Not Getting Notifications on your Apple Watch? Here is a Fix

When your Apple Watch fails to show any notification, you can follow four different methods to solve the problem.

Apple Watch comes quite handy when you want to check your email and other important notifications. By default, you receive notifications on your iPhone, but since your iPhone is locked or in sleep mode, you can easily check those notifications on your Apple Watch, which is paired with your iPhone.

But sometimes your Apple Watch fails to show you notifications for some unforeseen reasons. There are some possible solutions we have found by “tempering” our Apple Watch and iPhone.

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Notifications Not Working on Apple Watch

Not Getting Notifications on Apple Watch: How to Fix

Do Not Disturb Mode
Make sure that you haven’t put your Apple Watch on “Do Not Disturb” mode. This will send all notifications to your iPhone and not to your watch.

Customized Notification
Apple Watch notifications are set up to reflect your iPhone settings. This means if you have set up iPhone Mail app to notify only VIP mails, you can see only VIP 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 on your Apple Watch by following simple steps:

Step #1. Launch Watch app on the iPhone → Tap on My Watch tab → Tap on Notifications.

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Tap on Notifications in Apple Watch App on iPhone

Step #2. Tap an app.

Tap on App in Notifications Settings in Apple Watch App

If you want the app’s notification settings to reflect settings on your iPhone, tap Mirror my iPhone. If you want to use different notification settings just for your Apple Watch, tap Custom.

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Customize Apple Watch Notifications

Cover to Mute Option
Open Apple Watch App on iPhone → tap on My Watch → under the Sounds and Haptics section, you can find “Cover to Mute” option. Turn this option OFF. After turning this off, you will start getting notifications on your Apple Watch. Now you can turn the option ON.

Tap on Sounds & Haptics on Apple Watch App in iPhone

Turn Off Cover to Mute in Apple Watch App on iPhone

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Wrist Detection
Turn off Wrist Watch Detection option.

Step #1. Launch Watch app on the iPhone → Tap on My Watch.

Step #2. Tap on Tap on General.

Tap on General in Apple Watch App on iPhone

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Step #3. Turn off Wrist Detection option.

Turn Off Wrist Detection in Apple Watch

Now you will get all notifications on your Apple Watch. If this trick works on your Watch, then you should conclude that Infrared sensor, which detects your wrist, is not working properly.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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