Next-Level: Apple Watch 9’s 2-Finger Tap Interaction

By ANAS KHAN 7 Min Read

The groundbreaking two-finger interaction feature on the Apple Watch 9 lets you experience the future of wearable tech. This new invention changes the way people interact with technology, making it easier and faster than ever before. Use natural gestures to easily move between apps, messages, and menus. Using two fingers for more control and accuracy is recommended.

The Apple Watch 9‘s 2-Finger Interaction lets you easily interact with your device like never before, whether you’re scrolling through notifications, zooming in on maps, or keeping track of your fitness goals. This state-of-the-art technology is designed to improve your wearable experience and make your daily tasks easier while also making you more productive. Discover how the Apple Watch 9 will change the way you interact with smartwatches in the future.

How to enable double tapping and change settings

Apple Watch 9's 2-Finger Tap

Change how an Apple Watch works.

There are settings on your Apple Watch. To change them, double-tap settings.

  • Open up Settings.
  • Tap on Gestures.
  • Press and hold “On/Off” twice.

Scroll down in this menu to find options to change the media playback between Play/Pause and Skip or the Smart Stack option between Advance and Select. You can also turn double-tapping on or off here.

Adjust settings with the Watch app on the iPhone.

Apple Watch 9's 2-Finger Tap

To change how the Watch app on your iPhone works when you double-tap it:

  • Start up the Watch app.
  • Tap on Gestures.
  • Press and hold “On/Off” twice.

In this menu, you can double tap on or off, switch between Play/Pause and Skip for media playback, and switch between Advance and Select for Smart Stack.

Apple lists several ways to fix the problem if the gesture doesn’t work on your watch. For example, make sure the screen is awake and that Low Power Mode, Sleep Focus, Theatre Mode, or Water Lock aren’t turned on. If the watch is also paired as a Family Setup device, the double tap won’t work either.

What does Double Tap do?

Press and hold on the face of your watch twice to see your “smart stack” of cards. If you do the gesture again, it will either move to the next card or choose the current card, depending on what you choose in Settings. 

In almost all apps, double-tapping works the same way as tapping the main button. It’s the same as pressing “snooze” on an alarm clock. It stops and starts the timer if you have one set. It sets off the shutter when you use the camera remote, which is a great way to get group shots! When you read a message in Messages, a reply window opens, and voice typing is usually used to write the message.

One big exception is apps that play media, like music or podcasts. When you double-tap, the main action is usually to play or pause, but you can change it to skip if you’d rather.

Because many apps don’t have a main button set up, when you double-tap, the little icon will show up at the top of your screen, shake with haptic feedback, and then go away. While navigating, a double tap will never work in the following apps: ECG, Heart Rate, Blood Oxygen, Sleep Focus, Walkie-Talkie, Maps, Mindfulness, Workout, SOS features (Emergency SOS, Fall Detection, and Crash Detection), and Mindfulness.

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When you update to watchOS 10.1 on an Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2, the new gesture will be enabled automatically. Just in case you’re not a fan of the feature, you can turn it off in the iPhone’s settings. When your watch’s screen is active, it will function normally. Apple claims that the feature will have little impact on the battery life of your watch. 

Claiming to be the “most powerful watch chip,” Apple attributes the ability to double-tap to the wearable’s new S9 SiP chip. Additionally, the chip can process Siri requests on the Apple Watch and significantly increase the performance of the Apple Watch Series 9, according to the company. 

The new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 smartwatches are the only ones that support the double-tap feature, which is available on WatchOS 10.


The Apple Watch 9 introduces a groundbreaking 2-finger interaction feature, allowing users to navigate through apps, messages, and menus with intuitive gestures. This innovative technology simplifies daily routines and enhances productivity. To enable double tap and change settings, users can open Settings, tap Gestures, and tap Double Tap On/Off. The gesture is similar to tapping on the primary button in most apps, except for media playback in some. On the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 running watchOS 10.1, the feature is by default enabled, but it is also programmable in iPhone settings.


Does the Apple Watch Series 9 have a double tap?

A new double-tap gesture is available on the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Apple Watch Series 9 as of today with the release of watchOS 10.1.

Why isn’t DoubleTap working on the Apple Watch 9?

Launch your watch’s Settings app, navigate to Gestures, and finally, tap Double Tap to verify. You can’t enable double tap if you have assistive touch, quick actions, zoom with hand gestures, or voiceover with hand gestures in your accessibility settings. Verify that the wrist detection feature is enabled.

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