How to Turn off All Sound on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has a lot of technology packed into such a small device. Included in that package are some speakers that will occasionally play sounds on the device.

But you may be wondering how to turn sound off on Apple Watch if you find the sounds to be unwanted or problematic.

Fortunately, there are a couple of different ways that you can accomplish this, so continue reading our guide below and learn how.

How to Stop Playing Sounds on the Apple Watch

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the bell icon.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to turn off sound on Apple Watch, including pictures of these steps.

The Apple Watch has a bright, crisp screen that can display images and make text easy to read. But it can also play sounds, such as alerts that indicate the arrival of a new text message or a phone call.

This is helpful if you rely on those sounds to notify you of certain things, but they can be distracting if you find that the haptic feedback is enough.

Fortunately, you can control many of the sounds that come through the Apple Watch, including an option that will put the watch into Silent Mode. If you don’t want to hear any sounds from your Apple Watch, then continue reading below and see how to activate this setting on the device.

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How to Activate Silent Mode on an Apple Watch (2 Methods with Pictures)

The steps in this article are performed directly on the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch being used in this article is an Apple Watch 2 using the WatchOS 3.2.3 version. There are two different ways that you can complete this task directly from the watch. We will show you the quickest one first, then the slower method second.

Method 1 for Turning Off Apple Watch Sound

This method is the quickest, and is how I personally turn off my Apple Watch sound. it can be difficult to remember that swiping up from the bottom of the screen is an option, though, so you might want to try the second method, too, if you think the Settings app might be easier to remember.

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face.

swipe up from bottom of watch face

Step 2: Touch the bell icon to enable Silent Mode on the Apple Watch.

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Method 2 for How to Turn Sound Off on Apple Watch

The steps in this section will use the Settings app that you find on the App Switcher screen.

Step 1: Press the crown button on the side of the watch to get to the app screen, then touch the gear icon.

apple watch settings menu

Step 2: Select the Sounds & Haptics option.

apple watch sounds and haptics menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Silent Mode to activate it.

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Now that you know how to turn sound off on Apple Watch you can either do it and leave it if you never want to hear sounds coming from the watch, or you can quickly switch the sound on and off as needed.

As mentioned below, this will not silence alarms or timers if the watch is charging.

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More Information on How to Silence Your Apple Watch

The Apple watch theater mode is a really useful option that you can use in conjunction with the silent mode button.

Choosing to enable theater mode will not only turn on Apple Watch muting, but it will also shut off the Apple Watch screen.

One of the main reasons to activate theater mode is because you are watching a movie or a show in a dark environment. A bright digital screen, even one as small as the watch, can be very distracting.

When you tap Sounds & Haptics from your watch screen or from the Apple Watch app you are going to see an alert volume slider.

If you don’t want to completely disable sound alerts or haptic notifications, then you could also manually turn down the volume using the digital crown on the side of the watch.

As we just mentioned, you can also customize different sounds and haptic alerts using the Watch app on your iPhone.

By opening the Watch app, then touching the My Watch tab you will see a lot of different settings menus.

Here you can set different alert options that are custom to the watch or that mirror iPhone settings for the same apps.

You may also prefer to use the Watch app method if you have trouble with the Control Center on the watch because the buttons are so tiny.

Another option you have for silencing your watch is the cover to mute option. If the watch starts to make sounds, you can just put your hand over the watch. It will recognize this action and mute the alert sounds coming from the device.

You may also want to consider using the Do Not Disturb button on the Control Center. Activating that on the watch will shut off all of your notifications until tomorrow morning, which can be another useful solution for your sound problems.

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Frequently Asked Questions About How to Turn Off Apple Watch Sound

How can I set my Apple Watch to vibrate only?

If you don’t want your Apple Watch to make any sounds and you would like to only receive vibration or haptic alerts, then you can put the phone into silent mode.

You will find the Apple Watch Silent Moder toggle by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and tapping the bell icon. Silent Mode is enabled when the bell icon is red and has a slash through it.

You can make sure that haptic alerts are enabled by pressing the digital crown, opening the Settings app (the gear icon), then tap the Sounds & Haptics option. There you can turn Haptic Alerts on or off.

Why is my Apple Watch not making a sound when I get a text?

If you aren’t hearing any sounds then the mute setting is likely enabled. You can quickly silence or unsilence the watch by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, then tapping the bell icon.

You can also adjust additional sound options for the watch by pressing the crown button, selecting the Settings app, then choosing Sounds & Haptics.

Here you can tap sound options and enable various settings that affect the noises and haptics on the device, such as the crown haptics that play when you spin the dial.

One final place to look if your sounds are turned on is the Notifications menu in the Settings app. you can select Messages there, then see whether the notifications are mirroring your phone, or if you are using custom options for the watch.

How do I enable or disable Do Not Disturb mode on my Apple Watch?

The fastest way to turn on the Apple Watch Do Not Disturb mode is to swipe up from the bottom of the screen, then tap on the half moon icon and choose the Do Not Disturb option.

You can also enable and configure Do Not Disturb mode for your watch by pressing the digital crown on the side of the watch, tapping the gear icon, choosing the Focus option, then selecting Do Not Disturb.

From there you will be able to create a new Do Not Disturb profile where you can determine the types of notifications you would like to receive when the mode is activated.

Why is there a crescent moon icon on my Apple Watch?

You are seeing this icon because the “Do Not Disturb” mode is enabled on the watch.

You can turn this off by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to open your watch’s Control center, then you can scroll down and tap on the crescent moon icon to disable it.

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