Notifications on your Apple Watch

Customise when and how you receive notifications on your Apple Watch, so you can respond straight away or check them at your convenience.

Where you’ll see your notifications

Notifications are sent to either your Apple Watch or your iPhone, but not to both. Find out when a notification may appear on your iPhone, instead of on your Apple Watch, below.

If your iPhone is unlocked, you'll receive notifications on your iPhone instead of on your Apple Watch.

 

If your iPhone is locked or asleep, you'll receive notifications on your Apple Watch, unless your Apple Watch is locked with your passcode.

 

Some apps, such as the Noise app, are only available on your Apple Watch. Notifications for these apps won't appear on your iPhone.

The red notification icon  appears on your watch face when you receive a notification. When you dismiss notifications on your Apple Watch, they’ll also be dismissed on your iPhone. 

See all of your notifications

  1. Touch and hold the top of the watch face to open Notification Centre. You can do this from any screen.
  2. Wait for Notification Centre to appear, then swipe down. 
  3. To scroll, turn the Digital Crown or swipe up and down on the watch face.
  4. To read a notification, tap it. To read grouped notifications, tap a stack, then tap a notification.
  5. To delete a notification, swipe left, then tap the delete button .

You can hide the notification icon  so it doesn't appear when you have unread notifications. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap Notifications, then turn off Notifications Indicator.

Clear all of your notifications

You can clear all of your notifications at once:

  1. Touch and hold the top of the watch face to open Notification Centre.
  2. Turn the Digital Crown or swipe down on the watch face until you get to the top.
  3. Tap Clear All.

Manage notifications

Your Apple Watch notifications mirror your iPhone settings, but you can customise the settings for each app. In watchOS 5 and later, notifications can be organised by app and grouped in stacks in Notification Centre. For example, all of your activity notifications can appear in a stack. You can also choose whether you want to receive alerts for notifications, want them to appear silently or to not appear at all. 

 

How to change how you receive notifications on your Apple Watch

  1. Touch and hold the top of the watch face. 
  2. Wait for Notification Centre to appear, then swipe down.
  3. Swipe left on a notification, then tap the more button .
  4. If you don't want to hear sounds or receive haptic alerts for that app, tap Deliver Quietly. Notifications for that app will be sent directly to Notification Centre on both your Apple Watch and your iPhone, instead of displaying a notification with a sound or haptic alert.
  5. If you don't want to receive notifications for that app, tap Turn Off on Apple Watch.

To see or hear these notifications again, swipe left on a notification from the app, tap the more icon , then tap Deliver Prominently.

Customise your notification settings

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab. 
  2. Tap Notifications. 
  3. Tap an app. Different apps have different options. To use the same notification settings on your Apple Watch and your iPhone, tap Mirror my iPhone. Some apps allow you to customise your notifications. When you customise an app's notification settings, you can choose from these options:
    • Allow Notifications: notifications will appear in Notification Centre and your Apple Watch will alert you. 
    • Send to Notification Centre: notifications are sent directly to Notification Centre without your Apple Watch alerting you.
    • Notifications Off: the app won't send you any notifications.
  4. If you customise an app's notifications, you can also group notifications from that app. Tap Notification grouping, then choose an option: Off, Automatically or By app.

If you can't customise an app, you can still turn off its notifications. Scroll down to the Mirror iPhone Alerts From section and turn off the setting next to the app. 

Find out how to change audio settings for notifications

Keep notifications private

When you raise your wrist to see a notification, you'll see a quick summary, then the full details will be appear a few seconds later. Here's how to stop the full details from appearing in the notification:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab. 
  2. Tap Notifications, then turn on Notification Privacy. 
  3. When you receive a notification, tap it to see the full details. 

Manage short look notifications

Regardless of whether your Apple Watch is locked or unlocked, you'll see short look notifications by default. A short look is a single screen that shows the notifying app’s name and icon along with the notification title. You can choose to turn off short look notifications when Apple Watch is locked:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Notifications, then turn off Always Show Short Looks.

If you can't see notifications on your Apple Watch

When your devices are disconnected, your notifications will appear on your iPhone instead of your Apple Watch. To check your connection, swipe up on the watch face to open Control Centre. If your devices are disconnected, you may see the red iPhone icon , the red X icon  or the Wi-Fi icon . Try to connect your iPhone and Apple Watch.

When your Apple Watch is locked or if you've turned on Do Not Disturb, your notifications will be sent to your iPhone:

  • When your Apple Watch is locked, the lock icon  appears on the watch face.
  • When Do Not Disturb is turned on, the Do Not Disturb icon  appears on the watch face. To turn this feature off, swipe up on the watch face, then tap the Do Not Disturb button .

For third-party apps, notifications will only be delivered if your paired iPhone is also connected to a network. 

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