How to use the Apple Watch’s Compass Waypoints and Backtrack features

The Apple Watch against a series of colorful illustrations depicting smartwatch use
While designed for the Ultra, these new compass features work on the Series 6 or later. | Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

Apple did a lot of work prepping new features for the Apple Watch Ultra. That includes redesigning the Compass app in watchOS 9 to include waypoints — points of interest — and Backtrack, the ability to retrace your steps using your watch’s GPS.

Waypoints and Backtrack aren’t limited to the Ultra, either. Anyone with an Apple Watch Series 6 or later can benefit. (That includes both generations of the Apple Watch SE.) That said, Ultra owners get some extra perks. For instance, there’s an exclusive Wayfinder watchface for the Ultra that puts the Compass app front and center. You can also use the Action button as a shortcut to drop waypoints while on the go.

But regardless of which Apple Watch model you have, Compass Waypoints and…

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Author: Victoria Song