If Siri can’t help you on Apple Watch, it can hand you off to your iPhone to continue the action.
Handoff lets you start an action on one device and finish it on another. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and… Apple Watch! With it, you can check in on Apple’s built-in Calendar, Mail, Maps, Messages, and Phone apps and switch over to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to finish what you started. But, there are some things that Apple Watch just can’t do for you.
That’s where Siri comes in. If you ask Siri to do something on Apple Watch it simply can’t do, it won’t give up. Instead, it will redirect you to your iPhone and automagically transfer your requested and get you your answer.
Handoff system requirements
To use Handoff on Apple Watch, you’ll need to make sure the feature is enabled on your iPhone or iPad first. Your Apple Watch and secondary device must both be be within Wi-Fi and Bluetooth range (that ensures you’re close by so it can trust you have possession of both devices at the time).Handoff works with watchOS 1.0 and above.
How to set up Handoff on your Apple Watch
You can quickly enable Handoff for your Apple Watch from the Watch app on your iPhone if it is not already enabled.
On your iPhone, open the Watch app.Tap General.
Scroll down to Enable Handoff and tap the switch to turn on the feature.
Once enabled, Handoff will work across all devices connected with the same iCloud account.
How to use Siri to Handoff to your iPhone
You can transfer calls, emails, or messages from your Apple Watch to your iPhone, iPad or Mac fairly smoothly. However, you can also use Siri on Apple Watch to quickly Handoff a number of actions to your iPhone, including looking something up on Safari, changing data in a Reminder, getting contact info, and more.
On Apple Watch, ask Siri to change something in a reminder. Since there is no Reminder app on Apple Watch, Siri will offer to Continue on iPhone and automatically call up the reminder with the changes made.
On Apple Watch, ask Siri for the address of someone in your contacts. When you tap Continue on iPhone the address will automatically pop up in Siri’s window on your device.
On Apple Watch, ask Siri to send an email to someone. When you Continue on iPhone Siri will have the recipient filled in. You’ll just have to add the subject and message.
On Apple Watch, ask Siri a question that requires a web search, like “Where do black bears live?” and when you Continue on iPhone Siri will look up the question and supply you the results.
On Apple Watch, ask Siri to send a tweet. When you Continue on iPhone, you can use voice dictation to craft your tweet and Siri will post it for you when you are ready.
Facebook works the same as Twitter. When you ask to send a Facebook update on Apple Watch, you can Continue on iPhone to finish and post.
On Apple Watch, ask Siri to make dinner reservations for you on a specific date and time, or at a specific location. When you Continue on iPhone, Siri will show you restaurants and reservation times available. You can then book directly using OpenTable.
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