Notifications on your Apple Watch

Your notifications will go to your iPhone or your Apple Watch, depending on the device that you're using, so you can see them as soon as possible. 

Where you’ll see your notifications

Notifications go to either your Apple Watch or iPhone, but not both. Learn when a notification might appear on your iPhone, instead of your Apple Watch, below.

"I'm on my way" message on iPhone

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

 

"I'm on my way" message on Apple Watch

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

 

When you dismiss notifications on your Apple Watch, they’re also dismissed from your iPhone.

Choose which notifications you get

You can customize the notifications for each app that you use with your Apple Watch. By default, your Apple Watch notifications mirror your iPhone settings. For example, if you set your iPhone Mail app to notify you only of VIP emails and your watch notifications mirror your iPhone, you'll see only VIP email notifications on your Apple Watch.

For built-in apps, you can choose which notifications you get:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. 
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Notifications. 
  3. Tap an app. If you want the app's notification settings to mirror settings on your iPhone, tap Mirror my iPhone. If you want to choose certain types of notifications to get on just your Apple Watch, tap Custom. 

For third-party apps, you can turn off notifications. Scroll down to the Mirror iPhone Alerts From section and turn off the setting next to the app. 

Keep notifications private

When you raise your wrist to see a notification, you see a quick summary, then full details 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.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, tap Notifications, then turn on Notification Privacy. 
  3. When you get a notification, tap it to see the full details. 

If you want to hide the notification icon

red dot icon appears on your watch face when you get a notification. You can hide the red dot, so it doesn't appear when you have unread notifications: 

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. 
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Notifications. 
  3. Turn off Notifications Indicator.

If you don't see notifications on your Apple Watch

When your devices disconnect, your notifications go to your iPhone instead of your Apple Watch. To check your connection, swipe up on the watch face to open Control Center. If your devices are disconnected, you might see red iPhone iconX icon, or Wi-Fi icon. Try to connect your iPhone and Apple Watch.

When your Apple Watch locks or you turn on Do Not Disturb, your notifications go to your iPhone.

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

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

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