How to Get Apple Watch 9 Double Tap Feature on Older Watches

Double Tap pinch gesture is one of the main USPs of the latest Apple Watch, Watch Series 9. Do you know you can access the double tap gestures on older Apple Watches? Yes, you can do it easily. Read on to know all the details on how you can enable double tap on your Apple Watch.

Double Tap feature works best on the newly released Apple Watch Series 9, thanks to the combination of the new S9 chip and machine learning models. For unawares, the Double Tap is a new gesture feature available on the Series 9, it lets you control multiple things by tapping your index finger and thumb together.

Before the Apple Watch Series 9, the watchOS offered several accessibility features including those that relied on the motion of your hand. Now to make it even better, Apple made some changes to the hardware and packed into its newest smartwatch.

If you own an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer with watchOS 10 or the latest, then you can bring similar functionality by enabling the accessibility features.

Back in 2021, Apple introduced a bunch of accessibility features of the iPhone and Apple Watch including the Assistive Touch feature, which lets you gain access to the Double Tap pinch gesture on your existing watch. Quick Actions is one of the accessibility features that lets you perform different sets of Quick Actions with Double Tap gestures. Not only this but you can customize the actions manually by enabling AssistiveTouch accessibility settings.

How to Enable AssistiveTouch and Quick Actions on Apple Watch

First things first, make sure you own an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer running on watchOS 8 or later. If your watch is already on the latest software, you can follow these steps to turn on these accessibility features on your watch.

How to Enable AssistiveTouch and Quick Actions on Apple Watch
  1. Open the Settings on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Scroll down, Find Quick Actions, and turn it on.
  4. Additionally, enable AssistiveTouch Gestures.
    • Next Turn on Hand Gestures
    • You can customize Gestures if you want and set Double Tap to open Notification Center, Action Menu, Control Center, Show Apps, and more.

With Quick Actions, you can use Double Tap gestures to perform various quick actions such as taking a photo, picking a call, clearing a notification, playing or pausing a song, and more.

AssistiveTouch brings the complete Action Menu which you can control with various gestures, a single tap to switch various controls in the Action Menu, a double tap to open the control, and more. You can always customize the gestures in the AssistiveTouch Gestures settings.

So, this is how you can get the Double Tap pinch gestures on your existing Apple Watch. I tried it on my Apple Watch Series 7 and it works fine in most cases but still, it isn’t as good as the S9 chip-based Double Tap gestures on the new Apple Watch Series 9.

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By Haneet Singh

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