Bob has to hit the supermarket on the way home from work, and he is armed with a shopping list. Mary and Bob use Wunderlist to keep a list of groceries that they can both add to and remove things from. Once Bob, or Mary, gets to the grocery store, they open the Wunderlist app on their iPhones and never forget an item.
Wunderlist has an iPhone app that includes a companion Apple Watch app that allows you to see your list of to-do items (or items on a grocery list) and mark them complete. Bob thinks it is much easier to glance at his wrist to see the next item on his shopping list and tap it to cross it off than it is to pull out his phone and do the same thing. And with the magic of Wunderlist, all of his to-do lists stay in sync across the web interface, iPhone, iPad, and Watch.
First things first. You’ll need to create a Wunderlist account:
Figure 4.74 The Wunderlist website allows you to create a free account.
Enter your name, email address, and a password (Figure 4.75).
Figure 4.75 Enter a name, email, and password to create a free Wunderlist account.
- Click Create Free Account and that’s it. You have a Wunderlist account.
Download the iPhone app on your phone and install the Watch App (Apple Watch App > Wunderlist > Show on Apple Watch). Launch the Wunderlist app on your iPhone and enter the account information you just created (Figure 4.76).
Figure 4.76 The Wunderlist iPhone app login screen.
Bob has a shared to-do list with Mary in which they keep track of their groceries. To set up a similar list:
- Launch the Wunderlist app on your iPhone.
Tap the Blue plus icon on the bottom of the app (Figure 4.77).
Figure 4.77 The Wunderlist app displays all your lists once you log in.
Two buttons appear: a green New List button and a blue New To-Do button (Figure 4.78). Tap the New List button.
Figure 4.78 Tap the blue button to create a new to-do or the green button to create a new list.
Type in a name for your list (Figure 4.79) and tap Add People in the List Members section to invite someone else to share the list with you. If this is the first time you’re doing this, Wunderlist will request access to your contacts. Tap OK and your list of contacts will appear (Figure 4.80). Scroll or search for the contact you want to share this list with and tap on the names to add them. Tap as many people as you’d like to share this list with. You may notice that some people in your contacts have a small red icon listed next to their email addresses in this list. This means that they already have a Wunderlist account.
Figure 4.79 Give your new list a name.
Figure 4.80 Invite any of your contacts to the list so they can add and remove things.
Once you’ve selected the people you’d like to share this list with, tap the Add button in the upper-right corner of the screen. They are added to the list members with a pending icon next to their name.
- Tap the Create button in the upper-right corner to create the list. As soon as the list is created, an invitation will be sent to that person. If they have a Wunderlist account already, they will get an alert in the Wunderlist app in addition to an email. If they don’t have an account, they’ll be emailed with instructions to create an account with which they can access the list. You will be notified via email when the person you invited joins the list.
You’re taken to the list where you can add things by typing them in and tapping either the Add button (at the top of the screen) or the Next button (on the keyboard) (Figure 4.81). Each item on the list can be starred by tapping the star icon next to it. This puts the item in a meta-list: Starred items (this will come up again in the Apple Watch app section).
Figure 4.81 Just type to add an item to a list.
Tapping on an item in the to-do list gives you a few options (Figure 4.82). You can add a comment or a due date, or assign the item to someone. Tapping the “Assign to” button lists all the people who have access to the list (Figure 4.83). Tap on someone to assign this task to them. Their initial is then displayed next to the task in the list.
Figure 4.82 Each item can be assigned to a person, a due date, a reminder, or even a subtask.
Figure 4.83 You can assign the item to anyone with whom this list is shared.
Once you have Wunderlist set up, and have a list with items on it, you can bring your Apple Watch in on the fun:
- Make sure that the Wunderlist app is installed on your watch by going to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tapping Wunderlist, and then enabling “Show App on Apple Watch.” The Wunderlist app also has a glance that you can enable once the app has been installed on your watch.
Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch until you’re on the Home screen. Tap the Wunderlist icon to launch the app (Figure 4.84).
Figure 4.84 The Wunderlist Watch app icon.
The Wunderlist app displays four icons: Inbox (new items that aren’t assigned to a list yet), Today (things with a due date of the current date), Starred, and Assigned To Me (Figure 4.85). Tapping any of these will list all the items across your lists that meet the criteria.
Figure 4.85 The Wunderlist gives you access to your inbox tasks, starred tasks, and things that are due and that are assigned to you.
