Yelp on Apple Watch Series 5

What you need to know

  • Yelp has updated its Apple Watch app for watchOS 6.
  • The update also brings compass support for Apple Watch Series 5.
  • Those on earlier versions of Apple Watch still get a new interface and iPhone features.

If you have an Apple Watch Series 5 you can now put your built-in compass to use by finding the nearest restaurant or coffee shop with the updated Yelp app. Yelp announced the update in a press release in which it

“Now, with the Apple Watch Series 5, you’ll find a new compass feature that points you in the right direction of a local business. The compass will appear on the bottom right-hand corner of Yelp business listings. Based on where you’re facing, the compass will turn with you in real-time, providing updated estimates of how many miles or feet a business is away from you.”

Yelp's new Apple Watch app

This isn’t the only new feature in the update. Yelp has redesigned its watch app to bring over a lot of the functionality of its app for the iPhone. The Apple Watch app will now show a person’s personal preferences and favorite locations, as well as being easier to navigate with a new scrolling interface:

“Additionally, if a user has indicated their personal preferences on the Yelp iOS app, then the Yelp app on watchOS 6 will also reflect their personalized results. These businesses will be labeled “for you,” using the same recently introduced heart icon found in the iPhone app. Users with watchOS 6 will also notice that the Yelp app has a new modernized look, with an updated scrolling user interface.”

While Apple Watch Series 4 and earlier won’t be able to use the compass feature, anyone using watchOS 6 will get to use the newly designed interface as well as enjoy the personalized experience brought over from the iPhone.

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The new Yelp app is available on the App Store now.

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