Touch is the watch’s basic interaction system, with taps and swipes used to navigate the interface. Ensure components have a sufficient touchable area, and that the space between components is large enough so that touchable areas do not overlap.

Interaction Function

Double tap

Zoom in or out

Scroll left, right, up, or down
Bezel swipe down

Open Quick panel
Touch and hold

Go to select mode


A tap is a light touch on the screen with a finger. Users tap to move between pages or to interact with a component on the screen. You can customize the tap gesture in your app and assign it to other functions.

Use tap to:

  • Move from one screen to another

    Tap to move to a lower level in the hierarchy or to access a more detailed page.

  • Make a selection

    Tap to select or deselect a confirm or cancel button, radio button, or checkbox.

Double tap

A double-tap is two light taps in rapid succession on the screen. Users double-tap to zoom in on the screen. You can also customize the double-tap gesture and assign it to other functions.

  • Zoom

    Double-tap to temporarily increase the size of the font or of an image.

Swipe and drag

A swipe is the gesture where the user touches and moves a finger across the screen. It shifts or scrolls the screen according to the gesture’s velocity and direction. Users can swipe anywhere across the entire screen when the screen does not contain an on-screen target.

A drag is a gesture where the finger touches an on-screen target and moves it across the screen at a constant speed. It moves an on-screen target as much as the user’s finger indicates. A drag is sustained as long as the user maintains contact with the screen and ends when the finger is lifted.

A swipe is a less precise movement than a drag. You can customize the swipe gesture and assign it to various functions.

  • Move from one screen to another

    Swipe to transition between pages or cards. Screens move in the same direction that the user swipes.

    A swipe to the left takes users to the screen on the right, and a swipe to the right takes users to the screen on the left.

  • Scroll

    Where content does not fit on one screen, swipe to scroll vertically or horizontally.

  • Refresh

    Swipe down from the top of the screen to refresh content. This interaction is useful if your app deals with content in real-time. Show a loading indicator at the top of the screen when a screen is refreshing. See Update content for more details.

Watch top edge swipe-down

Swiping down from the watch’s top edge opens the quick panel. This gesture is not customizable. As a result, any other swipe-down navigation you add to your app may conflict with this gesture, causing users to open the quick panel by mistake.

Touch and hold (long press)

Users can touch and hold a list or an icon to begin selecting multiple items. You can also customize the touch and hold gesture to assign it to other functions.

  • Select multiple items

    In select mode, users can select or deselect multiple items before deleting or sharing them.

Palm touch

Covering your watch’s display with your fingers or the palm of your hand deactivates the screen. It can be activated again by pressing the Home or Back key. When a call comes in, a palm touch mutes the sound and deactivates the screen. It also snoozes and deactivates alerts.

The screen deactivates when users place their palm on it.