How to use Taptic Time on Apple Watch: A detailed guide

How to use Taptic Time on Apple Watch

With the watchOS 6 update, Taptic Time on Apple Watch became a part of the Sounds & Haptics section and made it possible to know the time without looking at the watch.

Once you activate it, a variant length of haptic taps will notify you about the current time. Moreover, you can select the patterns of the distinct haptic feedback you will receive, from hourly long taps to Morse code taps.

It is helpful not only for visually challenged but also for power users who are always busy or on the move.

Let me tell you what is Taptic Time on Apple Watch and how to use it.

What is Taptic Time on Apple Watch?

Apple’s Taptic Engine featuring vibratory motor offers innovative ways of marking time with vibrations (or taps) with watchOS 6, called Taptic Time. This enables you to feel time in silent mode through haptic feedback. Fascinating, isn’t it?

After enabling it, you have three options – Digits, Terse, Morse Code. Let me tell you more about each before advancing to enabling it and understanding Taptic Chimes.

Digits

If you select this, the Apple Watch will feature:

  • a long tap for every 10 hours
  • short quick taps for every subsequent hour
  • long taps for every 10 minutes
  • short quick taps for every subsequent minute.

For example:

If the time is 11:24 AM, there will be one long tap that signifies 10 hours, one short quick tap that signifies 1 hour. This equates to 10+1 = 11 hours.

Now, there will be a short break followed by two long taps signifying 10+10 = 20 minutes. Next, there will be four quick taps signifying 4 minutes. It totals to 20+4 = 24 minutes.

Terse

The principle behind this is the same as Digits. The only difference is that if you select Terse, there will be:

  • long taps for every five hours.
  • short, quick taps for the remaining hours followed by a break.
  • long taps for every quarter-hour.

For example:

If the time is 11:24 AM, two long taps signify 5+5 = 10 hours. One short, quick tap signifies the next one hour. This totals to 5+5+1 = 11.

Then there will be a short break. After that, one long tap signifies one quarter. If the time is 11:30, you will feel two long taps signifying 15 + 15 = 30 minutes.

Morse Code

If you select this, your Apple Watch will tap each digit of the time in Morse code.

How to enable Taptic Time on Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown to see all your watch apps. From here, open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Clock.

    Open Apple Watch Settings and tap Clock
  3. Tap Taptic Time.
  4. Switch on Taptic Time and choose one of the options – Digits, Terse, Morse Code.
  5. Press the Digital Crown to reach the watch face. Now, long-press the watch face with two fingers to know the time via vibrations.

    Tap Taptic Time enable it and choose one option

Alternative Method: Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch. Next, tap Clock β†’ Taptic Time.

And voila! Now, you can feel time on your Apple Watch when it is in silent mode without having to hear or look at it.

What’s more? With watchOS 6, Apple also introduced another Taptic Time feature that allows you to set hourly chimes on Apple Watch. Let’s learn more about it.

What is Taptic Chime on Apple Watch and how to use it?

Taptic Chime allows you to stay in tune with the time in a more fun way. Besides setting an hourly chime, you can also select to get alerts every 15 or 30 minutes. I use this feature as a reminder for drinking water every 30 minutes, which I almost always forget to juggle multiple tasks.

To enable and use it, follow the below steps.

  1. Go to Settings on Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Accessibility β†’ Chimes. Toggle it on.
  3. Tap Schedule and choose the alert time – Hourly, 30 minutes, or 15 minutes.
  4. Go back and tap Sounds to choose either Bells or Birds.

    In Apple Watch Accessibility Settings tap Chimes and enable it

Alternative Method: Open the Watch app on your iPhone and follow the above steps from #2.

If you are unable to access Taptic Time, learn the possible problems.

What to do if Taptic Time is not working on Apple Watch?

Turn on Haptic Feedback

One reason for Taptic Time not working on your Apple Watch could be that Haptic Feedback is disabled. Here’s how you can enable it:

  1. Go to Settings on Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Sound & Haptics.
  3. Switch on Haptic Alerts.
  4. Now, long-press with two fingers on the watch face and Taptic Time should work.

    In watch Settings Tap Sounds and Haptics and enable Haptic Alerts

Disable Speak Time

In addition to telling you the time via vibrations, you can have Apple Watch announce time by long-pressing the watch screen with two fingers. But when this feature is enabled, Taptic Time won’t work. Here is how to disable Speak Time.

  1. Go to Settings on Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Clock.
  3. Switch off Speak Time.
  4. Or, set it to Control With Silent Mode.

    In Apple Watch Settings turn off Speak Time or set it to Control With Silent Mode

If you choose this option, Taptic Time will work when you long-press with two fingers on the watch face if the watch is in silent mode. But when the watch is in normal mode, the two-finger long-press on the watch face will speak the current time. Best of both worlds! 🀲

I hope the above guide helped you use Taptic Time on Apple Watch seamlessly.

FAQs of Taptic Time

Q. What is taptic time speed on Apple Watch?

Taptic Time speed on Apple Watch is the intensity of vibration you feel when you use Taptic Time. You can customize it by opening the watch Settings app β†’ Accessibility β†’ change TAPTIC TIME SPEED.

In Apple Watch Accessibility Settings change Taptic Time Speed

Q. How do I get my Apple Watch to announce time?

Apple Watch can announce time if you enable the feature known as ‘Speak Time.’ For this, open watch Settings β†’ Clock β†’ enable Speak Time. Now, long-press the watch face with two fingers to hear the current time.

Q. Can I make my Apple Watch chime every hour?

Yes. To make Apple Watch chime every hour, open the watch Settings β†’ Accessibility β†’ Chimes β†’ enable Chimes β†’ tap Schedule β†’ choose Hourly.

Q. How do I make my Apple Watch vibrate harder?

To make the Apple Watch vibrate harder, open its Settings β†’ Sounds & Haptics β†’ ensure Haptic Alerts is enabled β†’ choose Prominent.

Q. What are quick ways to know time on Apple Watch?

You can raise your wrist to see the time or summon Siri on Apple Watch and say, ‘What is the time?’ Additionally, you can hear the time by enabling Speak Time or feel it on your wrist by enabling Taptic Time.

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