Among all the exciting announcements made during Apple’s recent iPhone 15 event, one feature that has garnered a lot of attention is the new Apple Watch Double Tap feature.
However, it is interesting to note that this feature is not completely new; It was previously available as an Accessibility feature. What’s even better is that if you own a Galaxy Watch 6, you can already enjoy a similar Double Tap feature, but you may need to enable it first.
What is double tap?
During Apple’s “Wonderlust” event, they introduced a new feature called Double Tap for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. Basically, this feature allows users to perform the main action of the active app on their Apple Watch by simply touching two fingers together.
Apple’s description states that “Double tap controls the main button of an app,” making it convenient for users, especially when their hands are busy. This feature is powered by the new S9 SiP and a “faster neural engine”, which uses data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and optical heart sensor, combined with a new machine learning algorithm.
Interestingly, this feature is not entirely new, as it has been available on the Apple Watch through an Accessibility feature called “AssistiveTouch” for some time now.
What’s worth noting is that similar functionality exists on the Galaxy Watch 6, although it’s not enabled by default. It can be found hidden in the Accessibility settings and is called “Universal Gestures.” What makes it even more attractive is that it is also available on other major Android smartwatches, including the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4.
How to use Double Tap?
The term “double tap” refers to the action of quickly tapping or clicking on a specific area or button twice in a row. Depending on the context, whether you are using a mobile device, a computer mouse, or playing sports or games, a double tap usually serves to perform specific functions such as zooming, opening files, or executing special moves. The exact function may vary, so it is important to consult specific guidelines or instructions for the context in which you are using it.
How to use Apple Watch Double Tap on Galaxy Watch 6?
To activate Universal Gestures on your Galaxy Watch, follow these steps:
Wake up your Galaxy Watch.
Swipe up from the bottom to access the app drawer.
Scroll through the list of apps and open the Settings app.
Continue scrolling down and tap “Accessibility.”
Now, scroll down and select “Interaction and dexterity”.
At the top of the screen, tap “Universal Gestures.”
Toggle the switch next to “Universal Gestures” to enable this feature.
You’ll be asked to provide access to universal gestures, so tap the check mark to confirm.
Next, tap the “Home” button to begin the process of learning how to use universal gestures.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete setup and familiarize yourself with universal gestures.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be able to enjoy the convenience of Universal Gestures on your Galaxy Watch.
How to customize universal gestures on Galaxy Watch 6?
To enable Universal Gestures on your Galaxy Watch, follow these simple steps:
Start by activating your Galaxy Watch.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the app drawer.
Scroll through the list of apps and find the Settings app.
Tap Settings to open it.
Scroll down the Settings menu until you find the Accessibility option.
Within Accessibility, scroll down and select “Interaction and dexterity.”
Once you’re in the “Interaction and Dexterity” section, tap “Universal Gestures” at the top of the screen.
Now, tap “Gestures.”
Following these steps will activate Universal Gestures on your Galaxy Watch, allowing you to use this convenient feature.
Once you’ve accessed the Universal Gestures settings on your Galaxy Watch, you’ll find several options that allow you to tailor this feature to your preferences. These sections cover Gestures, Wake Up Gesture, Auto Scan, Focus Indicator Color, Cursor Scan, and Action Menu Favorites.
The nice thing about this is that you can not only customize how universal gestures are activated, but also specify the action that is performed when you put your fingers together. However, it’s worth noting that the “Applications” action, while showing your apps, doesn’t provide the option to select a specific app to open.
Accessibility is the key to new features
Many companies often use accessibility features as a kind of testing ground before rolling them out to a broader audience. This approach allows them to fix any issues and continue to refine these features without worrying about public backlash if things don’t go as planned.
Samsung may already be working on a similar feature, and we could see Double Tap become a standard feature on the Galaxy Watch 7. For now, though, it’s comforting to know that you don’t need to consider getting an Apple. Watch it just to enjoy what might seem like a “new” feature.
The Galaxy Watch 6 has made its mark as the first smartwatch to debut with WearOS 4, while retaining the features we’ve come to love in recent years.
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