How to Turn Off Sound on Apple Watch

If you want to silence your Apple Watch for a while, you can do so with a few simple steps. You can mute and re-mute your notifications, adjust the alert volume, and turn the sounds and haptic alerts on and off. To do this, you can use the Watch app on your iPhone. However, if you haven’t gotten around to installing it, you can also use the Control Center feature on your watch.

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The Control Center is accessible by swiping up from the bottom of your watch’s display. When you get there, you will see several tiny buttons. You can swiping up on the upper right corner will bring you to the Do Not Disturb (DND) icon. Once you tap that, you can choose whether you want to turn off Do Not Disturb for a few hours, days, or for the duration of your sleep.

When Do Not Disturb is set on, all incoming alerts will be disabled. This is especially helpful if you want to keep your notifications from disrupting your sleep. With Do Not Disturb on, alarms will still sound, but you’ll be unable to receive any calls, messages, or other alerts. There is also a button that you can press to silence all sound and haptic alerts.

Another way to stop noises from disrupting your sleep is to turn off the “Silent Mode”. This can be done through the Settings app on your iPhone or through the Watch app. Turning on Silent Mode will silence all sounds and haptic alerts on your Apple Watch, except for timers.

Alternatively, you can turn off the “Cover to Mute” feature. Whether you’re using your Apple Watch with the Watch app or with the iPhone, you can use Cover to Mute to silence your watch when you forget to do so. Before you start, make sure you have Cover to Mute turned on in the Watch app or Settings app.

Finally, you can also put your Apple Watch into a silent mode, aka the Theater Mode. This is a special type of silent mode that prevents any sound or haptic alerts from coming through. Even when in Theater Mode, you can still wake up your watch with the Digital Crown. That said, if you don’t want to do that, you can simply leave the Theater Mode on and swipe up on the watch’s display.

If you’re not comfortable with the above options, you can always set your Apple Watch to a Do Not Disturb mode. Using Do Not Disturb will disable all alerts and sounds on your watch. Nevertheless, it’s an option worth considering. Especially if you don’t plan on leaving your phone in your pocket while you’re asleep.

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It’s not a bad idea to become familiar with your sound and alert settings on your watch. Hopefully, this will help you save your battery while you’re asleep. Additionally, it will make sure you don’t mishear any alerts you receive.

Finally, if you’re in a pinch and don’t want to wait to get your watch out, you can turn on the “Haptics” feature. This feature allows you to tap your wrist to be alerted by notifications. You can customize the intensity and frequency of haptic alerts, as well as schedule them.