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Question: Basic questions about Apple Watch from a new user

I finally broke down and bought an Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (I also have an iPhone 6+). I have a few basic questions:


1) how do I make a main screen with just the apps I use? Right now there are a lot and most of them I don't need on the front page.


2) is there a basic set of instructions somewhere with the available choices of swiping, pressing the buttons, etc. to get to the various screens?


3) is there a simple way to silence the phone completely (no chimes, calls, etc.) for meetings etc.?


4) make phone calls directly from watch - it seems to only work 1/3 of the time, even in the same locations. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it seems to be calling but nothing is happening, and other times it says it can't make the call. Is this supposed to be reliably working?


5) how do I see health my health stats - is it keeping a record of the activity and heart rate etc. over time that I can see on my computer?


6) does it keep sleep stats - like movement or anything else about quality of sleep - is that something I can access?


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Apple Watch Series 3, iOS 11.1

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Nov 14, 2017 2:38 AM in response to Michael Levin In response to Michael Levin

1. Apple Watch has a single Home screen.


Follow the instructions here to remove unwanted third-party apps and to turn off Automatic App Install:


Use apps on your Apple Watch - Apple Support


Follow the instructions here to remove unwanted built-in apps from your iPhone and Apple Watch:


Delete built-in Apple apps on your iOS 11 device or Apple Watch - Apple Support


2. Basic usage instructions are detailed here:


A quick look at Apple Watch


3. Options for silencing your Apple Watch include Do Not Disturb Mode and Silent Mode, as detailed here:


Adjust brightness, text size, sounds, and haptics


4. Follow the instructions here to make a phone call:


Make phone calls


Functions that are available on your Apple Watch when it is away from your iPhone depend on various factors including:



Features and requirements that apply under various circumstances are detailed here, including within the footnotes:


How to use your Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby - Apple Support


5. Apple does not offer a companion Activity or Health app for computers or an online dashboard for Activity, Health or Workout data.


Activity and Health data can be reviewed via the companion Activity app on your paired iPhone and via the Health app, which combines data from Apple Watch, iPhone and any other sources that share data to the app:



6. The built-in apps on Apple Watch (any model) do not currently include sleep tracking features.


Various third-party apps offer sleep tracking features, some requiring a third-party accessory.


Examples of apps and accessories that you may wish to consider include:



You may also find the following of interest for use on your iPhone:



If you would like to submit any feature requests to Apple, then you can do so here:


Feedback - Apple Watch - Apple

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Nov 14, 2017 2:38 AM in response to Michael Levin In response to Michael Levin

1. Apple Watch has a single Home screen.


Follow the instructions here to remove unwanted third-party apps and to turn off Automatic App Install:


Use apps on your Apple Watch - Apple Support


Follow the instructions here to remove unwanted built-in apps from your iPhone and Apple Watch:


Delete built-in Apple apps on your iOS 11 device or Apple Watch - Apple Support


2. Basic usage instructions are detailed here:


A quick look at Apple Watch


3. Options for silencing your Apple Watch include Do Not Disturb Mode and Silent Mode, as detailed here:


Adjust brightness, text size, sounds, and haptics


4. Follow the instructions here to make a phone call:


Make phone calls


Functions that are available on your Apple Watch when it is away from your iPhone depend on various factors including:



Features and requirements that apply under various circumstances are detailed here, including within the footnotes:


How to use your Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby - Apple Support


5. Apple does not offer a companion Activity or Health app for computers or an online dashboard for Activity, Health or Workout data.


Activity and Health data can be reviewed via the companion Activity app on your paired iPhone and via the Health app, which combines data from Apple Watch, iPhone and any other sources that share data to the app:



6. The built-in apps on Apple Watch (any model) do not currently include sleep tracking features.


Various third-party apps offer sleep tracking features, some requiring a third-party accessory.


Examples of apps and accessories that you may wish to consider include:



You may also find the following of interest for use on your iPhone:



If you would like to submit any feature requests to Apple, then you can do so here:


Feedback - Apple Watch - Apple

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Nov 14, 2017 2:59 AM in response to Jonathan UK In response to Jonathan UK

> Delete built-in Apple apps on your iOS 11 device or Apple Watch - Apple Support


I'm not sure I understand: how do I delete a built-in app (Stocks for example) from the watch but not from the iPhone?


> 4. Follow the instructions here to make a phone call:


I can make calls; my problem is that they only seem to go through about a third of the time - sometimes it starts to call and it just sits there (nothing happens) and sometimes it says it can't complete the call. This variety of outcomes happens at the same location, with strong Verizon signal.

Nov 14, 2017 2:59 AM

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Nov 14, 2017 3:01 AM in response to Michael Levin In response to Michael Levin

It is not possible to delete a built-in app only from your Apple Watch.


In respect of the issue with calls, I suggest that you contact your carrier in the first instance.


If the issue persists, then, depending on your carrier's advice, I suggest that you next contact Apple Support (remote diagnostics and/or mail-in service may be available, if required), make a Genius Bar reservation or visit an Apple Authorised Service Provider for assistance:


Nov 14, 2017 3:01 AM

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