The Apple Watch has become an invaluable and irreplaceable tool in the iPhone owners arsenal. Not only is it great at tracking your sleep or workouts, but it is a fantastic tool to triage your notifications. Instead of needing to check your phone every time it buzzes, your wrist now buzzes instead and you can either check it quickly or ignore it until later.
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But what about those times when you don’t happen to check a message as soon as it arrives? Did your Mom text you about dinner? What time did she send that message? Did you miss your window to respond?
How to check when a message arrived on your Apple Watch
There can be a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) involved with messages and notifications arriving on your Watch. You don’t want to miss that important email, or that message from your friends to hit up Happy Hour after work.
But if you are in the middle of doing something else, you’ll still end up missing a message that comes through. For those time-sensitive situations, Apple makes it easy to check when a message was delivered directly from your Watch.
Here are the steps to check the time that a message arrived:
- Press the crown on the side of your Watch to reveal your apps
- Find the Messages app and open it
- Scroll and find the message that you need
There are two ways that you can tell from Watch’s Messages app when a message arrived. First, scroll down from the top of the message and there is a timestamp with the time and day of the week. Secondly, swipe in from the right on the message and the time of the message appears.
Scrolling from the right side of the screen is the same way that you perform the same task from the Messages app on your iPhone. So it makes perfect sense for Apple to integrate this functionality into the Watch app.
What about other notifications on Apple Watch?
So it’s all fine and dandy to be able to check when your text messages were received, but what about other notifications? This process is much easier, provided that you haven’t accidentally silenced or removed any notifications.
All you have to do is raise your Watch so that the face lights up, and swipe down from the top. This will reveal all of the notifications which have arrived and there is a small timestamp below the primary notification. This way you will be able to triage your notifications and respond to the more urgent ones based on when they arrived.
The Apple Watch is such a fabulous device, it has turned into Apple’s biggest product since the launch of the iPhone. If you walk down the street or through your local stores, you will see so many people wearing them, regardless of what iPhone they own.
We don’t know how, but we are hoping Apple can surprise everyone this Fall with the rumored Apple Watch Series 5. We’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime let us know if you have any questions about the Apple Watch and we’ll be sure to help you out!
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.