On Tuesday, the company launched the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 alongside the iPhone 15 series of smartphones at its September event. While Apple isn’t rolling out major health measurement-related improvements this year, the company says it supports a new double-tap gesture that will allow users to perform certain actions on its latest smartwatch models. These include stopping the timer, snoozing the alarm, or pausing the music. However, you can also use the same gesture on some Samsung Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch models.

Both Apple and Samsung offer different features that allow users to perform certain tasks using some gestures. On compatible Galaxy Watch models, it’s called Universal Gesture, as shown by 9to5Google point out, and on the Apple Watch, the feature is called AssistiveTouch. Both features are available on the latest smartwatch models from both companies and require the use of newer wearable software.

You can use these finger- and wrist-based gestures on any Apple Watch running Watch OS 8, which means it will work on Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models, as well as the original Apple Watch SE.You can open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and tap Accessibility > Assistive Touch > gesture. You can then choose from four options: Hold tight, Double fist, pinch, Double pinch and customize what actions will be performed when using these gestures.

Likewise, if you have any smartwatch that belongs to the following series: Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Watch 4, you will have access to the universal gesture feature.You can access the Settings section on your Galaxy Watch running One UI Watch 5 and tap Accessibility > Interactivity and flexibility > universal gestures. When the feature is enabled, you can choose between pinch and double-pinch gestures, fisting, and double-pinching to perform certain tasks. You can also shake your command to enable universal gesture functionality.

Apple Watch users can further customize actions to perform tasks such as launching Siri, Apple Pay, showing all installed apps, switching to the previous app, or even holding down the side button that can be used to turn off the watch. We’ll learn more about how the new double-tap gesture works with existing accessibility features when the new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models launch to consumers later this month.


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