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How to use audio enhancements on your Apple Watch

If you or a loved one have trouble hearing, whether permanently or for a short time, take advantage of the Accessibility and touch features on Apple Watch.

With taps on your wrist, adjustments for earphones, and alternatives to dictation, your Watch can be just as wonderful with touch as it is with sound.

Apple Watch audio enhancement features

Here’s what we’ll cover in this article…
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Taptic Time and Haptic Alerts


1.1)
Enable Taptic Time


1.1.1)
Enable Taptic Time on iPhone

1.1.2)
Enable Taptic Time on Apple Watch

1.2)
Enable Haptic Alerts


1.2.1)
Enable Haptic Alerts on iPhone

1.2.2)
Enable Haptic Alerts on Apple Watch

2)
Mono Audio


2.1)
Enable Mono Audio on iPhone

2.2)
Enable Mono Audio on Apple Watch

3)
RTT (Real-Time Text)

4)
Scribble text messages

Taptic Time and Haptic Alerts

Using the Taptic Engine, you can receive taps for the time and alerts on your Watch. And with the flexibility offered, you can configure how you want to receive those taps.

Enable Taptic Time

You can turn on the Taptic Time feature in the Watch app on your iPhone or Settings on your Apple Watch.

Enable Taptic Time on iPhone

1) Open the Watch app and select the My Watch tab.

2) Scroll down and pick Clock.

3) Tap Taptic Time and enable the toggle.

4) Choose from Digits, Terse, or Morse Code for the feel. You’ll see a brief description how Taptic Time will work with each option.

Taptic Time Digits Watch on iPhone

To adjust the Taptic Time speed, open the Watch app and go to My Watch > Accessibility > Taptic Time Speed.

Enable Taptic Time on Apple Watch

1) Open Settings on your Apple Watch and select Clock.

2) Tap Taptic Time and enable the toggle.

3) Choose from Digits, Terse, or Morse Code.

Taptic Time Digits on Apple Watch

To adjust the Taptic Time speed, go to Settings > Accessibility > Taptic Time Speed.

To test out the Taptic Time option you pick, tap and hold your Watch face with two fingers. Note: If you have Speak Time enabled in the Clock settings, you will hear the time announced rather than feel the taps on your wrist.

Enable Haptic Alerts

Like with Taptic Time, you can enable Haptic Alerts on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Enable Haptic Alerts on iPhone

1) Open the Watch app and select the My Watch tab.

2) Pick Sounds & Haptics.

3) Turn on the toggle for Haptic Alerts and choose from the Default or pick Prominent Alerts for pre-announced alerts.

4) Optionally, you can enable the toggle for Crown Haptics which taps your wrist as you rotate the Digital Crown.

Haptic Alerts Default in Watch on iPhone

Enable Haptic Alerts on Apple Watch

1) Open Settings on your Apple Watch and select Sounds & Haptics.

2) Turn on the toggle for Haptic Alerts and choose from the Default or Prominent Alerts.

3) Optionally, enable the toggle for Crown Haptics.

Haptic Alerts Default on Apple Watch

Mono Audio

If it’s only with one ear that you have trouble hearing, Mono Audio is a good setting to use. Instead of balancing your earphone sound between each ear, this plays the audio on one side or the other.

Enable Mono Audio on iPhone

1) Open the Watch app and select the My Watch tab.

2) Select Accessibility.

3) Turn on the toggle for Mono Audio.

4) Use the slider beneath the toggle to adjust the volume balance between the left and right.

Mono Audio in Watch on iPhone

Enable Mono Audio on Apple Watch

1) Open Settings on your Apple Watch and select Accessibility.

2) Turn on the toggle for Mono Audio.

3) Use the slider to adjust the balance between the left and right.

Mono Audio On Apple Watch

RTT (Real-Time Text)

If you’re carrier supports RTT, you can enable it for your Apple Watch (cellular models). You can turn on  this feature and adjust its settings on your iPhone.

1) Open the Watch app and select the My Watch tab.

2) Select Accessibility.

3) Tap RTT and enable the toggle.

4) Adjust the settings below the toggle for your Relay Number, to Send Immediately, and to configure Default Replies.

RTT in Watch on iPhone

Scribble text messages

If you’re unable to use dictation for Message on your Apple Watch, Scribble is a handy feature for writing your texts.

1) Open the conversation and tap the Scribble icon.

2) Then, use one finger to write out your message. You can use the Space and Backspace buttons if necessary.

3) Tap Send on the top right when you’re ready to pass along your text message.

Scribble Messages on Apple Watch

Wrapping it up

Audio or visual impairments don’t have to keep you from enjoying all that Apple Watch has to offer. And some of these features are convenient for most anyone!

What Apple Watch tips do you want to share with others who have trouble hearing?

For more, take a look at how to use visual enhancements on your Apple Watch.

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