Unlocking the Comfort of Apple Watch Customization: Why Some Wear It Differently

Since I’ve been using the Apple Watch Ultra for more than a year, many people have asked me on YouTube or social media why I wear my Apple Watch backwards. Below I explain why people think that way about my watch.

Personalized Comfort with My Apple Watch

The reality is that I don’t wear the Apple Watch backwards; I simply have it configured in a personalized way that is much more comfortable for me. Luckily, it is possible to configure the Apple Watch according to your preferences, and this has completely changed my wearing experience.

Right-Handed Default Settings

The design of the Apple Watch is very versatile and allows you to make changes to the settings to adjust the orientation of the watch and the buttons in the way we think is most comfortable. Many users opt for the default setting, which involves wearing the watch on the left wrist with the digital crown facing the little finger. However, the reality is that there is no “wrong” way to wear the Apple Watch.

How to Configure the Apple Watch for Right-Handed Wear

The first consideration to make is the default right-handed orientation. Most right-handed people wear Apple Watch on their left wrist and use their right hand to interact with the digital crown and touchscreen. This makes it easier to access features and notifications as your dominant hand is naturally closer to the screen.

However, for some users, including myself, it may be more comfortable to wear the Apple Watch on the right hand and control it with the left hand even if they are right-handed. That is why it is possible to adjust the settings of the Apple Watch to adapt to the choice of wrist on which we want to wear the watch.

The Watch app on the iPhone offers the option to change the orientation, allowing the digital crown and buttons to be located on the opposite side of the watch. This simple adjustment ensures a comfortable experience for those who prefer to wear their Apple Watch on their right wrist. In my specific case, I have chosen to wear the Apple Watch on my right hand, and the action buttons of the Apple Watch Ultra and the Digital Crown facing towards the hand. Why? Well, it is much easier to control the watch and its buttons if they are oriented towards the left hand that was the right arm, because otherwise it could make it difficult to view the screen while we manipulate the action button or the digital crown.

Customize the Apple Watch to Your Liking

So why do some people perceive others wearing their Apple Watch backwards? This perception may be due to the widespread expectation that most people are right-handed and will therefore wear the watch on their left wrist. When they encounter someone who has customized orientation for the right wrist, it can lead to confusion and misunderstanding. In addition, it is a feature of the Apple Watch that in many cases can go unnoticed.

In my case, I have always worn the watch on my right wrist. Long before the first Apple Watch went on sale, even though I was right-handed, I already used to wear the watch on my right wrist. Although it is a personal choice, it has a clear drawback and that is when writing.

Being right-handed and typing with your right hand, you may find the Apple Watch uncomfortable, especially if you use a thin strap, a strap that is thicker and bulkier.

Finally, the choice of how to wear the Apple Watch is personal and depends on each individual’s preferences. Luckily, Apple has designed its device to fit a variety of lifestyles and usage preferences. Whether on the right or left wrist, the important thing is that the user feels comfortable and enjoys all the functions that the Apple Watch offers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Using Apple Watch on Your Right Hand

Does the setting on the right wrist affect the accuracy of health measurements? The orientation of the Apple Watch on the right wrist affects the accuracy of health measurements. The device is designed to adapt to all possible configurations, and health tracking features such as the heart rate monitor and pedometer remain accurate regardless of which wrist you choose to wear the Apple Watch on.

How does customizing settings affect battery life? Customizing settings, such as changing wrist orientation, has no impact on Apple Watch battery life. The energy efficiency of the device is maintained, regardless of the clock orientation and settings.

Are there feature limitations when changing orientation? Changing the wrist orientation of your Apple Watch does not limit the functionality of your Apple Watch. However, it is important to regularly check for device software updates, as Apple could introduce new features or improvements that could come in handy for users who have customized the orientation of their watch.