Scroll down to see your full list of lists (Figure 4.86). Under the name of each list is an icon that indicates that it is just a list or a shared list along with the number of incomplete items on the list. Tapping on any of the lists will display all the items with a box next to each (Figure 4.87).
Figure 4.86 Scroll down to see the list of your lists. The number of items is displayed below the list name.
Figure 4.87 Tap a list to see the items on the list. Tap the box to complete the task.
As Bob throws things into his shopping cart, he taps the box next to it on his Apple Watch. It will be crossed out and then disappear.
The Wunderlist glance is pretty basic. When it is enabled, swipe up on the clock face and swipe until you see the Wunderlist glance (Figure 4.88). You might see a spinning circle while it loads items from the app. Once it is finished loading, any incomplete items that are assigned to you are listed. You can’t check them off in the glance, but tapping on them takes you to the Wunderlist app, where you can interact with them.
Figure 4.88 The Wunderlist glance shows you the first incomplete task on a list.
Whenever Bob is at the supermarket, Mary adds some sort of fruit or vegetable that he isn’t familiar with. Who knows what a rutabaga looks like anyway? Siri on your Apple Watch does! You can ask Siri to find you some pictures of any number of things, including rutabagas:
- Press in the Digital Crown to activate Siri.
- Say “Show me pictures of xx” where xx is whatever you’re after.
After a moment, Siri returns 10 pictures of the item in question retrieved from Bing Image Search (Figure 4.89). Use the Digital Crown to scroll down through the list. You can’t save the images to your watch, and tapping on them doesn’t do anything. But now Bob can identify rutabagas without looking foolish.
Figure 4.89 Siri can show you pictures from the Internet. These are rutabagas.
Apple Pay allows you to pay for things in stores with your Apple Watch. It uses your existing credit card information to pay for things wirelessly in participating stores. You may already have Apple Pay set up on a supported iPhone, and if you do, you know how magical it seems. Hold your iPhone near the payment terminal, unlock the phone with your thumb, and the bill will be paid without you having to take out your credit card.
To use Apple Pay on your watch, you’ll need to enter a credit or debit card (if you want to use multiple credit cards, you’ll have to set them up individually). Even if you have Apple Pay set up on your paired iPhone already, you still need to set up your Apple Watch. This ensures that you really want Apple Pay on your watch.
To set up Apple Pay on your Apple Watch:
- Make sure the credit card you want to add to Apple Pay is supported. Most major credit cards from major banks are supported. This article has all the supported banks: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT6288.
- Once you have access to the card, launch the Apple Watch app on the paired iPhone and scroll until you see Passbook & Apple Pay. Tap on it.
As you can see by looking at the Cards section, Bob doesn’t have any cards set up on his watch’s Apple Pay just yet (Figure 4.90). Tap “Add Credit or Debit Card.”
Figure 4.90 All the cards associated with Apple Pay are listed in the Passbook & Apple Pay section of the Apple Watch app.
You’ll be asked for your Apple ID Password before you can proceed (Figure 4.91). This is to ensure that you are who you say you are and so Apple can look up the credit card they have on file with your Apple ID. Enter the password and tap OK.
Figure 4.91 You must enter your Apple ID password to add a card to Apple Pay.
Tap Next on the informational screen that pops up (Figure 4.92).
Figure 4.92 The first screen you see when you’re adding a card has some information about Apple Pay.
If you have a credit card associated with your Apple ID (which is needed to buy apps, videos, music, or books via Apple’s various digital store fronts) you can easily add that card to Apple Pay. You’ve logged in with your Apple ID, which Apple uses to retrieve that credit card information, and now you have to verify the security code on that card to add it (Figure 4.93). Once you do that, tap Next to add the card.
Figure 4.93 Apple cleverly offers to add whatever credit card you have on file with your iTunes account to Apple Pay first.
If you want to add a card other than the one you have on file with Apple, tap “Add a Different Credit or Debit Card.” This takes you to the Add Card screen (Figure 4.94). You can use your iPhone’s camera to automatically detect the numbers from the front of your credit or debit card. Just align the card with the frame on the screen and hold the phone steady. Your name, the account number, and expiration date will appear in white as the iPhone detects them (Figure 4.95).
Figure 4.94 The app allows you to scan a credit card with your iPhone’s camera.
Figure 4.95 The camera reads your card’s number and name. Of course, they won’t be blurred out on your iPhone screen.
Next you need to enter the security code manually (Figure 4.96). While this use of the camera seems almost magical, and it is pretty accurate, double-check to make use all the information has been scanned correctly. If you notice an error, just tap on the field with the incorrect information and use the keyboard to correct it.
