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How to turn off the useless notification sounds on your Apple Watch

How to turn off the useless notification sounds on your Apple Watch

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One arguably overlooked feature of the Apple Watch is that it supports not just haptic notifications, but also audible ones — in fact, they're turned on by default. Calls, emails, text messages, and so on will all cause a ping to emanate from your wrist.

Perhaps there's value in this somewhere, particularly since wearing the watch automatically silences the phone that it's attached to. But since it's physically attached to your wrist, you will always feel each notification as it comes in — there's no need to hear it as well. And, notably, there's never a situation where you'd want your phone muted but it's still okay for your watch to beep and bloop unabated.

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In reality, I think that the audible notifications are a freebie bonus feature on the watch. You can use it to take calls, so there's a speaker there anyway; may as well get some extra use out of it.

Unsurprisingly, these Apple Watch sounds are already causing disruptions. From today's LG G4 announcement event in Lower Manhattan:

So the move here is to disable notification sounds on the watch entirely, while leaving haptics enabled (in my case, I use Prominent Haptic to make sure I feel notifications as they come in, even when I'm walking and the watch is jostling around). To do this, open the Apple Watch app on your phone, go to Sounds & Haptics, then slide the Alert Volume slider all the way to the left. (You can also do it on the watch, it's just easier from the phone.) Like so:

Apple Watch sounds

If nothing else, this'll save you some embarrassment in a movie theater at some point. Your fellow moviegoers will thank you.