Today’s the day! A number of you (and a number of us) are finally going to be able to play with the latest and greatest addition to our gadget family: Apple Watch. No doubt, once you have sent your heartbeat to someone, put in your height and weight measurements for fitness tracking, and marveled at just how cool the haptic feedback is, you’re going to start playing with all the apps that have added support for Apple Watch. As you may have noticed from our latest iOS update, 1Password is one of those apps. We’re thrilled to introduce 1Password for Apple Watch and answer all of your burning questions about this handy little companion app to 1Password for iOS.
Is all of my 1Password data on my watch?
Nope! Much like Apple Watch is a companion device to your iPhone, 1Password for Apple Watch is a companion app to 1Password for iOS. After you enable Apple Watch functionality in 1Password’s settings, a new option will appear on the item detail screen which will allow you to “Add to Apple Watch”. You choose which pieces of information you want to make available on your Apple Watch. Logins, Passwords, Credit Cards, and Secure Notes are all fair game to add to Apple Watch.
What am I going to use this for?
When Apple Watch was announced, we immediately began brainstorming ways to bring 1Password to this incredibly personal device. Our first idea was a bit of a no-brainer: the small screen of Apple Watch, coupled with being able to access it quickly, made it the ideal place for one time passwords (TOTP). For a long time that was all our Apple Watch app did; however, after some more thought we realized it could be used for so much more.
As a recent blog post explains, 1Password can be used to store all kinds of information beyond website logins. Locker combinations, bike lock combinations, garage door codes, office keyless entry codes, banking PINs…. All of these pieces of information can be stored in 1Password, and with the introduction of Apple Watch they can now be stored on your wrist.
This is where 1Password for Apple Watch shines: Small pieces of secure data that you need throughout your day can literally be kept within arm’s reach at all times.
Ok, I’m in! How do I get started?
We have a much more detailed User Guide that goes in-depth on how to set up 1Password for Apple Watch, but we’ll give you the 30,000 foot view of it here.
Step 1: Open 1Password for iOS and tap on Settings > Apple Watch > Enable Apple Watch. Set a PIN code for use on Apple Watch, and you’re good to go.
Step 2: Add an item to your Apple Watch by tapping on “Add to Apple Watch” in the item details screen.
There is no step three! (And no, we didn’t cheat by starting at zero).
Well this sounds lovely
We hope you love using 1Password on your Apple Watch as much as on all of your other devices! How will you use it to help keep all of your bits of information easily accessible? Leave a note in the comments and let us know.