The connection between your iPhone and your Apple Watch comes in handy when you receive notifications or want to perform certain actions.
But you may want to know how to turn off ringtone on Apple Watch if you’ve found it to be disruptive when you receive a call on your iPhone.
How to Turn Off the Ringtone Sound on an Apple Watch
- Open the Watch app.
- Choose the My Watch tab.
- Select Phone.
- Turn off the Sound option.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to turn off ringtone on Apple Watch, including pictures of these steps.
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The Apple Watch can do a lot of the same things that your iPhone does, including playing a sound when you receive a phone call. The ability to interact with the Phone app through your watch can be surprisingly convenient, but you might find the ringtone element to be a little excessive, and feel that the haptic vibration is adequate enough to alert you to the call.
Fortunately, the ringtone sound is something that you can turn off on the watch. Our tutorial below will show you where to locate this setting through the Watch app on your iPhone so that you can customize the ringtone settings on the watch.
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How to Silence the Ringtone on the Apple Watch (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3.
The Watch being affected by these changes is an Apple Watch Series 2 using the WatchOS 3.2.3 version. These steps still work on newer Apple Watch models.
Note that these steps will only affect the ringtone sound on the watch. This won’t change any settings on the phone.
These steps will show you how to turn off the ringtone on an Apple Watch.
Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
Tap the Watch icon on your phone.
Step 2: Select the My Watch tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Choose the My Watch tab.
Step 3: Scroll down and choose the Phone option.
Select the Phone option.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Sound under the Ringtone section of the menu.
Enable the Sound option.
Now that you know how to turn off ringtone on Apple Watch you can feel confident that it won’t inadvertently make a loud noise if you get a phone call in a quiet environment.
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Frequently Asked Questions About the Apple Watch Ringtone
How do I put the Apple watch in Silent Mode?
One other option that you have aside from following our how to turn off ringer on Apple Watch instructions is to place the phone into silent mode.
You can do this by pressing the digital crown on the side of the device to return to the Home screen, then swiping up on the Apple Watch display to open its Control center, then tap the bell icon.
You will have the Apple watch muting option enabled when there is a diagonal line through the bell icon.
You can always come back here and tap the silent mode button whenever you want to enable or disable that setting.
Is there a cover to mute option on the Apple Watch?
If you don’t want to enable silent mode on your watch then you can turn on a setting where you will be able ot cover the Apple Watch face with your palm to mute it.
You can find this option by opening the Watch app on your iPhone, selecting the My Watch tab, then choosing Sounds & Haptics.
At the bottom of this menu is the Cover to Mute option which you can enable.
Note that this menu also lets you control other options as well, including haptic alerts.
There are also settings for crown haptics and system haptics which you can configure based on the types of haptic notifications that you would like to receive.
I personally like to turn haptic alerts on and turn off only the sound for the alerts and notifications on the device.
If I don’t want to use the silent button or manually turn off the ringtone for my watch, what else can I do?
If you enable the mute setting on your phone you can take advantage of that and avoid having to tap sounds or use the do not disturb button when you want some quiet time.
Simply go to Watch > My Watch > Phone > and enable the Mirror my iPhone option. This will cause the watch to use the sound and notifications from your phone.
You can also tap Sound or Haptic as well to configure those in addition to sharing the phone settings.
Is there a way to not have silent alarms on my Apple Watch?
When you put the Apple Watch into silent mode it will only affect notification sounds. Alarms and timers will still make noise when they go off.
Want to know more about the ringtones on your iPhone? Read our iPhone 11 default ringtone name article for more on this topic.
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