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What is the red dot on my Apple Watch?
If you own an Apple Watch, you might’ve noticed a small red dot at times at the top of the screen. It’s not always present, but you might be wondering what it is and why it exists. We have the answer, and it’s a lot simpler than you’d probably imagine.
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The red dot on the Apple Watch's screen signifies that you have unread notifications. Swipe down from the top of your watch's screen to read the notifications. This will remove the red dot.
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Apple Watch red dot: What is it?
The Apple Watch uses a set of icons to communicate the watch’s status, settings, and events to its wearer in a quick and easily understandable manner. Specifically, the red dot located at the top of the screen signifies that there are unread notifications on your device.
It’s relatively simple to check notifications, too. Swipe down from the top of the screen, and a list of notifications will appear. To remove a specific notification, swipe left over it and hit the X icon.
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How to switch off the Apple Watch red dot
If you don’t like the constant unread notifications reminder staring you down or ruining your watch face’s aesthetic, you can switch off the red dot.
- On your iPhone, open the Watch app and head to My Watch > Notifications > toggle off Notifications indicator. This will disable the red dot on your watch, but you’ll now have to manually check for unread notifications every once in a while.
- On your Apple Watch, press the digital crown, select Settings > Notifications > toggle off Notifications indicator.
Other Apple Watch icons
The red dot isn’t the only icon on the Apple Watch. There’s a healthy list of additional icons that signify status conditions or events on your watch. See a breakdown of some of the more common icons below:
- Green lightning bolt: The Apple Watch is charging properly
- Red lightning bolt: Your watch’s battery is low (under 10%)
- Orange airplane: Airplane mode is activated
- Purple moon: Do not disturb mode is activated
- Orange masks: Theater mode is active
- Teal bed: Sleep mode is active
- Red X: No connection to GPS or cellular services
- Blue waterdrop: Water Lock is activated, and screen touch recognition is disabled
- Blue lock: The Apple Watch is locked
- Blue direction point: An app used the Apple Watch’s location services
You can find the complete list of Apple Watch icons, including the icons of running apps, here.
Apple colored in the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 3 red to indicate the LTE variant. Notably, this didn’t prove all that popular, and the company changed the red dot to a more subtle red ring from the Series 4 onwards.
Unfortunately, no. There’s no way to change the Apple Watch’s red dot to any other color.