How to Turn Off Breathe on Apple Watch

How to customize your Breathe reminders

What to Know

  • For watchOS 3 through 7: Go to Breathe > Breathe Reminders > None in the Watch iOS app.
  • For watchOS 8: Go to Watch app > Mindfulness and turn all switches under Mindfulness Reminders to off/white.
  • Alternatively, follow the same instructions in the Settings app for watchOS.

The Apple Watch puts a lot of useful information right on your wrist, but it's possible you Instructions in this article apply to devices running watchOS 3.0 and later; in watchOS 8, Apple renamed the Breathe app to "Mindfulness," and you'll follow slightly different instructions.

How to Turn Off Breathe Reminders in watchOS 3 Through watch OS 7

Follow these steps to deactivate reminders if your Apple Watch has the Breathe app. These instructions use the Watch app for iPhone, but you can find the same options in the Settings app on the Apple Watch.

  1. In the Watch app for iOS, scroll down and select Breathe.

  2. Tap Breathe Reminders.

  3. Choose None.

    The process to set Breathe Reminders to "None" in the Watch app for iOS
  4. Another way to hide reminders is to select Notifications Off on the second screen, but using the method above will save you a step if you decide you want to use Breathe in the future.

How to Turn Off Mindfulness Reminders in watchOS 8 and Later

The process for silencing the newer Mindfulness app is also easiest through the Watch app for iPhone, but the instructions are the same in the Settings app in watchOS.

  1. In the Watch app, select Mindfulness.

  2. Under the Mindfulness Reminders heading, tap the two toggle switches next to Start of Day and End of Day to off/white.

  3. Alternatively, select Notifications Off in the area above this section.

    Two ways to turn off notifications for the Mindfulness app in Watch for iOS

Can I Customize My Breathe Reminders?

If you're not ready to get rid of the Breathe or Mindfulness apps completely, you can also make them prompt you less often. To make this adjustment for Breathe, open the Watch app on your iPhone, and then go to Breathe > Breathe Reminders and choose how many reminders you want per day (between one and 10).

Changing the number of Breathe Reminders in the Watch app for iOS

For Mindfulness, use the iPhone Watch app and tap Mindfulness > Add Reminder, and then set the time you want to have your breathing session. Select Repeat to choose which days you want the notification to occur, or uncheck all of the options to make the reminder a one-off.

Adding a reminder to the Mindfulness app

You can also access these options through your Apple Watch directly by opening the Settings app and going to Breathe or Mindfulness and following these same instructions.

What Triggers the Breathe Notification on Apple Watch?

Unlike the Apple Watch's Stand notification, which activates if the device hasn't sensed you moving around in the first 50 minutes of an hour, the Breathe notification depends on triggers you set ahead of time.

By default, the Breathe app reminds you to take a break every four hours. The Mindfulness app scales it back a little and prompts you at the start and end of each day. You can add more or fewer notifications if you prefer, or you can use a variety of methods to turn them off altogether.

How Do I Turn Off Breathe Reminders?

You can turn off reminders for Breathe and Mindfulness through the Watch app on your iPhone. The instructions are slightly different based on which version of watchOS you're running, which determines which of the two apps you use.

A quick and thorough way to stop Breathe and Mindfulness reminders from happening is to delete the apps from your Apple Watch, but if you think you might use them someday, it's easier to eliminate or mute notifications.

FAQ
  • Can I uninstall the Breathe application on my Apple Watch?

    It depends. If your device runs watchOS 6 or later, you can delete preloaded apps like Breathe, Stocks, and Podcasts. It's not possible to delete such apps in older versions of watchOS.

  • How do I turn off my Apple Watch?

    To turn off an Apple Watch, hold down the side button on the watch until the Power Off slider appears, then drag the slider to the right. To force restart, press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, then release the buttons when you see the Apple logo.

  • How do I turn off Power Reserve on my Apple Watch?

    To turn off Power Reserve on an Apple Watch, tap the battery indicator on your Apple Watch face. Drag the Power Reserve slider from left to right, then tap Proceed.

  • How do I turn off the sound on my Apple Watch?

    To turn off the sound on an Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the Silent Mode icon (the bell) To turn Silent Mode off, swipe up and select the Silent Mode icon again so that it is no longer red.

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