How to Fix It When an Apple Watch Is Not Getting Notifications

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If your Apple Watch isn't receiving any notifications, it's likely not a permanent problem. Here's how to get notifications working properly on your Apple Watch again.

Why Is My Apple Watch Not Receiving Notifications?

When your Apple Watch stops receiving notifications, it's usually because it's lost its connection with your iPhone. When the two devices disconnect, your notifications don't bop over to your Apple Watch from the iPhone.

Check the connection remains by looking on your Apple Watch for a red iPhone icon or a red X icon. If either is present, it means the connection has been lost and you may need to move the devices closer to each other or repair your Apple Watch.

If Do Not Disturb is active on your Apple Watch, you'll also not receive notifications. Learn how to use Do Not Disturb to avoid this at inconvenient times. 

Why Isn't My Apple Watch Vibrating When I Get a Notification?

If your Apple Watch isn't vibrating when you receive a notification, you may miss the alert. Try these troubleshooting tips to restore the vibration function.

  1. Check that your Apple Watch notification settings are set up correctly so that you receive them with haptic feedback as well as via a message on your iPhone. 

  2. Try rebooting your Apple Watch. Sometimes a minor technical conflict can cause the problem.

  3. Check to see if it's every app that isn't vibrating or just one. If it's just one, check the app's settings and if it's set to vibrate. 

Troubleshoot When an Apple Watch Won't Receive Notifications 

If your Apple Watch simply won't receive notifications at all, there are a number of different things you can do to check where the issue lies. Here's a look at them.

  1. Reboot your Apple Watch. Like a lot of technology, switching your Apple Watch off and back on again can fix a lot of issues. 

  2. Check your notification settings. Check that your Apple Watch and iPhone are set up to share notifications. 

  3. Check you're wearing your Apple Watch correctly. You'll only receive notifications if your Apple Watch is on your wrist. 

  4. Check your devices are connected. If your Apple Watch and iPhone aren't paired correctly, you won't receive notifications. If your Apple Watch won't pair correctly, check the connection.

  5. Turn off wrist detection. If you're wearing your Apple Watch but it doesn't appear to detect you are, switch off wrist detection to circumvent the sensor. 

  6. Switch off Cover to Mute. Similar to the Apple Watch's Do Not Disturb mode, Cover to Mute silences notifications. Switch it off by opening the Watch app then going to My Watch > Sounds & Haptics and toggling Cover to Mute off.

  7. Check that your iPhone is still receiving notifications properly and that Airplane mode isn't switched on.

  8. Update your Apple Watch and iPhone. Sometimes, both devices need an update to work properly again.

  9. Contact Apple Support. If you've tried all these fixes and your Apple Watch still won't receive notifications, you may need to have it repaired by Apple. Get in touch with Apple Support for more advice. 

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