After a few days of using Apple Watch, I’ve come to realise that some kind of filter is needed if you’re going to enjoy your experience of using Apple’s new smartwatch.
Luckily, Hooks is that filter.
Hooks essentially allows you to setup alerts for the topics that interest you the most. Whether that’s being alerted when it’s about to rain, when the latest movie by Christopher Nolan gets released, this week’s lottery numbers, or when that next episode of Gotham is starting – the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Setting up Hooks couldn’t be simpler.
It’s all done through the Hooks for iPhone app – and if none of the alerts in the “Popular” section happen to suit your specific needs, you can simply create a new alert.
Some alerts – like Earthquakes (for example) – require a bit more information from you like; the specific “radius” you would like to be alerted for, but, generally speaking, most alerts are pre-populated and simply require you to hit “Done” to set them up.
Gradually, you’ll build up a list of alerts for your Apple Watch that revolve around the things that most concern you. All you need to do then is ensure that notifications for Hooks are turned on.
You can do this by heading over to the official Apple Watch app, then “Notifications,” and then making sure the switch next to “Hooks” is illuminated green (for “On”). If it isn’t, just swipe the switch.
If notifications alone aren’t enough, you can also locate Hooks from the “My Watch” screen in the official Apple Watch app, and turn the “Show on Apple Watch” switch to On. This will see the dedicated Hooks app for Apple watch appear on the watch’s homescreen.
This dedicated app gives you a quick and easy way to see the latest alerts for each of your setup conditions, with just a few taps – and tapping any scenario (once) will show only the most recent alerts for that specific scenario.
You can also favourite your most loved alerts, and later see them all by using Force Touch and then tapping “Favourites.”
Hooks is a FREE download from the App Store.