The Apple Watch provide easier access to information and updates on my social apps. This is one of the main reason why I purchased it.

You will know right away of incoming notifications from your wrists instead of having to pull out your iPhone and turn it on.


For some weird reason, my Apple Watch stopped showing notifications.

How did I know?

  • There were massive text messages and email alerts
  • Tons of missed calls
  • and more

…all piled up on my iPhone lock screen.

When a feature like this is broken on your Apple Watch, it partially defeats the purpose of having it.

If this is happening to you right now, there are ways to fix that problem.

Before we do that

I just want you to double check one of the following to make sure that’s you didn’t accidentally enable a feature that disables notifications from showing up.

The first thing I want you to take a look at is Do Not Disturb mode. If this is On, all notifications will be sent to your iPhone rather than your watch.

Custom Notification Settings

When both devices are paired together, whatever your Apple Watch receive will reflect upon the iPhone.

For example, if you set the notification settings for the Mail app to only show VIP emails, then the watch will also do that as default.

You can adjust the settings like this:

  1. Go to the Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Head over to My Watch > Notifications
  3. Pick an application and choose either Mirror my iPhone or Custom

When choosing Mirror my iPhone, it will only show notifications that usually go to the iPhone. Refer to the example above. Users can also choose Custom, which means setting their notification system.


Turn Off Cover to Mute feature

Another feature that may cause your Apple Watch to fail at showing notifications is Cover to Mute. When this option is enabled, most likely you won’t get any push notifications.

  1. From the Watch app, go to My Watch
  2. Tap on Sounds and Haptics
  3. Toggle Off for Cover to Mute

I hope that you will be able to resolve this notifications issue on your Apple Watch and start getting those alerts again.

And be sure that your iPhone is locked or turned OFF, or else your watch won’t show any notifications. It will go directly to the phone instead.

Disable Wrist Detection to Avoid Duplicate Notifications

There is a feature on your Apple Watch called Wrist Detection. When off, all notifications will be delivered to both devices. Therefore, users will be alerted of the same thing twice.

Luckily, there is a quick fix to this. Read along and find out.

  1. On your iPhone, launch the Watch app
  2. Go to My Watch > General > Wrist Detection
  3. Toggle the feature on

From now, notifications will be sent to one of the devices that is not locked or off.

  • Kendra

    I ordered this stupid product over two months and these idiots have still not sent it!! NEVER AGAIN!!!!!

    • Tyrone

      The apple watch?