This thread covers a variety of problems related to your Apple Watch Messages app. If your watch cannot receive, send, or sync text messages, follow some of the steps below.
Here are a few reasons why text messages don’t show up on your Apple Watch:
- You are currently using your iPhone instead of your Watch
- You have accidentally enabled a feature that stopped your Apple Watch from receiving text messages, doesn’t matter if that is iMessages or regular SMS
Apple Watch not receiving text messages
Check your iPhone to see if the device is currently unlocked or in session. If the iPhone is active, all text notifications, including incoming text messages, will be notified via your iPhone screen instead of your Apple Watch.
When your iPhone is being used, it could prevent text messages from showing up on your Apple Watch. To avoid that from happening, lock your iPhone or turn it off. Your Apple Watch will then start to receive text messages.
Disable Do Not Disturb Mode
Tap on your Apple Watch to see if Do Not Disturb mode is enabled. If the setting is activated, you will not be notified of any incoming text messages.
To disable this option:
- Press the Digital Crown to access your watch face.
- Swipe up to launch Glances.
- Continue to swipe left until you see Settings.
- Tap on the Do Not Disturb icon to turn it off (assuming that this feature is currently enabled).
iPhone Fail to Activate iMessage
Text messages will not go to your Apple Watch if iMessage have not been enabled on your iPhone.
- If iMessage is enabled from the Settings app, please disable it.
- Restart your iPhone or iPad.
- Go back to Settings > Messages > and enable iMessage again.
- Wait for a few minutes and see if it’s activated.
If that doesn’t help, you can try a few more tips below.
- Update to the latest firmware.
- Go to Settings > General > Restrictions and toggle off for iMessage. This could cause the “Waiting for Activation” alert.
- Sign out of your Apple ID and log back in.
- Contact your carrier and see if your plan allows the use of iMessage.
Once iMessage is initiated, you should be able to use this feature on both iPhone and Apple Watch.
Messages won’t sync with Apple Watch
If you’re having connectivity issues, your text messages may not get transferred from your iPhone to your Apple Watch.
What you can do is restart your Apple Watch.
- Press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off slider
- Drag it all the way to the right
- Press and hold the side button again until you see the Apple logo
You should also restart your iPhone. Then, disable and re-enable both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings.
Unpair your Apple Watch
If that still doesn’t help, it’s time to unpair your Apple Watch. Don’t worry. You will be able to re-pair it after.
- Take out your iPhone and Apple Watch.
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Go to My Watch > tap the (i) symbol.
- Select Unpair Apple Watch.
- Confirm the action using your Apple ID (for some people this is not required).
- Now, wait until both devices are disconnected from each other.
When you see the “Start Pairing” message, go ahead and re-pair both devices and use the backup to restore everything. Try sending a new iMessage again. This time, it will show up on your Apple Watch and iPhone.
I hope that helps.
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