, which means they could be anywhere. Get help locating a misplaced device in the Find My app, which lets you track their watch at a glance, right on your iPhone or iPad. You can also play a sound to pinpoint its location.

Watch faces

From fun to funny.

Apple Watches with fun and funny faces on them.

Kids can match their moods and personalities with tons of watch faces to choose from. They can even customize it with complications tailored to whatever they’re into.

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Apple releases watchOS 11 public beta 1

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Today Apple has made watchOS 11 available in its first public beta. This beta provides the new software features coming this fall to Apple Watch without the lengthy wait.

Here are instructions for how to download the public beta, and an overview of the new features it includes.

Installing the watchOS 11 public beta

Before attempting to install the watchOS 11 public beta, you should make sure that your Apple Watch is compatible. Several Watch models that supported watchOS 10 will unfortunately not be able to run watchOS 11. Here is the compatible device list .

After ensuring your Watch is supported, one key thing you should know about installing the watchOS 11 public beta is that it requires you first install iOS 18. You cannot run the watchOS beta without your iPhone run the latest beta too.

After you’re running the iOS 18 beta, follow these steps to get watchOS 11 on your Apple Watch:

  • Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  • Tap ‘General’ then ‘Software Update’
  • Under ‘Beta Updates’ select the watchOS 11 beta
  • Your iPhone will then automatically recognize watchOS 11 as an available update

Note: Apple cautions against installing the public beta on any critical devices, as with any beta there may be bugs or other issues that affect your device.

Features in watchOS 11 public beta 1

watchOS 11 brings Live Activities to the Apple Watch

watchOS 11 focuses largely on health and fitness, but with a handful of other nice updates too.

Here are the feature highlights found in this beta release:

  • Live Activities as part of an upgraded Smart Stack
  • A new Vitals app for viewing your sleep data and insights
  • The Watch debut of Apple’s Translate app
  • Rest days and custom daily goals for your Activity rings
  • Training Load to track your fitness progress

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This incredible case turns your old Apple Watch into a modern-day iPod mini

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I currently use an Apple Watch Series 4 and I’m probably going to upgrade to whatever new watch Apple releases this fall . But rather than sell it for pennies on the dollar, I’ve been looking for something to do with the Series 4 besides stashing it in my drawer next to my original Apple Watch–after all, it works fine, it’s just missing some newer sensors and features. And I think I found a way to put it to good use.

The tinyPod is a case that essentially turns the Apple Watch into a standalone gadget that looks like, well, a tiny iPod. Pop an Apple Watch body into the silicone sleeve and your watch’s Digital Crown is transformed into a scroll wheel to navigate menus and messages. You still need to tap the Apple Watch screen to select something, but inside the tinyPod, a mechanism is designed to turn the Apple Watch Digital Crown as you use the scroll wheel. The case also has an opening on the back so the chargers can connect to the watch without removing it from the tinyPod case.

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The tinyPod website suggests that this device can be used instead of your iPhone for those times when you don’t need to carry the larger device. That’s entirely possible if you have a cellular-equipped Apple Watch, and you’re fine with using the watchOS’s methods for text input or its pre-programmed responses in apps like Messages. We assume you’ll need to turn off the Apple Watch passcode lest it locks every few minutes.

The tinyPod is compatible with 40/41 mm and 44/45 mm Series 4 or later Apple Watches, including the SE, and it is priced at $80. A version for the Apple Watch Ultra 1 and Ultra 2 is available for $90. The larger model will begin shipping this summer, while the smaller model won’t ship until fall. A tinyPod lite is also available that does not include a scroll wheel, for anyone who yearns for the iPod nano for $30 or $40 (Apple Watch Ultra).

When I filled out an order form, the tinyPod website indicated a “September-October” shipping timeline. That works for me because the next Apple Watch will ship around that time, but if you’re hoping to get a tinyPod as soon as possible, you might be disappointed. Speaking of shipping, it’s not included in the price of the tinyPod, and people have pointed out on X that the shipping can be expensive. For me, it was $9.90 to ship it to San Francisco.

Author: Roman Loyola , Senior Editor, Macworld

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OnePlus Unveils Pad 2 with Dolby Vision, Watch 2R, Nord Buds 3 Pro

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OnePlus just held its Summer Launch Event , which took place in Milan, Italy. The company officially unveiled details about its Pad 2, Watch 2R and Nord Buds 3 Pro.

Pad 2 Tablet

OnePlus has unveiled its Pad 2 in North America, including Canada. This second-generation tablet features a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 platform, a 12.1-inch 3K display, and six stereo speakers. At a media briefing, OnePlus emphasized productivity and entertainment as the priorities for Pad 2.

Accompanied by the OnePlus Stylo 2 and OnePlus Smart Keyboard, it offers a smooth workflow and immersive entertainment. “The OnePlus Pad 2 is built for unparalleled productivity, stress-free office work, and immersive multimedia experiences,” said Kinder Liu, President and COO of OnePlus, in an issued statement to iPhone in Canada.

