Everything you can do with the double tap gesture on Apple Watch

With the watchOS 10.1 update that came out today, Apple added Double Tap to the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 devices. Double Tap was announced when the new models were introduced, but it took some time for Apple to implement it. With Double Tap you can activate some Apple Watch functions with just one hand.


To use Double Tap, you need to tap your thumb and index finger twice, and when you do, you’ll see a small icon on your Apple Watch letting you know that your tap was recognized. Double Tap uses the Apple Watch’s sensors to detect tiny movements and blood flow when your fingers are positioned a certain way.

Apple Watch Ultra Green Double Tap Feature
There are several things you can do with Double Tap and Apple has made it work with some of the most common actions you might need to perform with one hand.

  • Open Smart Stack from the watch face, and then double-tap again to scroll through the widgets.
  • Answer phone calls or FaceTime.
  • Hang up on phone calls or ‌FaceTime‌.
  • When you receive an iMessage, double-tap to view it, then double-tap again if you need to scroll.
  • Reply to a message using dictation, then send it with a double tap.
  • Act on notifications: Apple says that a double tap on an incoming notification will trigger the main action, such as snoozing a reminder or replying to a message.
  • Pause, resume, and end a stopwatch.
  • Stop and restart the stopwatch.
  • Snooze an alarm.
  • Play and pause music, podcasts, or audiobooks (or skip a track, depending on settings).
  • Switch to elevation view in the Compass app.
  • Start or stop automatic workout reminders when a workout is detected.
  • Take a photo with the camera remote control.
  • Record a voice memo in the Voice Memo app.
  • Change flashlight modes.

In the Apple Watch app in Gestures, you can choose to change the playback option from play/pause to skip, and the Smart Stack option from Forward (switches between widgets) to Select (opens the app associated with a widget).

While Double Tap can be used with third-party apps via incoming notifications, there is currently no Double Tap API for third-party apps. Developers can still customize their apps for Double Tap to some extent by assigning the action that should occur when a Double Tap gesture is used on an incoming notification.

Double Tap is limited to the ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ and the ‌Apple Watch Ultra 2‌ because, as Apple executives said in a recent interview with Tom’s GuideThe S9 chip in the new models is the first powerful enough for the gesture system.

To use Double Tap, ‌Apple Watch Ultra 2‌ and ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ owners will need to update their devices to watchOS 10.1 through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone. watchOS 10.1 requires an ‌iPhone‌ running iOS 17 or later.

Please note that Double Tap will not work when Low Power Mode, Sleep Focus, Theater Mode, or Water Lock are on, and you must first raise your wrist to wake Apple Watch and perform the gesture. Double Tap also does not work on watches that are paired as a family setup watch.

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