Today we want to talk about Time Travel. No, we don’t mean actually going forward and backward temporarily. Rather, we want to talk about Time Travel as it pertains to the Apple Watch, what it is for, and what it does.

If you own an Apple Watch, then you might be wondering what the heck is going on when you spin the digital crown while it is showing a watch face. You’ll notice that the time will shift forward and depending on which watch face you have showing,

Time Travel works in conjunction with each particular watch face’s characteristics as well as any complications that may arise. Complications are simply things that happen during the course of a day, whether it’s sunrise/sunset, weather events, meetings and appointments, or anything else that may occur and display on the watch face. You can even add third-party complications to your Watch so it is has further functionality.

Let’s look at some examples of what different watch faces can display. One of the most comprehensive examples of Time Travel can be found on the Modular watch face.

In the example on the left, we see the current time and date but when we spin the digital crown ahead (or back) a little over 9 hours (you can see how far forward or backward in the upper-right corner), the watch face shows us the time at that point, that we have no more events, and what the temperature is expected to be.

If we go further ahead, the temperature, time, and date will change. If we have any further events, those will appear as well.

Here is an example of the Astronomy watch face. Here we see the current phase of the moon and if we spin the digital crown ahead 23 days, the face shows us there will be a full moon on December 25th.

If we tap on the solar system view, we can view the alignment of the planets on this day, or at some point in the future.

The Solar watch face will display where the sun is in the sky now, and on the right we see where it will be in about seven hours at sunset.

Time Travel doesn’t work with all watch faces including Motion, Timelapse, Photo Album, and X-Large. Moreover, some features will obviously not be available with all Time Travel compatible watch faces. So, it really all depends on which face you want to use and what you want to use it for. You may not need to know what events you have coming up or care what the temperature will be in the next 12 hours.

On the other hand, Time Travel is very useful for anyone with a busy schedule or who simply wants to be in-the-know about upcoming as well as previous complications.

As you can see, Time Travel is a very simple concept to grasp and utilize so if you find yourself wondering what the rest of your day or week holds in store for you, it’s a great of staying abreast of your schedule.

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