Apple Watch: Which Notifications to Receive

Apple Watch can display notifications from its own apps and from iPhone. Users can choose which notifications to receive and whether to receive haptic or sound notifications for each app. You can also choose whether to have the notification indicator on Apple Watch alert you to unread notification. You can enable or disable Notifications Privacy (in which case the details of each notification will be hidden until you tap an alert.

Apple Watch: How to Choose What Notifications to Receive

  • Press Home on iPhone to display the Home screen.
  • Tap Apple Watch to open the Apple Watch.
  • Tap My Watch to display the My Watch screen.
  • Tap Notifications to display the Notifications screen.
  • Set the Notifications Indicator switch to On to make Apple Watch display a red dot at the top of the screen to alert you to new notification.
  • Set the Notification Privacy switch to On to hide notification details until you tap an alert.
  • Tap the app you want to configure to display the app’s screen.
  • Specify which notification to receive by setting each switch to On according to your preference.
  • Choose other options, such as Progress Updates in the Activity app.
  • Tap Notifications to display the Notifications screen again.
  • Tap another app to display the app’s screen.

(Note than many apps use the Mirror My iPhone setting by default. To use the iPhone settings for this app, tap Mirror my iPhone and skin the remaining steps. To choose custom settings, tap Custom and follow the remaining steps).

  • When the Alerts section appears, set the Show Alerts switch On.
  • Tap an alerts category, and the screen for that alerts category will appear.
  • Set the Show Alerts switch for the category, such as the Show Upcoming Event Alerts to On if you want to receive alerts.
  • Set the Sound switch to On or Off, according to your preferences.
  • Set the Haptic switch to On or Off, according to your preferences.
  • Tap the button in the upper-left corner twice to see the Notifications screen again.
  • You can also configure notifications for other apps.
  • In the Mirror iPhone Alerts From area, set each switch on On or Off, as you prefer.

Which Notifications and Types of Alerts to Receive?

People use their Apple Watch in an amazing variety of ways, so you choose your own preferences. However, many experts recommend that you allow notifications on Apple Watch from only those apps that offer an active benefit. If you are not an adept of Photos or Passbook & Apple Pay, they may be not worthy of notifications, while Phone, Messages, Mail or Calendar are much more important to you. If you use Apple Watch in public, turn on haptic alerts. This gives you a discreet prod in the wrist. Turn off sound alerts, if not anybody around will know that the game is afoot.

A Few Tips on Apple Watch

Unlocking Mac from Apple Watch: There is a way that you can use your Apple Watch original (sometimes people say Apple Watch Series 1 or even Apple Watch 1st generation) and your Apple Watch Series 2 to skip typing in a password on your Mac to get access. If you want to pair the two devices together, you should make sure they are both signed into the same iCloud account. Then go to your Mac (make sure it’s running macOS Sierra or later) and choose System Preferences. Once there choose Security & Privacy and General. Once in General you’ll be able to set the Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. Make sure two-factor authentication is enabled as well on your Mac. For this head to System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details > Security.

Sharing Activity rings: Apple’s answer to Fitbit, Garmin and the rest of the fitness tracker fraternity is its Activity platform. That’s where all of your daily movements are recorded. In its latest iteration you can now share activity progress with other Apple Watch users. To do it you need to add friends, which has to be done by going to the dedicated Activity app on your iPhone. You can then select Sharing and hit the + icon in the corner to add contacts.

Discreetly view the time: On the second series of Apple Watch, if you want to check in on the time without raising your wrist, slowly twist the digital crown upwards and it’ll brighten up the screen gradually to let you peek in instead of fully illuminating the watch screen.


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Understanding Notifications on Apple Watch. Video published by iDB on May 24, 2015.


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