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Apple Watch Primer

Urban Airship supports push to Apple Watch. This topic guide covers the new interfaces for Apple Watch notifications and the process of sending notifications to Apple Watch via the Urban Airship API.

When testing Apple Watch notifications, keep in mind that you must configure it to receive notifications in the Apple Watch app on the connected iPhone. The Apple Watch must also be worn to receive notifications.

Apple Watch Notification Display Styles

When paired with a user’s iPhone, Apple Watch can display local or remote notifications in one of two interfaces:

  • Short-Look Interface
  • Long-Look Interface

Short-Look Interface

Apple Watch will display notifications in two stages. The first stage is the Short Look which displays initially when a user receives a notification and raises their wrist:

This view showcases quickly-accessible information about the notification. The title key, addresses truncation of the full alert.

Long-Look Interface

A long look view displays the full notification text, with the option to include interactive buttons to enable users to take action directly from the notification:

Push to Apple Watch

For information about pushing to Apple Watch via the API, please see the title and category documentation. For the UI, see Optional Message Features: Title.

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