Apple Watch Not Getting Notifications? Here Are 9 Ways to Fix It

Apple Watch conveniently lets you glance at the incoming app notifications, which can be extremely handy. However, if you no longer receive these notifications on your wrist, you might wonder where to begin looking for the problem and address it. In this detailed guide, we have mentioned nine tested solutions that show how you can fix the Apple Watch is not getting notifications issue. Take a look.

  1. Make Sure Apple Watch and iPhone Are Connected
  2. Turn Off Do Not Disturb
  3. Ensure Apple Watch Is Not Locked
  4. Double Check That Notifications Are Enabled
  5. Connect iPhone To Network For Third-Party App Notifications
  6. Update Apple Watch and iPhone
  7. Reset Sync To Fix Contacts and Calendars Issues
  8. Force Restart the Apple Watch
  9. Unpair and Repair Apple Watch

1. Make Sure Apple Watch and iPhone Are Connected

To check, swipe up from the bottom of the watch screen to access the Control Center. If you see a green iPhone icon in top-left, that means both devices are connected.

In case you see any other symbol like a red iPhone icon or red cross, or the Wi-Fi icon, please connect both the devices by enabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. If it does not work, please see how to pair Apple Watch with iPhone.

Note: If you have enabled AirPlane mode on the watch or the iPhone, turn it off.

2. Turn Off Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb ensures that you are not intruded by any incoming notifications. Thus to fix our problem, it is essential to ensure that DND isn’t enabled.

Swipe up from the bottom of the Apple Watch screen to reach the Control Center. Make sure the crescent moon icon is not purple. If it is, tap on the same to disable Do Not Disturb.

turn off do not disturb on apple watch

3. Ensure Apple Watch Is Not Locked

Do you see a tiny lock icon on the watch face? If yes, that means your Apple Watch is locked via a passcode, and thus notifications by design are not sent to a locked watch but the iPhone instead.

Unlock your watch by entering the passcode, and you should start receiving the notification here.

unlock your apple watch

Note: You will get the notification on the Apple Watch only when the iPhone is locked or asleep. If you are using the iPhone, the alerts will appear here and not on the watch.

4. Double Check That Notifications Are Enabled

You might have turned off Apple Watch notifications for some situations, which is still in action. Let’s make sure that everything is in order.

  1. Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and tap on Notifications.
  2. Tap on one of the inbuilt apps like Activity and make sure Allow Notifications is checked. open watch app tap on notifications in my watch tab tap on activity and select allow notification on iphoneFor other apps like Messages, ensure that ‘Mirror my iPhone‘ is checked. If you have chosen to use custom settings, ensure that Allow Notifications, Sound, Haptic (according to your choice) are enabled.check notifications are enabled for in-built apps in ios watch app
  3. For third-party apps, make sure the toggle under ‘MIRROR IPHONE ALERTS FROM:‘ is enabled.check notifications are enabled for third-party apps on iphone

Note: If you have turned off third-party app notifications for the iPhone, you will not see that app name in step 3.

5. Connect iPhone To Network For Third-Party App Notifications

This goes without saying that to receive notifications for a third-party app like WhatsApp, your iPhone must be connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data.

make sure iphone is connected to wifi or cellular data

If it isn’t, open the Settings app on the iPhone and connect to a Wi-Fi network or turn on cellular data.

6. Update Apple Watch and iPhone

Sometimes, notification delivery might suffer due to a glitch in watchOS. Thus it is of prime importance to run the latest version of watchOS on your wearable. You can update directly from the watch or follow the below steps on the iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app and tap on General.
  2. Tap on Software Update.
  3. Tap on Download and Install. If you see Install Now, that means the update file is already downloaded. Tap on it and follow along.update apple watch from watch app on iphone

To update your iPhone, open the Settings app → GeneralSoftware Update.

open settings tap on general and then tap on software update

7. Reset Sync To Fix Contacts and Calendars Issues

Do you face notification problems, particularly with calendar events or contacts? If yes, you can fix it quickly by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and tap on General.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Reset.
  3. Tap on Reset Sync Data.reset sync to fix contacts and calendars issues in watch app on iphone

8. Force Restart the Apple Watch

A simple restart might also do the trick, but in case it doesn’t bring much on the table, consider force restarting the Apple Watch.

In addition to this, it would also be a good idea to restart your iPhone to fix notification woes.

9. Unpair and Repair Apple Watch

Finally, if nothing seems to work, unpair the Apple Watch and pair it again. Make sure to follow the method that involves using the Watch app. This will create the backup and let you restore it effortlessly.

Signing Off

These are some of the real solutions to address the notification delivery problem on the Apple Watch successfully.

Additionally, some users have had luck getting notification after they turned off Wrist Detection. You can try this from the Watch app → Passcode → turn off the toggle for Wrist Detection.

A few also claim to have successfully fixed this issue by disabling ‘Cover to Mute’ from the Watch appSound & Haptics → turn off Cover to Mute.

Do you have any further related questions? If yes, please feel free to reach us via the comments section below.

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