Surf The Web From Your Wrist

Surf The Web From Your Wrist

Apple Watch has access to a web browser, but the company doesn’t tell you how to find it or the three ways to start surfing from your wrist.

A lesser-known Apple Watch feature allows surfing the web and even using search engines. Despite being so small, Apple’s wearable is powerful enough to include a web browser, even though it isn’t directly accessible as a separate app. While reading on such a tiny screen isn’t really ideal, it can be quite handy when wearing an Apple Watch with cellular capability and if your iPhone isn’t as easily accessible.

The Apple Watch is a very capable smartwatch. While an iPhone is required to set it up the first time, many features of the watch can be used separately. If using a cellular model, it’s possible to make calls, send texts, and receive notifications, even if the paired iPhone is left behind. That makes running, bicycling, and swimming more enjoyable and frees the wearer from keeping track of their iPhone.


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Apple even made a tiny web browser for the Apple Watch, however, it can’t be found in the app list. Instead, it appears when needed if a link is tapped. There are at least three easy ways to open the hidden Apple Watch browser, using Siri, from Messages, and from Mail. The trick is to get a link to appear on the screen. After a Siri search, a list of web results will be shown, and tapping any of the links from the list will open the browser. In some cases, the browser defaults to Reader mode. If this happens, touching the website address at the top and then ‘Web View’ will show the page more like it appears on the iPhone. Back, Forward, and Reload buttons are also revealed by tapping the address bar.

More Ways To Open Apple Watch’s Browser

Apple Watch Siri

Tapping a link from an email or from a message also opens the page in the Apple Watch browser. A batch of links can be sent to serve as starting pages, such as Bing, DuckDuckGo, or other search engines. Google’s search engine doesn’t work as the button that launches the search is replaced with an ‘X’ to clear the text if desired. And, unfortunately, there is no way to proceed after entering keywords. It’s also possible to directly type a link on the watch using Messages and, after sending, users can tap on that link to open it on the Apple Watch.

There are also a few third-party browser apps, but the selection is limited and some are not that well rated. Parity appears to be the best third-party browser for the Apple Watch, but even it has a fair share of issues. At the time of publication, Parity has a 3.8-star rating and hasn’t been updated in over a year. While the built-in browser can be tricky to access, it will likely be the most reliable solution and can take advantage of features that third-party developers might not be able to.

Apple might have kept the browser as an indirect app due to the Apple Watch lacking an on-screen keyboard in the first seven models. The Apple Watch Series 7 is the first to include a keyboard and also has a significantly larger screen. Apple hasn’t shown any interest yet in making the web browser more accessible despite these changes, but who knows if/when that’ll change down the road. For now, the Apple Watch’s hidden web browser can only be opened through Siri, Messages, and Mail.

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Source: Apple

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Alan is a Tech Writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. A tech-enthusiast since his youth, Alan stays current on what is new and what is next. With over 30 years experience in computer, video and photo equipment, you can expect useful tips and insights in his writing. Alan has a degree in programming, many years focused on design, editing, and animation. A period of managing logistics and e-commerce operations for a mobile accessories company rounds out a diverse background. Alan is a true jack of all digital trades in this ever-changing computer-enriched world. To stay flexible in mind and in body, he practices yoga, light cardio, and eats a whole food diet, based on minimally processed plants.

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