See and respond to notifications on Apple Watch
Apps can send notifications to keep you informed—meeting invitations, messages, noise alerts, and Activity reminders are just a few examples. Your Apple Watch can display notifications as they arrive, but if you don’t read one right away, it’s saved so you can check it later.
WARNING: For important information about avoiding distractions that could lead to dangerous situations, see Important safety information for Apple Watch.
Respond to a notification when it arrives
If you hear or feel a notification, raise your wrist to view it.
How the notification looks depends on whether the display is active or idle.
Active display: A small banner appears at the top of the display.
Idle display: A full screen notification appears.
Tap the notification to read it.
To clear a notification, swipe down on it. Or scroll to the bottom of the notification, then tap Dismiss.
See notifications you haven’t responded to
If you don’t respond to a notification when it arrives, it’s saved in Notification Center. A red dot at the top of your watch face shows you have an unread notification. To view it, follow these steps:
From the watch face, swipe down to open Notification Center. From other screens, touch and hold the top of the screen, then swipe down.
Note: You can’t open Notification Center when viewing the Home Screen on your Apple Watch. Instead, press the Digital Crown to go to the watch face or open an app, then open Notification Center.
Swipe up or down or turn the Digital Crown to scroll the notifications list.
Tap the notification to read or respond to it.
To clear a notification from Notification Center without reading it, swipe it to the left, then tap X. To clear all notifications, scroll to the top of the screen, then tap Clear All.
If you use group notifications, tap a group to open it, then tap a notification.
Tip: To keep the red dot from appearing on the watch face, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, tap Notifications, then turn off Notifications Indicator.
Silence all notifications on Apple Watch
Touch and hold the bottom of the screen, swipe up to open Control Center, then tap .
You still feel a tap when a notification arrives. To prevent sound and taps, follow these steps:
Touch and hold the bottom of the screen, then swipe up to open Control Center.
Tap or the active Focus.
Tap Do Not Disturb, then choose an option—On, On for 1 hour, On until this evening/On until tomorrow morning, or On until I leave.
Tip: When you get a notification, you can quickly mute your Apple Watch by resting the palm of your hand on the watch display for at least three seconds. You’ll feel a tap to confirm that mute is on. Make sure you turn on Cover to Mute—open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, tap Sounds & Haptics, then turn on Cover to Mute.
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