How to properly set up notifications on Apple Watch


I recently came across an interesting text dedicated to the fact that we live in a real notification hell. Yes, yes, it is, they are everywhere: on the phone, tablet, laptop, smart watch and even on smart speakers. Those who buy Apple Watch precisely in order to always stay in touch, after a while they can’t stand it and turn off push notifications – this starts to be wildly annoying. Instead of turning off all notifications at once, leave only the ones you need – the Apple Watch has the right options. Today we will tell you how to set up notifications on your Apple watch so that you don’t go crazy, but also don’t miss anything important.

Set up Apple Watch notifications on iPhone

Setting up notifications properly is about which apps will send them, what time they will arrive, and how you will receive them. Here’s what you can do right on your iPhone.

Get your Apple Watch notifications right

  • Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone while your smartphone is paired with your watch.
  • In the My Watch section, tap Notifications.
  • Select the desired application.
  • Scroll down and find iPhone Repeat.

So you can change notification settings on Apple Watch. For example, “Allow notifications” allows you to leave pushes in the Notification Center, accompanied by a signal on the watch. If you turn on “Send to the notification center”, then you will have to push, but without sound. And if you turn on “Notifications off”, then they will not be at all.

Grouping Apple Watch notifications

Smart watches using watchOS can group notifications : automatically and by application. The first method collects them by contacts, time and other parameters, and “By applications” – already depending on specific applications. I prefer the second way: it’s easier to find what you need by choosing one group of pushes, even though there are a lot of them.

On the other hand, if you set it to “Automatic”, then all the news will be collected in one thread, social networks or banking applications. But it will become a little more difficult to search for a specific push.

Grouping notifications allows you to quickly navigate among them

Although, it seems that grouping notifications does nothing to help you focus on things. But there is a solution: just turn on “iPhone snooze” and turn off notifications on your phone. But keep in mind that there will be no notifications even on the watch if you have Focus turned on, your Apple Watch is running out of battery , or your iPhone is far from it.

How to remove the name of Apple Watch notifications

You can make notifications on your Apple Watch private so that no one can see who they came from. The fact is that, by default, push notifications are displayed in expanded form on the clock in order to quickly read it. But it’s not always safe. Here’s what to do.

Apple Watch can hide notification text

  • Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone.
  • Select My Watch, then Notifications.
  • Click the switch next to “Privacy”.

The notification will be displayed on the watch, but only with the icon and the name of the application. The content will be hidden until you touch the clock. This way no one will read your messages but you.

How to set up notifications on Apple Watch

If you don’t have time to pick up your iPhone, you can always set up notifications right on your watch. To do this, swipe it to the left and click on the three dots. There are useful settings here.

  • Tap “Deliver quietly 1 hour” or “Don’t notify today” – messages will be sent for an hour or all day at once to the Notification Center without sound.
  • Select “Add to summary” to have push notifications appear in your notification summary so you don’t miss them and can explore them when you’re free.

And it’s also worth turning off urgent notifications : like on the iPhone, they are delivered immediately even when Focus is on, when turned on, all others are not delivered. Sometimes there are too many of them, so it’s better to turn off the function.

Apple Watch Lock Screen Notifications

While the watch screen is inactive, you can make notifications appear only when your wrist is raised. It’s very convenient, be sure to try it! Here’s what to set up.

You can set your Apple Watch to not show notifications when your hand is down

  • Open Settings on your Apple Watch.
  • Click Notifications.
  • Select Wrist Down Notifications.

Please note that this feature causes increased battery consumption . By default, notifications are not displayed if the hand is lowered – due to the accelerometer in the watch, the Apple Watch will understand what position they are in. It is better to disable this option if you want the clock not to distract you.

By the way, not everyone knows whether it is possible to answer from Apple Watch in WhatsApp. In our article , we figured out how to do it correctly, whether it is possible to use third-party applications and what to do if notifications from the messenger do not come.

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