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Apple Watch notifications not showing? Here's how to fix it

Never miss an important notification again.

Published onMarch 31, 2024

One of the most powerful aspects of Apple’s smartwatches is its seamless integration with iPhones. Notifications are at the heart of that integration. Unfortunately, managing them is one of the most common Apple Watch problems users experience. However, if your Apple Watch notifications are not showing up, we have a simple explanation.


To ensure Apple Watch notifications show up on your wrist, keep your iPhone and wearable within Bluetooth range, disable Do Not Disturb mode, and check your notification settings in the Watch app.


Why am I not receiving notifications on my Apple Watch?

A Apple Watch displays the Control Center including Do Not Disturb enabled.
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Most likely you are not receiving notifications on your phone because your iPhone and wearable are not connected. When your watch is not connected, notifications only go to the phone. Likewise, when you set your Apple Watch in Do Not Disturb mode, your notifications will also not appear.

You may also have notifications from specific apps muted. Many apps offer customization, including completely disabling notifications.

How to fix an Apple Watch that isn’t receiving notifications

An Apple Watch users reviews their Notification settings in the Watch app on.
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To check the connection between your smartwatch and iPhone, swipe up on your watch face to access your control center. Your devices are not connected if you see the red crossed iPhone icon, a red X, or the Wi-Fi symbol. Try one of the solutions below.

  • Bring the devices closer together.
  • Ensure the devices are not in airplane mode.
  • Restart your Apple Watch and iPhone.

Likewise, if your Apple Watch is in Do Not Disturb mode, your notifications will also go to your iPhone. They should appear on your watch once you disable Do Not Disturb mode.

  • Swipe up on your watch face and tap the moon icon to disable Do Not Disturb mode.

If you receive some notifications but not all of them, you may have custom settings enabled. You will need your paired iPhone to check your notifications settings for a specific app.

  • Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  • Tap Notifications, then tap whichever app you want to check.


If your watch is vibrating but not showing notifications, it may be in Theater Mode. If that is not the case, try restarting both your watch and paired iPhone to resolve the issue.

If your Apple Watch is not vibrating, you may have haptics disabled. Open the Settings app, then scroll down to and tap Sounds & Haptics.