Before we begin, ensure that you have the Deputy mobile app for iOS installed on your iPhone and are using an Apple Watch with watchOS Version 8.0 or later.
This article will cover:
Setting up the Deputy app on your Apple Watch
- If you haven't already, go to the App Store on your iPhone and download Deputy.
- Log into Deputy on your iPhone.
- Unlock your Apple Watch and find Deputy in the list of apps. It will automatically log you in because you are logged into Deputy on your iPhone.
Starting and ending your shift
1. Start your shifts from your Apple Watch by tapping on Start shift. You can tap on the i icon to get the shift details including location and break details.
Note: If you are starting an unscheduled shift you will also need to tap to select the Area you are working in.
2. When you have finished your shift you can tap on End shift to end your shift.
Note: Shift Questions are not supported on the WatchOS. If you need to end a shift that requires you to answer a shift question you will need to do this on the Deputy iPhone app.
Starting and ending breaks
1. Start your breaks from your Apple Watch by tapping on Start break. You may have to select from Meal Break (usually unpaid) or Break (usually paid).
2. If you have finished your break you can tap on End break to resume your shift.
Viewing your Timesheets
1. After opening the Deputy app on your Apple watch, if you swipe right to cycle through to the My Timesheets screen you can view your previous timesheets.
2. Tap on each timesheet and scroll down to view the timesheet information. You can see the timesheet was approved if it has a green tick.
Viewing your upcoming shifts
1. After opening the Deputy app on your Apple watch, if you swipe left to cycle through to the Upcoming shifts screen you can view your future shifts.
2. Tap on each shift and scroll down to view the shift details.
3. You can even set a reminder for an upcoming shift by tapping Set reminder. You can select the date and time that you would like to be reminded about the shift. eg. 2 hours before the shift begins.
Reading and sending News Feed posts
1. After opening the Deputy app on your Apple watch, if you swipe left to cycle through to the News Feed screen, here you can:
- Read posts by tapping on each one (you will need to read the post on your iPhone app if you wish to add a reaction, comment, read an attachment or confirm a post)
- Create a News Feed post by tapping on the + icon, selecting who to send the post to, typing your message or using the Apple Watch microphone function to dictate your message then tap on Post.
Adding a Deputy shift status complication to your Apple Watch face
You can add a Deputy shift status complication to your chosen Apple Watch face so that you can see the status of shift at a glance and also as a shortcut to access the Deputy app on your watch.
Read about adding complications and customising your Apple Watch face in the Apple Watch User Guide.
The different Deputy shift statuses you might see on your Apple Watch Deputy complication are:
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the WatchOS app support Shift Questions?
No. Shift Questions (Custom Timesheet Fields) are currently not supported. If you require your employees to answer Shift Questions during clock in and out, they will need to do it on the iOS app.
What location is captured on my timesheet when I clock in via Apple Watch? The location of my Apple Watch or my iPhone?
If your Apple Watch supports Cellular data then the location of your Apple Watch will be logged when you clock into your shift via your Apple Watch even if your iPhone is not nearby.
If your Apple Watch does not support Cellular then you will need your iPhone close by or a wifi connection to start your shift with your Apple Watch and then that location will be logged on your timesheet.