How to Make Your Apple Watch Speak Time or Tap It in Morse Code

The haptic Apple Watch features allow your watch to discreetly tap hours by enabling taptic time, or you can have your Apple Watch announce time out loud!

The Apple Watch may be a wrist-sized supercomputer, but it also fulfills the standard watch function of telling time. There are several ways to tell time on the Apple Watch: you can see it, hear it, or feel it. I will also teach you how to set time on Apple Watch and change it when needed.

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How to Enable Apple Watch to Speak Time

To hear the time, you need to raise your wrist or tap the screen. Then, place two fingers on your watch face to hear the time. This has to be enabled to work.

  1. On your Apple Watch, open Settings.

    On your Apple Watch, open Settings.
     
  2. Tap Clock.

    Tap Clock.
     
  3. Toggle to turn Speak Time on or off.

    Toggle to turn Speak Time on or off.

Pro Tip: You can also hear the time by asking Siri. Just raise your wrist and say, “What time is it?” Learn more about the different ways you can use Siri on Apple Watch here.

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How to Make Mickey Talk on Apple Watch

There are many Apple Watch faces to pick from, and one of the more fun ones is the Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse Apple Watch face. Not only do their hands point to the time on an analog clock, but they can also speak the time! To do this:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

    Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
     
  2. Tap Face Gallery.

    Tap Face Gallery.
     
  3. Tap on Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse; I will use Minnie Mouse for this example.

    Tap on Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse; I will use Minnie Mouse for this example.
     
  4. Tap Add.

    Tap Add.
     
  5. Enable Speak Time on your Apple Watch if it isn’t already enabled.

    Toggle to turn Speak Time on or off.
     
  6. Place two fingers on your lit-up watch face, and Minnie will tell you the time.

    Place two fingers on your lit-up watch face, and Minnie will tell you the time.

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How to Enable Taptic Time to Feel the Time

What are haptics on Apple Watch? They are the vibrations and taps that alert you of notifications or communicate other information kinetically to your wrist. The haptic Apple Watch features make it possible to feel the time by having the watch tap hours and minutes. 

This is great if you want to discreetly know the time without having to look at your wrist or have it read aloud. It can also be a great option for those hard of seeing and/or hearing. To do this, Speak Time needs to be toggled off, next:

  1. On your Apple Watch, open Settings.

    On your Apple Watch, open Settings.
     
  2. Tap Clock.

    Tap Clock.
     
  3. Tap Taptic Time.

    Tap Taptic Time.
     
  4. Select between Digits, Terse, and Morse Code.

    Select between Digits, Terse, and Morse Code.

If you don’t disable Speak Time, Taptic Time won’t work.

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Different Ways to See the Time on Your Apple Watch

You can see the time by raising your wrist or tapping the screen to see the time on the watch face. Most Apple Watch faces show time digitally. 

See digital time on Apple Watch. 

If you use a different watch face, such as Color, Chronograph, or Infograph, just to name a few, you will see an analog clock. 

See analog time on Apple Watch face. 

If you organize your apps in grid mode, you will see the time in the small analog clock that is the icon for the Clock app. To learn how to change your app view to List mode, read this.

Time in Clock app in Grid mode display. 

When using most apps, you will be able to still see the time digitally in the top-right corner.

See time in Apps on Apple Watch.

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How to Set Time on Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch will automatically show you the time in whatever time zone you are in. It will mirror your iPhone’s location and time preference. If you want to switch your Apple Watch to military time, for example, you will need to switch to a 24-Hour clock on your iPhone.

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How to Change Time on Apple Watch

You can set your Apple Watch to run fast, which can be useful if you tend to run late. To do this:

  1. On your Apple Watch, open Settings.

    On your Apple Watch, open Settings.
     
  2. Tap Clock.

    Tap Clock.
     
  3. Tap on +0.

    Tap on +0.
     
  4. Use your Digital Crown to add between 1 to 59 minutes.

    Use your Digital Crown to add between 1 to 59 minutes.
     
  5. Tap Set.

    Tap Set.

Pro tip: If you want to display time from multiple time zones, you can use a complication and add it to your watch face.

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Now you know how to see time, feel time, and hear it! There are so many different ways to tell the time on your Apple Watch, perfect for every preference and physical ability.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.