Figure 4.96 After the card information has been scanned, you have the opportunity to edit it and add the security code.
Enter the security code using the keypad and then tap the Next button in the upper right.
An Adding Card screen displays (Figure 4.97). Wait for it to finish and then agree to the terms and conditions that appear by tapping Agree at the bottom right.
Figure 4.97 It will take a few moments to add the card.
You’re taken back to the Passbook & Apple Pay screen, where the card you just added is displayed with Activating (in green) beside it. This means that Apple and your bank/credit card company are talking to each other, setting up the card to work via Apple Pay. Once the card has been activated, Activating no longer appears next to it. A notification appears on your watch alerting you to the fact that a card has been added to your watch’s Passbook (Figure 4.98). You’ll receive a notice from your credit card company, or bank, that your card has been added to an Apple Pay device. This is great, especially if you haven’t added a credit card to an Apple Pay device (in which case you should call your credit card company immediately).
Figure 4.98 Now the card appears in the Cards section. It needs to activate before you can use it.
You can add as many cards to Apple Pay as you like. Just tap “Add Credit or Debit Card” again to repeat the process.
Once a card has been added to Apple Pay, a new option appears: Default Card. If you have only one card in Apple Pay, that’s the default card. If you have more than one card, tap here (Figure 4.99) to select the one you want to be automatically selected when you use Apple Pay (you can choose at the moment of purchase to use a card other than the default, but more on that later). The current default card has a blue check mark next to it. Tap a card to make it the default. When you do, the blue check mark appears next to it, and now when you use Apple Pay on your watch it’ll use that card by default.
Figure 4.99 Tap on a card to set it as the default for Apple Pay on your watch.
Using Apple Pay
You can use Apple Pay only at participating retailers. Most retailers that accept Apple Pay will display a logo that indicates Apple Pay is accepted near the point of sale (Figure 4.100). Apple also maintains a list of major retailers that accept Apple Pay: https://www.apple.com/apple-pay/where-to-use-apple-pay/.
Figure 4.100 The Apple Pay logo, displayed where Apple Pay is accepted.
Bob shops at Whole Foods, which just so happens to take Apple Pay. To pay for his groceries, Bob follows these steps:
- He allows the cashier to scan all his items and waits until the final total is displayed on the payment terminal.
He raises his arm and presses his watch’s Side button twice to activate Apple Pay (Figure 4.101). The watch displays the card that will be charged; this is the default card set in the previous section. Above the image of the card the word Ready appears, letting Bob know that Apple Pay is active.
Figure 4.101 The Apple Pay screen on a watch. Hold your watch near the reader to pay.
If Bob has more than one card in his Passbook, dots at the bottom of the screen indicate that there are more cards he can choose from. If Bob wants to use another card, he can swipe to change the card.
Once Bob has set the card he wants to use, he holds his Apple Watch near the payment terminal. His watch beeps and Bob gets haptic feedback once the terminal detects his watch and charges him through Apple Pay. When the charge is successful, a check will appear on the display and the register will spit out Bob’s receipt (Figure 4.102).
Figure 4.102 The check mark, and a tap, lets you know the card was read.
A couple of things to keep in mind when you’re paying with Apple Pay:
- If your Apple Watch isn’t on your wrist, you’ll need to enter your watch password before you can use Apple Pay.
- You might need to contort your wrist a bit to get your watch close enough to the payment terminal to make it work.
You can view all of the cards you have associated with Apple Pay on your watch by launching the Passbook app (press the Digital Crown until you’re on the Home screen and tap the Passbook icon).
The Apple Pay cards are shown at the top of the list (Figure 4.103). Tap one to display it along with the instruction to press the Side button twice to activate Apple Pay. The only thing you can do with these cards in Passbook on your watch is view them like this. Force touching doesn’t do anything.
Figure 4.103 Apple Pay cards displayed in Passbook on the watch.
Managing Apple Pay
All management of Apple Pay for your watch happens in the Apple Watch app on the paired iPhone. You can set custom notifications and remove cards via the app.
To set custom notifications:
- Launch the Apple Watch app and tap Passbook & Apple Pay.
- By default the notifications mirror those of your iPhone’s. Tap Custom.
- The only level of customization for alerts is either showing them or not showing them on your Apple Watch. Toggle to disable/enable them here. Keep in mind this setting only impacts your watch. If you want to change the notification settings on your iPhone, you’ll need to do that through Settings > Notifications.
To remove a card from Apple on your watch:
- Launch the Apple Watch app and tap Passbook & Apple Pay.
