Surf the web from your wrist
Apple Watch has access to a web browser, but the company doesn’t tell you how to find it or the three ways to start surfing from your wrist.
A lesser known apple watch allows you to surf the web and even use search engines. Despite being so small, Apple’s wearable is powerful enough to include a web browser, although it’s not directly accessible as a separate app. While reading on such a small screen isn’t exactly ideal, it can be really handy when you’re wearing an Apple Watch with cellular capability and your iPhone isn’t as easily accessible.
The Apple Watch is a very capable smartwatch. Although an iPhone is required to set it up the first time, many features of the watch can be used separately. If you’re using a cellular model, it’s possible to make calls, send texts, and receive notifications, even if the paired iPhone is left behind. It makes running, biking and swimming more enjoyable and frees the wearer from keeping track of their iPhone.
Apple even created a small web browser for the Apple Watch, but it cannot be found in the app list. Instead, it appears when needed if a link is selected. There are at least three easy ways to open the hidden Apple Watch browser, using Siri, Messages, and Mail. The trick is to make a link appear on the screen. After a Siri search, a list of web results will appear and tapping one of the links in 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, then “Web View” will display the page more like it appears on the iPhone. Back, Forward and Reload buttons are also revealed by tapping on the address bar.
More Ways to Open Apple Watch Browser
Tapping a link from an email or message also opens the page in the Apple Watch browser. A lot of links can be sent to serve as start pages, like Bing, DuckDuckGo or other search engines. Google’s search engine does not work because the button that launches the search is replaced by an “X” to erase the text if desired. And, unfortunately, there is no way to continue after entering keywords. It is also possible to directly tap a link on the watch using Messages and after sending, users can tap that link to open it on the Apple Watch.
There are also a few third-party browser apps, but the selection is limited and some aren’t rated highly. Parity seems to be the best third-party browser for the Apple Watch, but even it has a fair share of issues. At the time of publication, Parity has a 3.8-star rating and hasn’t been updated in over a year. Although the built-in browser may be difficult to access, it is likely to be the most reliable solution and may take advantage of features that third-party developers may not be able to use.
Apple might have kept the browser as an indirect app because the Apple Watch didn’t have an on-screen keyboard in the first seven models. The Apple Watch Series 7 is the first to include a keyboard and also has a significantly larger screen. Apple has yet to show any interest in making the web browser more accessible despite these changes, but who knows if/when that will change later. For now, the AppleWatch the hidden web browser can only be opened via Siri, Messages and Mail.
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