How to Control Your Apple Watch with Your iPhone (2022)

Using Apple Watch Screen Mirroring, you can control your Apple Watch via your iPhone to more easily access menu items and controls.

Sometimes, the Apple Watch screen is just too small. And while most of us wouldn't want a bigger watch on our wrists to fix that problem, it might be nice to be able to more easily maneuver the screen from time to time. That's why I'm loving the Apple Watch Mirroring feature on your iPhone. It allows you to navigate your Apple Watch from your iPhone, making certain hard-to-read-menu items and hard-to-press buttons a lot easier to read and press. 

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How to Use Apple Watch Mirror on iPhone

Apple Watch screen mirroring allows you to view your Apple Watch's screen and control your Apple Watch via your iPhone. If you like tips like this about how to use your Apple devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day! Let's get into how to control your Apple Watch from your iPhone. 

  1. The first thing you want to do to mirror your Apple Watch on your iPhone is open Settings.

    The first thing you want to do to mirror your Apple Watch on your iPhone is open Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Accessibility.

    Scroll down to Accessibility.
  3. Tap Apple Watch Mirroring.

    Tap Apple Watch Mirroring.
  4. Toggle on Apple Watch Mirroring. It will be green when enabled and a live image of your Apple Watch will appear on the screen.

    Turn on Apple Watch Mirroring. It will be green when enabled and a live image of your Apple Watch will appear on the screen.
  5. Now, you can control your Apple Watch by tapping on the image like you would the Apple watch. You can also press the crown and side button, as well as drag your finger up and down over the crown to scroll.

    Now, you can control your Apple Watch by tapping on the image like you would the Apple watch. You can also press the crown and side button, as well as drag your finger up and down over the crown to scroll.
  6. Tap the "x" in the corner to close Apple Watch Mirroring.

    Tap the "x" in the corner to close Apple Watch Mirroring.

And that's how you control your Apple Watch from your iPhone. This is a really great way for me to quickly do something complicated on my Apple Watch without straining my eyes or clicking the wrong buttons. Hopefully, this helps you too! 

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life, a published poet, and a longtime Apple enthusiast. Before graduating in the spring of 2021 with her Master’s degree in Literature, specializing in early 20th-century American and British Modernism, she was a college writing tutor and University English professor. Her latest piece, "Temporizing: Self Portrait" can be found in the Winter '21 edition of New Note Poetry. Although an enthusiastic traveler, you can most often find Rachel curled up under a blanket with a glass of red wine, reading a book with her cat Blue in Charlotte, North Carolina.