Tap the card that you want to remove (Figure 4.104). You’ll need some information about the card, including the last four digits of the card and the Device Account Number (for more information about the Device Account Number, see the “Apple Pay Security” sidebar).
Figure 4.104 Card details in the Apple Watch app.
Scroll down until you see the Remove Card button at the bottom of the card information screen (Figure 4.105).
Figure 4.105 Tap Remove Card to remove the card from the Apple Watch’s Apple Pay wallet.
Tap Remove Card and then tap Remove in the menu that appears.
The card is removed and won’t show up when you activate Apple Pay on your watch. If it is configured in Apple Pay on your iPhone, though, the card will still be available there.
Disabling Apple Pay on a lost or stolen Apple Watch
There may come a time when you lose your Apple Watch or it’s stolen. That’s a major bummer, but it’s even more concerning if you have Apple Pay set up on the watch. Sure, it won’t work unless someone knows your watch’s passcode, but it’s possible (though highly unlikely) that a thief could guess your passcode and have the ability to charge things with your watch.
You can disable a lost/stolen watch’s ability to use Apple Pay remotely, and the best part is that the disabling process doesn’t require the watch to have a data connection. Recall that when you add a card to Apple Pay you’re prompted to enter your Apple ID password. This allows Apple to offer to automatically add the card you have associated with your Apple account to Apple Pay, but it also enables a link to iCloud. Now, none of your credit card numbers are stored on Apple’s servers, but Apple’s server acts as a go-between for your bank/credit card company and the retailer whenever you buy something. When this link is severed, Apple Pay for that card (or cards) no longer works. Since this link is associated with your Apple ID, you can manage it via iCloud in your browser.
To remove all cards from Apple Pay on your watch via iCloud:
Figure 4.106 The iCloud login screen. Log in with your Apple ID and password.
- Enter your Apple ID and Password, and click the arrow next to the password.
After you log in, you’ll see your iCloud Home (Figure 4.107). Here you can access the online versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, as well as your calendar, iCloud email, and more. Click Settings.
Figure 4.107 Click Settings in the iCloud home screen.
The Settings page has links to manage your Apple ID and change the language you use on iCloud, and also displays your iCloud storage amounts (Figure 4.108). The section we’re interested in, however, is the My Devices section.
Figure 4.108 All the devices associated with this Apple ID are displayed. Any that have Apple Pay enabled have a little Apple Pay icon.
My Devices lists all the devices that are associated with the Apple ID you used to log into iCloud. Devices that have Apple Pay configured on them are denoted with a small Apple Pay logo . Your Apple Watch should be on this list, assuming you logged in with the same Apple ID as the one you use with the paired iPhone and that you used to set up Apple Pay.
Click on your watch in the My Devices section.
Some details about your Apple Watch are displayed, including the last 5 digits of its serial number (Figure 4.109). More relevant to this section, any cards that you have set up in Apple Pay on the watch are displayed by their name and with the last few digits of the card number. There’s also a Remove All link displayed underneath them. To remove all the cards from Apple Pay on this watch, click that link.
Figure 4.109 Click on a device to see some more details and the Remove All link.
An alert appears explaining that you’re about to remove all the cards from Apple Pay on this device (Figure 4.110). If you’re sure, click Remove and the removal process starts. It may take a few minutes for the cards to be removed from your Apple Watch. Apple will send you an email confirming that the cards have been removed and can no longer be used with Apple Pay on that watch unless you readd them.
Figure 4.110 A warning, just in case you don’t want to remove all the cards from Apple Pay on this device.
If you try to use Apple Pay on your watch during the removal process, you’ll get an error message explaining that the cards are being updated and you can’t use Apple Pay during the update process (Figure 4.111).
Figure 4.111 If you try to launch Apple Pay on the watch during this process, you’ll see this error.
Once the process is complete, you can still launch Apple Pay and see the cards on the screen, but a Card Unavailable message is displayed above the card (Figure 4.112). If you open the Apple Watch app on the paired iPhone and tap Passbook & Apple Pay, you’ll see that each of the cards is listed as Unavailable as well.
Figure 4.112 After the cards have been removed, they can’t be used on your Apple Watch until you readd them.
Tap each one to remove them from the Apple Watch app. If the paired Apple Watch is in range, the cards will be removed from it as well. If it isn’t in range, the cards will still show up but they can’t be used.
If you recover your Apple Watch, you can always readd any of the cards removed via this method just as if you were adding a new card to Apple Pay.