Thanks to the introduction of WebKit API, you can access the Web on Apple Watch running watchOS 5. Before you start thinking of full-fledged browsing experience, let me tell you that currently, it’s very limited in functionality.
As there is no web browser, the process is a tad less straightforward. Besides, not many sites support the watchOS as yet. Another downside is that it can drain the battery of the smartwatch really fast. So, if you want to experience the web browsing on the Apple Watch, you gonna have to keep these stuff in mind.
Anyway, you want to take the Internet for a spin on your watch? Let me show you how it works!
How to Browse the Web on Apple Watch Running watchOS 5
Step #1. First off, open the web browser on your paired iPhone (or another iDevice) and head over to the site you wish to visit on the watch.
Step #2. Now, copy the link and send it to yourself using iMessage.
Step #3. Next, you will receive an alert on your smartwatch. Tap on the link. A web view will open up on the screen.
Now, go ahead and browse the web on your watch! Don’t expect the web pages to load fast. If you are using Apple Watch Series 1 and 2, the loading up of the pages may take plenty of time. Even the Series 3 won’t offer you a speedy web browsing experience.
There are a couple of things worth noting. The watchOS takes advantage of the Safari reader mode to offer a clean interface of the web page. Once the page you are trying to visit has loaded up, the watch alerts you with a tap so that you get into action without any delay.
That’s pretty much it!
Even though the web browsing is in its nascent stage and requires plenty of course correction, I’m glad about the arrival of the Internet on the watch. It seems to be a step in the right direction. What do you think of this feature and share your thoughts about watchOS 5?
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