Apple Watch Notifications: The Complete Guide

The Apple Watch notifications screen enables the owner of an Apple Watch to keep up to date with the incoming information. He or she taps a notification to go to the app that raised the corresponding notification. The user can dismiss a notification no longer needed, or dismiss all notifications to clear the slate.

Apple Watch Notifications

How to Work with Notifications

  • Lift the wrist to wake Apple Watch, you’ll see the watch face.
  • The red dot on the watch face (just above the watch face) will indicate that there are unread notifications.
  • Swipe down to see the Notifications screen.
  • To choose among the notifications, tap the notification you want to read. This notification will open in the appropriate app (Messages, Mail, etc.)
  • Tap Reply to reply to the message.
  • Tap Dismiss to dismiss the message. In this case, the notification screen will show again.
  • If you want to react to another notification, tap it to view this notification in the appropriate app.
  • Force-touch the screen to see the Clear All button.
  • When you see Clear All button, touch it, and Apple Watch will clear all the notifications. Then the watch face will appear again.

How to Turn off Notifications

Getting notifications is a great way to stay up to date. However, it’s recommended to prune the list of apps that can give you notifications to a sensible minimum. This will help you avoid unnecessary distractions and it will cut down on power consumption. Indeed your Apple Watch will not need to retrieve useless notifications, and thus you’ll save the battery life and you’ll not be distracted when the device tries to get your attention vibrating and displaying notifications that can easily wait.

How to Clear All the Notifications

Unlike iPhone, the user can clear all the notifications on the Apple Watch at once. Besides, if you don’t want to clean up the entire notifications at one go, you can choose to clear some specific notifications. Keep in mind that, when you remove any notification on your watch, it automatically disappears from iPhone too:

  • On Apple Watch, click the Digital Crown to go to the watch face, if you are not already there.
  • Swipe down from top of watch face to bring up Notification Center.
  • Then, you need to scroll to the notification which you desire to remove.
  • Next up, swipe from right to left to bring up X button.
  • Tap on this X button to remove the notification.

If you want to clean up all the notifications at once to free up space on your watch, here is how you should proceed:

Follow all the above mentioned steps and then do the following:

  • Press firmly on the screen.
  • When the X button appears on the screen, tap on it to clear the entire notifications at once.

You can repeat these steps to keep the Notification Center cleaned.

How to Enable Notifications on Apple Watch and iPhone

In order to have notifications enabled on the iPhone and the Apple Watch, you need to turn off wrist detection on the smartwatch. To do this, open the Apple Watch companion app on your iPhone. Then you should navigate to the following path: Apple Watch app > General > Wrist Detection. Now toggle this option to off, ignore the warning, and you’re good to go. If notifications do not arrive on both devices just yet, reboot them, and then everything should be just the way it’s supposed to be.

Troubleshooting with Notifications on Apple Watch

Sometimes your Apple Watch fails to show you notifications for some unforeseen reasons. There are some possible solutions:

Customized Notifications: On Apple Watch, notifications are set up to reflect your iPhone settings. In other words, if you have set up iPhone Mail app to notify only Office mails, you can see only Office email notifications on your Apple Watch. Please check if you have done any such set-up in your iPhone; if you have done such a set-up, you can customize the notifications.

  • Launch Watch app on the iPhone – Tap on My Watch tab, then tap on Notifications and then tap on app.
  • If you want the app’s notification settings to reflect settings on your iPhone, tap Mirror my iPhone. However, if you want to use different notification settings just for your Apple Watch, tap Custom.
  • Cover to Mute Option: Open Apple Watch App on iPhone, tap on My Watch.
  • Once there under the Sounds and Haptics section, you will find Cover to Mute option. Turn the Cover to Mute option OFF. After turning this option off, you will start getting notifications on your Apple Watch. Now you can turn the option ON.
  • Wrist Detection: Turn off Wrist Watch Detection option by launching Watch app on the iPhone, tapping on My Watch and then tapping on General. Then turn off Wrist Detection option.
  • Make sure that your Apple Watch is not on Do Not Disturb mode. If it is, the system will send all notifications to your iPhone and not to your Apple watch.

Now you will get all notifications on your Apple Watch.

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How-To Clear All Notifications At Once On The Apple Watch. Published by 619b3rt , on May 12, 2015.


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