Users of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 can now utilize the standout feature promoted at launch, Double Tap, or tapping the screen twice, to navigate their Apple Watch without having to tap on the screen. This feature is available in the watchOS 10.1 update, which was released alongside other updates to Apple’s operating systems today.
To use Double Tap, users can simply tap their thumb and index finger twice in quick succession on the hand wearing the Apple Watch, allowing them to perform commands such as tapping, swiping, or other actions. Furthermore, additional settings can be configured for playing music and accessing app lists in the Smart Stack.
Apple clarifies that Double Tap does not support several core watchOS apps, including ECG, Heart Rate, Blood Oxygen, Sleep Focus, Walkie-Talkie, Maps during navigation, Mindfulness during usage, SOS features (Emergency SOS, Fall Detection, Crash Detection), and during workout sessions. This limitation is due to the potential occurrence of unintended finger taps that may interfere with the functionality of these app categories.
Additionally, Apple has added support information and basic troubleshooting steps on the support page if users encounter difficulties using Double Tap. Various reasons may cause this issue, such as the watch being locked, paired with a family member’s watch, engaged in activities like climbing stairs or cycling, or having tattoos on the wrist. For more details, please refer to the source links from Apple and 9to5Mac below.
TLDR: Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 users can now use the Double Tap feature in the latest watchOS update to navigate their devices without physically tapping the screen. However, certain built-in apps are not compatible with Double Tap due to potential interference from unintended finger taps. Apple has provided support information and troubleshooting steps for users experiencing issues with this feature.