How to Turn Off the Ringtone Sound on an Apple Watch

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.


How to Silence the Ringtone on the Apple Watch

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 2 using the WatchOS 3.2.3 version. Note that these steps will only affect the ringtone sound on the watch. This won’t change any settings on the phone.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

open the watch app



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

open the my watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and choose the Phone option.

how to change the phone settings on the apple watch



Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Sound under the Ringtone section of the menu.

how to silence the ringtone on an apple watch



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