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¶ What do I need to use my Apple Watch with ForeFlight Mobile?
To use the Apple Watch with ForeFlight Mobile, you will need the following:
1. An iPhone 5 or newer. The Apple Watch will not pair with an iPad.
2. iOS 8.2 or later on your iPhone.
3. A ForeFlight Mobile subscription.
¶ How do I pair my Apple Watch with my iPhone?
To pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone, follow these steps:
1. On your iPhone 5 or later that is running iOS8.2 or later, tap the SETTINGS app and make sure BLUETOOTH is turned ON and that you are connected to a WIFI network.
2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
3. Tap on the "Start Pairing" button in the app.
4. On your Apple Watch, tap the "Start Pairing" button.
5. Hold the Apple Watch up to the camera on the rear of the iPhone so it is centered in the viewfinder on the iPhone screen until a message notifies you that your Apple Watch is paired.
¶ How can I make my Apple Watch go straight to ForeFlight when I wake it up?
You can choose to have your Watch awaken to the app that was last open by opening the Watch's Settings and tapping GENERAL > ACTIVATE ON WRIST RAISE. Make sure that WRIST RAISE is turned on, then scroll down and select LAST USED APP. This will cause ForeFlight to automatically open when you raise your wrist if it was open when the Watch went to sleep.
You can also activate this setting from your iPhone: tap the My Watch app, go to GENERAL > ACTIVATE ON WRIST RAISE, then choose RESUME PREVIOUS ACTIVITY.
¶ Does it matter if I get a 38mm or 42mm Apple Watch for use with ForeFlight?
No, the functionality of the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch are the same. You can get which ever size you prefer.
¶ How often does the Apple Watch refresh its information?
The Watch refreshes its information every time you wake it by either raising your wrist or tapping the screen, and every time you swipe between pages in the app.
¶ How many favorite airports are shown on the Watch?
The airports page on the Watch displays the top ten airports in your Favorite Airports list. You can change which airports are displayed and in what order by going to the Favorite Airports page on your iPhone, tapping Edit in the upper-right corner, dragging the airports to where you want them in the list, and tapping Done. The list of airports shown on the Watch will reflect any changes made to the list on your iPhone.
¶ What do the colored circles next to airport names on the Watch mean?
The colored circles indicate the flight category at each airport, as reported by the most recent METAR.
The color coding is the same as on other ForeFlight devices:
Green: VFR. Ceiling greater than 3,000’ and visibility greater than 5 miles; includes sky clear.
Blue: MVFR. Ceiling 1,000’ to 3,000’ and/or visibility 3 to 5 miles inclusive.
Red: IFR. Ceiling 500’ to less than 1,000’ and/or visibility 1 to less than 3 miles.
Magenta: LIFR. Ceiling less than 500’ and/or visibility less than 1 mile.
A question mark indicates that an airport is not issuing METARs.
¶ How do I reset the timers in the ForeFlight app on my Apple Watch?
You can reset one or both timers to zero by using Force Touch on the timer page and tapping one of the options that appear. To use Force Touch, press firmly on the screen until you feel a vibration.
¶ How do I receive information within ForeFlight on my Apple Watch?
To get information to display, such as weather or instruments, you will need to check the following:
1. Make sure you have paired your Apple Watch to your iPhone.
2. Run ForeFlight Mobile on your iPhone. ForeFlight Mobile needs to be actively running in the foreground or in the background. It can't be in a closed state.
¶ For how long does the Apple Watch receive GPS position updates from my iPhone?
When you're using ForeFlight Mobile on the Apple Watch, ForeFlight Mobile on the iPhone keeps monitoring your GPS location in the background to speed up acquisition time for future openings of ForeFlight on the Apple Watch (ie: if used often, such as in-flight).
After about 20 minutes of not using ForeFlight on the Apple Watch, ForeFlight Mobile on your iPhone will stop monitoring your GPS position for the Apple Watch.
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