How To Use All New Features On WatchOS 5

First released in June, watchOS 5 brought a number of great features to Apple Watch Series, such as Walkie-Talkie, Activity Competitions, Podcasts, etc. It also includes an expanded Siri watch face as well as four new watch faces. In this post, let’s find out the new features on WatchOS 5 and how to use them on your Watch.


WatchOS 5 requires one of the following Apple Watch models and iPhone 5S or later model.

  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4

Note that the update is not compatible with the Apple Watch first-generation. Additionally, WatchOS 5 requires your iPhone to run on iOS 12 version, so make sure to update your iPhone/iPad before getting started with watchOS 5.

How to Use New WatchOS 5 Features

The most significant new features on WatchOS 5 include Walkie-Talkie, Activity Competitions, and Podcasts. Let’s dive into each one.



The new Walkie-Talkie comes with a new way of communication from your Apple Watch. Like a traditional Walkie-Talkie, with this feature, you can use press-to-talk communication with your friends and family members. Follow the below steps to use this feature:

1) Tap on Walkie-Talkie icon on your watch.

2) In the app, there is a scrollable list of your contacts. Simply choose a contact to request Walkie-Talkie access. Your connection requires watchOS 5 to be installed on their watch for communication as well.

Your recipient will be offered a request to communicate with you through Walkie-Talkie. Choices are Always Allow or Dismiss. When the recipient allows access, it means you can start using the Walkie-Talkie feature.

3) Now, hold your finger on a contact card to communicate. Remove your finger when it’s done.

4) Wait for the response from your recipient.

Activity competitions

With Activity competitions on WatchOS 5, you will have Move contests with other Watch users to win awards. First of all, you must already share information with the user. You can start a challenge on your watch or using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone/iPad. To do so

On your Apple Watch:

1) Launch the Activity app and tap on Sharing.

2) Choose the contact for competition.

3) Scroll down and tap on Compete.

4) Choose Invite button.

On your iPhone:

1) From the Activity app, tap on Sharing button.

2) Select the contact for competition.

3) Tap on “Compete with …” and choose Invite.

After your friend accepts your invitation, the competition will start the next day.

Podcasts app

WatchOS 5 is the first watchOS version that Apple brings the official Podcasts app to Apple Watch devices. Simply open the app on your Watch and it will instruct you how to enjoy the new tool.

Updated watchOS 5 features

WatchOS 5 also has updated features such as student ID cards, improved notifications, providing for WebKit support, automatic workouts and new workouts & advanced running tools.

Student ID cards

The new watchOS version also comes with a student ID card feature, which allows you to easily access your gym, library events just with Apple Watch. All you need is to add your official student ID card to Wallet on your iOS device. After that, simply hold your Apple Watch near a campus reader.  According to the Apple, the student ID feature will be available at the US universities like Alabama, Duke, John Hopkins, and others.

Improved notifications

It’s now much easier and more interactive when you receive notifications on your WatchOS 5. For example, you can now see multiple notifications just with a single glance. You only scroll less while still viewing more.

With the help of WebKit support, there is also an optimized version of a webpage when you receive a message with a website link. All you need is to tap on it and see the page on the small screen. You can also delete website data with ease directly from your wearable device.

Furthermore, the improved notifications come with Schedule Do Not Disturb, which lets you disable notifications for one hour, or until you reach a certain location.

Also see: Know how you can turn off Breathe reminders on the Apple Watch with WatchOS 3

Automatic workouts

You started a workout but forgot to tell your Apple Watch, don’t worry as your Apple Watch cam automatically detect which exercise you are doing and asks you if you want to start the Workout app. There is also an option for you to change the workout type, and you will also be given credit for exercise that you have already done.

If you would not like your Apple Watch automatically to detect your exercise, you can turn it off with ease.

New Workouts/Advanced Running tools


You can now keep track of your yoga sessions and hiking with watchOS 5. The new update has added advanced running tools, including cadencepace alerts, and rolling miles. Open each tool and discover yourself.

New, updated watch faces

In WatchOS 5, there are four new watch faces reaching Apple Watch Series, including Fire, Water, Vapor, and Liquid Metal.

All of these new watch faces are functional and can move as you turn your wrists. These faces on the Apple Watch Series 4 will be possible to take up the whole screen. But on the older models, the action will be limited to a circle in the middle of the screen.

There is also an updated Siri watch face in this version. The face has expanded its capabilities over itself in watchOS4. The Siri Watch face will use the machine to determine the content showing on the face.

Additionally, you can also adjust the type of information displaying on the Siri Watch face by editing the data sources via the Watch app on your iPhone/iPad. There is an option to change the Siri color for the face and decide which two complications will display at the top left and right. You can easily manage and customize Watch faces directly on your wearable device or through the Watch app on the connected iPhone.

That’s how to use all new WatchOS 5 features on your wearable device. Let’s know in the comment below if you have any question.

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