Apple Watch Notifications: The Complete Guide

The Apple Watch notifications screen enables users to keep up with incoming information. Users can tap on a notification to go to the app that raised the corresponding notification. The user can dismiss a notification that is no longer needed, or dismiss all notifications to clear the slate.

Apple Watch Notifications

How to Work with Notifications

  • Lift your wrist to wake the Apple Watch. You’ll now 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 between 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 the Clear All button, tap 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 keep the list of apps that can give you notifications to a minimum. This will help you avoid unnecessary distractions and it will cut down on power consumption.

How to Clear All Notifications

Unlike the iPhone, users can clear all the notifications on the Apple Watch at once. If you don’t want to delete all the notifications at once, you can choose to clear specific ones. Keep in mind that, when you remove any notification on your watch, it automatically disappears from the iPhone too. To remove notifications:

  • On the Apple Watch, click the Digital Crown to go to the watch face, if you are not already there.
  • Swipe down from the top of the watch face to bring up the Notification Center.
  • Then, you need to scroll to the notification you want to remove.
  • Next, swipe from right to left to bring up the 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, you should proceed by following 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 all the notifications at once.

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

How to Enable Notifications on the Apple Watch and iPhone

In order to have notifications enabled on the iPhone and 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 fo to: 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 that should solve the problem.

Troubleshooting Notifications on Apple Watch

Sometimes your Apple Watch fails to show you notifications for unknown 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 the iPhone Mail app to notify you only of Office emails, you can see only Office email notifications on your Apple Watch. You should check the settings to see if this is the case.

  • Launch the Watch app on the iPhone – Tap on the My Watch tab, tap on Notifications, and then tap on app.
  • If you want the app’s notification settings to reflect the settings on your iPhone, tap Mirror my iPhone. However, if you want to use different notification settings for your Apple Watch, tap Custom.
  • Cover to Mute Option: Open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone and tap on My Watch.
  • Once there, under the Sounds and Haptics section, you will find the 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 the Wrist Watch Detection option by launching the Watch app on the iPhone, tapping My Watch, and then tapping General. Then, turn off the 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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  • I am having a problem with notifications. I want my apple watch to vibrate when I receive a notification but also want my phone to give me notification like it always has. Seem like now if I get a vibration on my watch about a text message I do not hear or see any notification on my phone. Can I still have that?

    • Hi, Shantal.

      You can turn off Wrist Detection in your Apple Watch. This way notifications will go to both devices. But with Wrist Detection off you can’t use Apple Pay and many other features including single unlock and Stand credit, at least, for now. Hope this helps.

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