Change the audio and notification settings on your Apple Watch

Set the volume, mute your watch, or turn on Do Not Disturb. And adjust the strength of the taps and vibrations that your Apple Watch uses for alerts and notifications. 

Turn the volume up or down

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down, then tap Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Tap decrease to decrease the volume or tap  increase to increase it. You can also tap the slider, then turn the Digital Crown.

Adjust notifications and alerts

Learn how to manage notifications and alerts. You can change when and how you get alerts and how loud the alert is, but you can't change how it sounds. 

Manage Haptic Alerts

  1. Open the Settings app. 
  2. Scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Turn Haptic Alerts on or off.
  4. To add extra emphasis to haptic alerts, tap Prominent. This feature adds an additional haptic tap that pre-announces some of your other haptic alerts. 

You can also change the settings for specific apps from your iPhone. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, go to the My Watch tab, and tap Sounds & Haptics.

If you're wearing your Apple Watch and you don't feel a tap as you adjust the slider, contact Apple Support. For the best haptic results, the back of your Apple Watch needs skin contact. Use a snug, but comfortable fit

Turn haptic settings for the Digital Crown on or off

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & Haptics, then turn Haptic Crown on or off.

The Haptic Crown is available only on Apple Watch Series 4.

Mute your Apple Watch

  1. Touch and hold the bottom of the watch face. Wait for Control Center to show, then swipe up.
  2. Tap Silent Mode icon. This turns on Silent Mode. You can still receive haptic notifications. 

To silence an alert or notification as it sounds, rest your palm on the display for at least three seconds or until you feel a tap. If it doesn't work, see if the Cover to Mute setting is on: On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, go to the My Watch tab, then tap Sounds & Haptics.

Turn on Do Not Disturb

  1. Touch and hold the bottom of the watch face. Wait for Control Center to show, then swipe up.
  2. Tap Do Not Disturb icon, then choose an option. You can manually turn off Do Not Disturb or set it for a period of time, so it automatically turns off. 

Do Not Disturb keeps calls and alerts (except for alarms) from sounding or lighting up the screen. When Do Not Disturb is on, do not disturb icon or purple moon appears at the top of the screen. 

 

Change settings from your iPhone

On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, go to the My Watch tab, and tap Sounds & Haptics.

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