Apple is bringing back the swipe gesture to change watch faces on the Apple Watch. In the third beta of watchOS 10.2, the feature that disappeared with watchOS 10 can be enabled again. To change the watch face, you have to swipe from edge to edge. This is possible both left and right.
This return was not reported by Apple itself, but was discovered by a user. Who reported this on X/Twitter. Canceling the swipe gesture as a quick way to change the watch face has been criticized by many users. Since watchOS 10, you first have to tap the screen using a long press instead. Only then can the change be made with a swipe or by rotating the Digital Crown.
Return as new setting
The change to watchOS 10 was one of a number of changes, some of which were publicly welcomed, while others were not well received. Unlike before watchOS 10, the swipe gesture is not turned on by default in the beta. It can be activated in the settings in the “Clock” sub-item using the toggle button. This decision will please those who criticized this feature, as some users sometimes accidentally switched watch faces.
Of course, it’s still possible that Apple will remove the swipe gesture during the beta phase. The final version of watchOS 10.2 is expected to be released alongside iOS 17.2. This update, which includes the Journal app announced at WWDC, the ability to record spatial video and new Apple Music features, is expected to be released in December.
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