How to Put Apple Watch on Silent

The steps in this article are going to show you how to put the Apple Watch in silent mode.

  • You can activate silent mode on the Apple Watch either through the Watch app on your iPhone, or via the Control Center on the watch itself.
  • There is also a way to silence the Apple Watch through the Settings app on the watch, although it takes a little longer than the Control Center method.
  • Silent mode will still allow haptics (the vibrations) to occur. If you activate Do Not Disturb mode, then neither the sounds nor the vibrations will happen.
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How to Put the Apple Watch on Silent Mode

How to Put the Apple Watch on Silent Mode

Learn how to put the Apple Watch into silent mode, which will prevent sounds from coming out of the watch when you receive an alert or a notification.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 1 minute
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Apple Watch

Instructions

  1. Press the digital crown if you aren't on the Home screen.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the Apple Watch screen.
  3. Scroll down and tap the bell icon.

Notes

You can also put the smartwatch into silent mode by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics from the Apple Watch Settings app and turning on Silent Mode.

Similarly you can use the Watch app on your iPhone and navigate to Settings > Sounds & Haptics on the My Watch tab and activate Silent Mode there, too.

Your Apple Watch can make noises when it needs to alert you to something that’s happening. This could be something specific to the watch itself, or it could be for something that’s happening in one of the apps on a connected iPhone.

But there are many situations where it’s beneficial to mute the Apple Watch so that these sounds don’t occur. Fortunately this is something that is possible on Apple’s smartwatch, and there’s actually a few different ways to accomplish it.

Our guide below is going to show you how to put the Apple Watch on silent mode both from the Apple Watch and through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

​How to Put an Apple Watch on Silent

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.4. I am using an Apple Watch Series 2 with watchOS version 6.2.1.

Note that putting the Apple Watch into silent mode won’t stop sounds from alarms or timers if the watch is being charged.

Step 1: Return to the Apple Watch Home screen by pressing the digital crown button on the side of the watch.

Step 2: Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to open the Control Center.

swipe up from bottom of watch screen

​Step 3: Scroll down and tap the bell icon.

how to put Apple Watch on silent

While you have the Control Center open on the Apple Watch, there are a few other items to pay attention to. One is the moon icon. If you tap that icon it will put the watch into Do Not Disturb mode, which will stop all sounds, as well as prevent the vibrate part of an alert or notification.

There is also an icon that looks like two masks, which will enable Theater Mode. This turns off sounds, haptic alerts, and the Apple Watch display won’t light up either. 

Alternatively you can enable silent mode on the Apple Watch through the Settings app.

​Step 1: Press the digital crown button on the side of the watch to get to the apps menu. Note that you may need to press it a couple of times, depending where you are currently on the watch.

Step 2: Tap the Settings icon. It’s the one that looks like a gear.

open Settings on the Apple Watch

Step 3: Scroll down and choose the Sounds & Haptics option.

choose Sounds and Haptics

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Silent Mode to activate it.

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Finally you can enter silent mode through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.

Step 1: Tap the Watch icon on the iPhone.

open the Watch app

Step 2: Select the My Watch tab at the bottom-left of the screen.

select the My Watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and open the Sound & Haptics menu.

choose Sounds and Haptics

Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Silent Mode at the top of the screen to enable it.

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