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For many a year now Apple Watch owners have been able to quickly and easily switch watch faces by swiping across the screen, but Apple inexplicably chose to remove that feature when it released watchOS 10 back in September.

The switch meant that people who wanted to swap out their watch face had to tap and hold before making their decision and while it wasn’t the end of the world for most, it was a change that broke muscle memory for millions of Apple Watch owners all around the world.

Thankfully, it appears that someone at Apple Park has come to their senses and that the swipe gesture is coming back. What’s more, those who have the watchOS 10.2 beta 3 update installed can start doing it today.

The good news was brought to us by developer and code-diver @aaronp613 on X, the social network more familiar to some as Twitter. According to Aaron the watchOS 10.2 beta 3 finally brings back the feature for swiping from one watch face to another.

watchOS 10.2 beta 3 adds back the feature that allows you to swipe between watch faces!This feature was removed in watchOS 10.0 16, 2023

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It was never really clear why Apple took the decision to remove the gesture in the first place, but it’s one that it appears to be ready to quickly backtrack on. The removal of the swipe gesture was not well-received, which might explain why it’s coming back.

However, there will be some who preferred it gone — some people experienced accidental swipes which meant that they wouldn’t always see the watch face they expected the next time they raised their wrist to check the time. That could be particularly problematic for those expecting to see a particular complication, for example. Thankfully, watchOS 10.2 looks set to have the option to enable and disable the gestures under the  Settings > Clock option as noted by MacRumors.

As for when we can expect watchOS 10.2 to roll out to everyone who wants it, we don’t know yet — but the smart money is on Apple releasing the update before the holidays.

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