7;s watchOS 7 upgrade kills the practical Force Touch gesture we’ve used on the Apple Watch for over five years. This means that there is a new (and not so easy) way to remove all your alerts.
We’ll show you how to do it.
Apple has moved away from pressure-sensitive movements since the introduction of the iPhone XR – the first modern iPhone without a 3D Touch. Pressure-sensitive screens also fell from the iPhone 11. ->
So it’s not so surprising (but definitely disappointing) that this year’s software updates eliminate Force Touch gestures on the Apple Watch, despite the fact that all existing devices can still use them.
As watchOS 7 rolls out to everyone, you need to get used to new ways of doing things that you used Force Touch before. One of these things is to reject all your alerts.
How to clear all alerts in watchOS 7
You may think shortly after updating to watchOS 7 that the ability to clear all alerts with just one tap is completely gone. That’s not the case – but the clear all button is harder to find now.
Here’s what you need to do:
Swipe down on the Apple Watch screen to see your alerts.
Scroll down with your finger or Digital Crown until you reach the top of the alert list.
Touch the new one Clear everything button.
All your alerts will be deleted immediately. It’s still a fairly simple task, but you’ll find that it takes longer than using the Force Touch movement – especially if you have a long list of alerts to browse.
It’s a shame Force Touch movements had to disappear from existing devices that are still capable of using them. But it is likely that Apple wants to ensure an identical experience across all Watch models.
And if that’s the case, it almost certainly means that the next generation of Apple Watch models – expected to arrive on “Time Flies” on September 15 – will not have touch-sensitive screens.