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The OnePlus Pad 2, priced at $749.99 in Canada ($100 more than the original Pad, but with substantial upgrades), is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 platform, along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The tablet supports seamless app switching and fast NFC file transfer when paired with the OnePlus Smart Keyboard.

Its 12.1-inch display, with a 3K resolution (higher than even Apple’s iPad Pro) and Dolby Vision (900 nits max brightness; 301 ppi), provides vibrant visuals, while six speakers deliver hi-resolution spatial audio. OnePlus says this is the first Android tablet to have Dolby Vision and 3K resolution. The tablet also boasts a 9,510mAh battery with 67W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge, ensuring long battery life and quick charging.

The Stylo 2 and Pad 2 Smart Keyboard are priced at $149.99 CAD and $199.99 CAD, respectively. The Folio Case 2 will be priced at $59.99 CAD. All products will be available from July 30 on OnePlus.com, with Amazon.ca availability in August.

OnePlus is offer a “Less is More Bundle” from July 16 to July 30 for the Pad 2. This bundle starts at $694.99 for the Pad 2 and all official accessories, offering up to $464.99 CAD in savings. This bundle includes the OnePlus Pad 2, Stylo 2, Smart Keyboard, and Folio Case 2.

Oneplus watch 2R

OnePlus has unveiled the OnePlus Watch 2R, a new addition to its smartwatch lineup, designed to offer powerful performance in a lighter body (aluminum alloy instead of stainless steel, resulting in a huge price drop). The Watch 2R carries forward the advanced features of the OnePlus Watch 2 , including up to 100-hour battery life and Wear OS by Google (Wear OS 4). This is basically a more affordable version of the Watch 2, but in aluminum.

It is powered by a Dual-Engine Architecture with the Snapdragon W5 performance chipset and the BES 2700 MCU Efficiency chipset, allowing for efficient management of tasks and extended battery life. “The OnePlus Watch 2R is designed to bring the flagship smartwatch experience to more users, inspiring an active lifestyle,” said Justin Liu, General Manager of the Wearable Business Unit at OnePlus.

The OnePlus Watch 2R includes comprehensive fitness and wellness tracking with the upgraded OHealth app, offering over 100 sports tracking modes and advanced sleep analysis. It features dual-frequency GPS for accurate location tracking and 7.5W VOOC Fast Charging for quick power-ups.

The watch supports popular Google apps like Assistant, Maps, Wallet, and Calendar, and offers seamless connectivity with Fast Pair. Available in Forest Green and Gunmetal Gray, the OnePlus Watch 2R is priced at $299.99 CAD ($100 cheaper than the Watch 2) and will be available for purchase starting July 16 in Canada on OnePlus.com and Amazon.ca .

As part of the Open Sale Promotions from July 16 to July 28, customers can get $30 CAD off their purchase. Also, there is a 30% discount with the purchase of a OnePlus Pad 2, and a 30% discount on the Watch 2R with the purchase of a OnePlus Open, OnePlus 12, or OnePlus 12R. Other offers include 50% off on the Watch 2R Strap and 50% off on the Watch 2R Charging Base.

Nord Buds 3 Pro

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OnePlus has also shared details about the new Nord Buds 3 Pro, the third generation of its mid-range True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds. These earbuds feature hybrid adaptive noise cancellation (ANC) that covers a wide frequency range, ensuring a quiet listening experience.

The Nord Buds 3 Pro also offers powerful bass and studio-grade audio, thanks to its large driver and BassWaveTM 2.0 technology. With up to 44 hours of battery life and Bluetooth 5.4 connectivity, users can enjoy an uninterrupted experience.

“Earbuds have become a staple of everyday life, but it’s their noise-cancelling capabilities and audio quality that truly set them apart,” said Kinder Liu, President and COO of OnePlus. “The latest OnePlus Nord Buds 3 Pro is designed for young, tech-savvy users seeking an affordable flagship killer with solid noise cancellation and rich bass to complement their active lifestyle.”

The Nord Buds 3 Pro provides up to 49dB noise reduction, certified by TÜV Rheinland for high-performance noise cancellation. It features Smart Noise Cancellation, which adjusts to ambient sounds, and Crystal Clear Call technology, enhanced by a triple-microphone setup. Transparency Mode allows users to hear their surroundings without pausing their music.

The 12.4mm titanized driver delivers deep bass and rich audio, complemented by BassWaveTM 2.0 and Master EQ with three modes. The earbuds offer up to 12 hours of playback on a single charge and 44 hours with the charging case.

The Nord Buds 3 Pro, available in Starry Black and Soft Jade, will be priced at $199.99 CAD and available for purchase starting July 16 in Canada on OnePlus.com and Amazon.ca.

As part of the Open Sale Promotion from July 16 to July 28, customers can get $34 CAD off their purchase. Additionally, there is a 50% discount with the purchase of a OnePlus Pad 2, and a 50% discount on the Nord Buds 3 Pro with the purchase of a OnePlus Open, OnePlus 12, or OnePlus 12R.

Check out a replay of the OnePlus Summer Launch Event below:

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