Apple Watch - How do I return to the Hole19 App?


Tired of raising your wrist and see the watch face instead of the Hole19 App? This article is for you. 🙂

With the WatchOS 6, the OS has undergone some changes and the last app is somehow moved to the background and the watch face will show, even with this setting set to 'Always'.

By default, the Apple Watch requires that you manually reopen apps after reactivating the screen. This is something that is controlled by Apple Watch settings and not by the apps, but below you will find a list of helpful tips!


If you own an Apple Watch Series 3 or above we have good news!

By turning ON the built-in GPS from your Apple Watch, you should not face any issues returning to the Hole19 app anymore. Please head to this article to see how to use independent GPS.


If you're using the GPS from your iPhone or if you have an Apple Watch below Series 3, please keep reading.

1 - Accidental Digital Crown activation:

This happens especially when you use the Apple Watch and the glove on the same hand.

Note:  If you're right-handed and use the Apple Watch and the glove on the left hand, you'll want to see this article.

If you press the Digital Crown by mistake simply by rubbing it against your hand/glove, your Apple Watch will exit the App and show you the watch face. This screen will be the last screen shown, so when you raise your wrist you’ll see the watch face again and not the last App used. To return to the App, double-tap the digital crown as shown in the video below or simply tap the navigation icon (the turn right arrow) on the top of your screen (see picture below). 



2 - Please check that your Settings are according to the following:
Go to Settings on your Apple Watch > General > Wake Screen > Wake Screen on Wrist Raise (switch the toggle on) > Scroll down and choose for how long the Apple Watch display stays on when you tap to wake it > Scroll down and select 'Always' 


iOS13 and WatchOS 6 - If you keep scrolling down on the 'Wake Screen' settings of your Apple Watch, you'll find a new feature called 'Return to Last Session Apps'. Make sure to turn ON the switch for Hole19, as long as this option is enabled, the App will return while in session.

Apple Watch Series 5 ONLY - There's a new option available only for the Series 5: 'Always On'. It will let the Apple Watch display the watch face and time, even when your wrist is down. When you raise your wrist, Apple Watch functions fully.

For a detailed tutorial on how to switch this option, please click here.


3 - Make sure to add Hole19 to the “Dock” section:

On your iPhone go to the Watch App > My Watch tab > Scroll down > Dock > Edit > Tap on the + icon to add Hole19 and choose the position by dragging the cell > Done. Doing this allows you to access Hole19 on your Apple Watch simply by tapping the side button beneath the Digital Crown.


4 - If you deliberately lock the watch screen:

If you're using an app and you deliberately lock the screen by a quick gesture of covering the display with your hand, every time you raise your wrist or tap the digital crown, the screen that will appear is the watch face and not the last app used. To return to the Hole19 app, or any other app, unlock the watch screen (by raising your wrist or tapping the digital crown) and then double-tap the digital crown/tap the arrow icon at the top of your watch screen. It will pull your distances back up.


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