How to Hide the Red Dot at the Top of the Apple Watch Screen

You might have noticed a red dot that occasionally appears at the top of your Apple Watch screen. This red dot indicates that you have unread notifications on your device.

You can view these notifications by swiping down from the top of the Apple Watch face. This is very helpful if the primary way that you receive and view notifications is via your Apple Watch.

But if you do not use your Apple Watch for notification purposes, or if you find that the red dot is simply not aesthetically pleasing, then you may be looking for a way to stop it from appearing there.

Fortunately, this is a setting over which you have control, and it can be adjusted via the Watch app on your iPhone. Our how-to guide below will show you where to find and adjust the notification indicator setting for your Apple Watch.

How to Disable the Notification Indicator on the Apple Watch

This article was written using an iPhone 7 using iOS 10, and an Apple Watch using Watch OS 3.0. Note that you will still receive notifications on your Apple Watch after completing these steps. The only setting/feature that will change is that the red dot that typically indicates an unread notification will no longer appear.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

iphone watch icon

Step 2: Open the My Watch menu by tapping the tab at the bottom of the screen.

my watch tab in the iphone watch app

Step 3: Scroll down and tap on the Notifications option.

notification menu iphone watch app

Step 4: Turn off the Notifications Indicator option by tapping the button to the right of it. The setting is disabled when the button is in the left position, and there is no green shading around it. The red notification indicator has been disabled in the image below.

how to disable the red notification dot on the apple watch

Now that you know how to hide the red dot at the top of your Apple Watch screen, you won’t need to worry about constantly seeing it appear on the device.

The other notification option, called Notification Privacy, might be useful to you as well. Click here to find out more about what it does to see if you should disable that option, too.

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