Apple Watch Ultra: How to Customize the Action Button

The Apple Watch Ultra has a customizable action button on the left side of the case that is capable of performing a variety of functions. This article explains what it can do and how you can configure it.

Apple Watch Ultra Orange Alpine Loop Action button 220907 large
In addition to activating the siren, the action button on the Apple Watch Ultra can be customized to perform a number of functions, providing quick access to them without having to press through different screens.

When you first set up your ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌, you will be invited to assign one of the following functions to it:

  • Work out
  • Stopwatch
  • Waypoint
  • Back track
  • Dive
  • Flashlight
  • Shortcut
  • None

You can further customize your choice depending on the selected app or feature. For example, if you select the Workout app, pressing the Action button once will open the Workout app, but you can also assign the “First Press” feature in the app to start a specific workout.

action button brand segment


But that’s not all. Once you’ve started the activity, you can tap again to perform a secondary function, such as marking segments or laps in a track workout or switching from cycling to running in a triathlon. But again, which function this is will depend on the current activity.

How to assign functions to the action button

Once your ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌ is set up, you can reassign functions to the action button via a new menu right on your wrist, as such.

  1. On the ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌, you need to start Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Action button.
  3. Tap the menu under “Action” and select one of the following options: Work out, Stopwatch, Waypoint, Back track, Dive, Flashlightand Shortcut.
    settings
  4. Press on arrow in the left corner to go back to the action button settings.
  5. Tap the menu under “App” if it appears, then select an app to perform the action. Some actions, such as flashlight, do not show the App setting.
  6. Press the arrow to go back.
  7. Tap the menu under “First press” if it appears, then choose an action. Some functions allow different actions to be performed on the first and second press of the button.

Tips appear on the screen under “Gestures” that explain how the Action button works with the settings you’ve assigned to it. For example, tips for an outdoor walk show you that pressing the Action button once starts a workout, and pressing the Action button and the side button at the same time pauses the workout.

Configuration of the action button via iPhone

You can also use the iOS Watch app to configure what the action button on the ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌ does.

  1. Start Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Press on My watch tab if it is not already selected.
  3. Press on Action button.
  4. Under “Action”, tap the currently selected action to change it.
  5. Choose from one of the following options: Work out, Stopwatch, Waypoint, Back track, Dive, Flashlightand Shortcut.
  6. Press on Action button to go back to the previous menu.
  7. Tap the menu under “App” if it appears, then select an app to perform the action. Some actions, such as flashlight, do not show the App setting.
  8. Press the arrow to go back.
  9. Tap the menu under “First press” if it appears, then choose an action. Some functions allow different actions to be performed on the first and second press of the button.

Note that the on-screen tip under “Motions” explains how the action button works with the settings you’ve assigned to it.

Note that if you want to pause the current action, you can press and hold both the action and side buttons at the same time. Try to avoid accidentally pressing the side button or digital crown when pressing the action button. Your Apple Watch will do whatever is assigned to the action button if you happen to press another button at the same time, unless a button combination is configured.

William

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.