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Apple Watch Not Ringing on Incoming Calls? Tips to Fix It

Tips to Fix Apple Watch not Ringing on Incoming Calls

Your Apple Watch is an invaluable gadget to stay connected when you can’t reach your iPhone. If the phone is locked or asleep, you will still receive your selected notifications or incoming calls on your watch for convenience.

So, it can be frustrating when your watch doesn’t ring to alert you about calls. If you’re wondering how to fix Apple Watch not ringing on incoming calls, try the tips below.

  1. Make Sure Do Not Disturb is Turned Off
  2. Check Notification Settings
  3. Restart Your Apple Watch and iPhone
  4. Temporarily disable the passcode on Apple Watch
  5. Turn On Wake Screen
  6. Refresh your Contacts
  7. Update your Watch and iPhone
  8. Unpair and repair your Apple Watch

1. Make Sure Do Not Disturb is Turned Off

If your phone or watch is on Do Not Disturb mode, it will not ring when you’re receiving a call.

Go to SettingsDo Not Disturb and make sure it is disabled.

Make sure Do Not Disturb is turned off on iPhone

Similarly, ensure your iPhone is not on Silent mode.

Further, swipe down on your watch face and check in the Control Centre that ‘Do Not Disturb,’ ‘Silent,’ and ‘Theatre’ Modes are disabled.

In the Watch app on your phone, go to Sound and Haptics and toggle off Cover to Mute.

In the Watch app on iPhone, Go to Sound and Haptics then toggle off Cover to Mute

2. Check Notification Settings

If Notification Privacy is enabled, it might prevent your Apple Watch from alerting you about incoming calls. To prevent this, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and in the My Watch tab, tap on Notifications. Toggle off Notification Privacy.

Toggle off Notification Privacy in Apple Watch app on iPhone

Also, on your Apple Watch, go to SettingsNotifications → toggle off Notifications Privacy.

Toggle off Notification Privacy Apple Watch

Secondly, see that your Apple Watch notifications settings mirror your iPhone. Go to the Watch appMy WatchNotificationsPhone and select Mirror My Phone.

Make sure your Apple Watch notifications settings mirror your iPhone

Note: Your phone must be connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network to receive notifications.

3. Restart Your Apple Watch and iPhone

If your notification settings are correct, you can restart your iPhone and Apple Watch to resolve any temporary technical glitches.

  • To restart your Apple Watch, press and hold the side button until you see the slider. Drag the slider and wait until your watch turns off. Once done, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
  • To restart iPhone X and later, press and hold the side button and either of the volume buttons until you see the slider appear. Drag it to switch off your phone. Wait a few seconds and press and hold the side button again to restart your device.
  • On older iPhones, press and hold the side button until you see the slider, drag it to turn off your phone. Wait a few seconds and then press and hold the side button again to restart your device.

4. Temporarily Disable the Passcode on Apple Watch

If you use a passcode on your Apple Watch, try turning it off and check if that fixes the incoming call alert issue. On your watch, go to SettingsPasscodeTurn Passcode Off.

Temporarily Disable the Passcode on Apple Watch

See if this resolves the issue of incoming calls not ringing on Apple Watch.

5. Turn On Wake Screen

The display on Apple Watch does not automatically wake when you’re getting an incoming call notification. It can be configured to turn on when you raise your wrist.

On your iPhone, go to the Watch app → My Watch tab → GeneralWake Screen. Toggle ON Wake Screen on Wrist Raise.

Turn On Wake Screen in Watch app on iPhone

6. Refresh your Contacts

Sometimes, if you’re having problems with contacts showing up on your Apple Watch, try the following:

On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then go to My WatchGeneralResetReset Sync Data. Wait while the process completes.

Refresh your Contacts by Resetinf Sync Data in watch app on iPhone

7. Update your Watch and iPhone

If you still haven’t been able to sort this out, you should make sure that both your phone and watch are updated with the latest software.

On your watch, go to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update and if there is one available, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it. Open Settings App and Select Genertal and Tap on Software Update on Apple Watch

Similarly, on your iPhone, go to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update and see if any updates are available.

open settings tap on general and then tap on software update

8. Unpair and Repair your Apple Watch

Finally, if you continue to face problems, you should unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone and then pair it again.

Solved: Apple Watch Not Ringing on Incoming Calls

I hope these tips have helped you fix your Apple Watch’s issue. Let us know in the comments below which solution worked for you. If you have further questions, ask away.

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