How to use a wearable: tips to make the most of your smartwatch or fitness tracker


Middle-aged man using a smartwatch

You got a new fitness tracker or smartwatch for Christmas. Great! Now what?

Whether you’ve got the latest Apple Watch Series 6, a Fitbit, an Oura ring or any other one of the best fitness trackers or best smartwatches, it’ll come with instructions – online or within a physical booklet – to help you get the device (and you) up and running.

You’ll need to download the accompanying app, pair your device with your phone, charge it up and learn how to use the basic controls. Exactly how you do these things will vary from device to device and we recommend you follow the step-by-step instructions and do those first.

However, most instructions get you started. But what comes next? Beyond the set-up steps, there are plenty of other things you need to know to get the most out of your new wearable so it can make a positive difference to your life and work for you, not against you. You don’t want it to be a negative drain, a waste of money or another present that gets stuffed in a drawer somewhere and forgotten about.

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