Your Apple Watch is charging.
Do Not Disturb is on. Calls and alerts won’t ring or light up the screen until you turn this setting off. Alarms will still sound.
Theater Mode, or Theatre Mode, is on. Silent Mode is on, and the screen stays dark until you tap the screen or press a button.1 To turn it off, open Control Center and tap the icon.
When your Apple Watch connects to a Wi-Fi network instead of your iPhone, appears in the Control Center.
Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) or Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) is connected to a cellular network. The number of dots indicates signal strength.
Your Apple Watch isn't connected to your iPhone. Move your devices closer together or turn off Airplane Mode.
Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) or Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) has lost connection to the cellular network.
Water Lock is on, and the screen won't respond to taps. Turn the Digital Crown to unlock your Apple Watch.2
You received a notification. Swipe down on the watch face to read it.
Tap to switch the audio output between paired Bluetooth headsets, speakers, and accessories.
An app on your Apple Watch has used location services.
Your Apple Watch is locked. Tap to enter the passcode.
Icons for active apps
With watchOS 5, your Apple Watch shows active apps, like Walkie-Talkie or Phone , at the top of your watch face. Tap the icon to open the app. For example, if you're getting directions in Maps , the icon will appear at the top of the screen.
This appears when you use Workout. If you still see after you end your workout, restart your watch.
Tap to open Walkie-Talkie, where you can get in touch with friends instantly.
While audio plays, appears at the top of the screen.
This appears when you navigate with an app from developers other than Apple. If you still see the icon after you end your navigation, restart your watch.
If you're trying to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again and the Apple Watch app on your iPhone asks you to tap , you need to connect your devices again. Manually pairing won't connect your devices again.
- On Apple Watch Series 2 or later, you can also wake your watch by turning the Digital Crown.
- appears only on Apple Watch Series 2 or later. Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) aren't suitable for swimming. Learn about water resistance on your Apple Watch.