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 that your Apple Watch uses for alerts and notifications. 

Turn the volume up or down

Open Settings, scroll down, tap Sounds & Haptics, then tap decrease or increase. You can also tap the slider, then turn the Digital Crown.

You can change how loud an alert is, but you can't change how it sounds. 

Change the strength of taps

Make sure that you have the latest version of watchOS. Then decrease or increase the intensity of taps:

  1. Put on your Apple Watch and unlock it. For the best haptic results, the back of your Apple Watch needs skin contact. Use a snug, but comfortable fit
  2. Press the Digital Crown to see your apps, then tap the Settings app. 
  3. Scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics.
  4. Under Haptic Strength, tap decrease to decrease haptic intensity or increase to increase it.
    Sounds & Haptics screen

You can also adjust haptic alerts using your paired iPhone. Open the Apple Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Sounds & Haptics. Under Haptic Strength, drag the slider to adjust the intensity of haptic notifications. 

If you're wearing your Apple Watch and you don't feel a tap as you adjust the slider, contact Apple Support.  

Add an extra tap

To add extra emphasis to haptic alerts, you can turn on the Prominent Haptic feature. This feature sends you an additional haptic tap that pre-announces some of your other haptic alerts. 

You can turn on Prominent Haptic from your iPhone or your Apple Watch:

  • From your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Sounds & Haptics. Then turn on Prominent Haptic. 
  • From your Apple Watch, open Settings, then tap Sounds & Haptics. Then turn on Prominent Haptic.

Control Center with Silent Mode turned on

Mute your Apple Watch

You can mute your Apple Watch from Settings or Control Center:

  • Open Settings, tap Sounds & Haptics, then turn on Silent Mode.
  • Go to the watch face, swipe up to open Control Center, then tap Silent Mode icon.

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

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

Control Center screen

Swipe up on the watch face to open Control Center, then tap purple moon/do not disturb icon

Settings screen

Or open Settings, tap Do Not Disturb, then turn on the setting.

Change the 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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