How to silence your Apple Watch

Here’s how you can set your Apple Watch to silent mode, so you won’t have to hear any annoying noises when you get a notification alert.

One of the great things about the Apple Watch is how convenient it is to get notifications. However, it can also be annoying to hear notification chimes while wearing your watch.

Not to worry, it’s quick and easy to set your Apple Watch to silent mode so you can avoid unwanted noises.

Two ways to silence your Apple Watch

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You can silence your Apple Watch right from the watch itself, or you can do it via the Watch app on your iPhone. Either way works and it takes just a few seconds to mute your watch's sounds.

Here’s how you can do it right on your Apple Watch:

1. Tap on the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

2. Tap on Sounds & Haptics.

3. Tap the Mute switch to silence your Apple Watch.

And here's how you can do it on your iPhone:

1. Tap on the Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on Sounds & Haptics.

3. Tap on the Silent Mode switch.

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Why I keep my Apple Watch silenced

I decided to keep my Apple Watch silenced a long time ago, shortly after I got it. I didn’t like hearing any sort of noises from it, particularly if I was in a social situation. I found it to be too disruptive.

But once my Apple Watch was in silent mode, I received only discrete taps on my wrist for notifications. I could quickly glance at my watch to see the notification, and nobody was the wiser that I had briefly switched my attention from the social situation. It was a much politer way of handling notifications and other alerts.

And, of course, none of my friends or family were bothered by hearing noises from my Apple Watch. That alone is worth putting your Apple Watch into silent mode.Can you imagine how annoying it would be if everybody who has an Apple Watch left the sounds on when you were at a party or other gathering?

It would sort of be like how it is now with people's smartphones going off every five seconds with one alert after another. Perhaps I should write another post about how to silence iPhone notifications.

The less gadget noise we all hear, the better.

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