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How To Turn Off Ringer on Apple Watch

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Whether you are in a meeting or with your friends, turning off your Apple Watch notifications can help you live in the moment. Therefore, today we will teach you how you can turn off your Apple Watch ringer.

Quick Answer

There are a few ways you can put your Apple Watch on silent. These include lowering your alert volume, putting your phone on silent mode, or using the “Do Not Disturb” feature on your Apple Watch. All of these features will provide you with the same functionality. However, each of them will have its caviars. 

Turning off your ringer will still cause you problems as your watch’s haptic feedback would still distract you. Therefore, today we will teach you to mute your watch’s notifications in addition to disabling your watch’s haptic feedback. Without further ado, let’s get started with turning off your ringer.

Method #1: Muting Your Apple Watch

The very first trick you can use to silence the ringer on your Apple Watch is to mute Apple Watch. However, muting your device will not turn off your haptic feedback. So, if you are looking to turn off your haptic feedback, don’t worry. We will be covering that in this method as well. 

With that said, let us continue with muting your Apple Watch.

  1. Press and hold your Digital Crown.
  2. Navigate until you see a Bell icon.
    Apple Watch Display
  3. Tap on the Bell icon to mute your phone.

Turning On Your Haptic Feedback

Using Apple Watch’s haptic feedback is a massive part of its user experience. However, sometimes the vibration can be annoying if the watch is resting on a table. To turn off your watch’s haptic feedback, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Press and hold your Digital Crown.
  2. In the “Control Center,” go to your “Settings.”
  3. Navigate through your “Settings” until you come across “Sounds and Haptics.”
  4. Inside “Sounds and Haptics,” toggle off your “Hepatic Alerts.”

While you are in the “Sounds and Haptics” window, check out the “Prominent” option, as it is a fun user experience. 

Method #2: Turning on “Do Not Disturb”

As the name itself states, this feature allows users to turn off notifications. The only notifications a user will be receiving in this mode will be the alarm sound. That being said, let us get started with turning on your watch’s “Do Not Disturb” mode.

Apple Watch Settings
  1. Press and hold your Digital Crown to access the “Control Centre.”
  2. Navigate through your “Control Centre” until you find a “Crescent” icon.
  3. Press the “Crescent” icon and select the amount of time you want the mode to be on.

Once you turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode on your watch, the “Crescent” icon will be on the top of your screen. However, remember that if you selected the “On Until I Leave” option, you must manually turn off the mode to receive notifications.

Method #3: Lowering Down Your Alert Volume

If you follow the methods mentioned above, we are sure that you will be able to turn off your Apple Watch ringer. However, there is also another way to turn off your ringer, and we will guide you through that as well. 

This method is kind of unorthodox as its original use criteria were to control the notification sounds rather than turn them off. To turn off your notifications sounds, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your “Control Centre.”
  2. Navigate to “Sounds And Haptics.
  3. Move the “Alert Volume” slider to zero.


Sometimes Apple notifications can end up being annoying. To help you deal with that problem, we have provided you with a few methods above. By following everything mentioned above, you will be able to turn off your Apple Watch ringer and manage the notification sounds and haptic feedback.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Apple watch vibrate in silent mode?

The silent mode on your Apple Watch only silences your notifications and nothing more. Your Watch will still be able to vibrate while the silent mode is on. Try turning on your Apple Watch haptic feedback if you don’t want that to happen.

Can you change the Apple Watch ringtone?

Yes, Apple allows its users to change their ringtone, but it has a catch. The catch is such that you can only select from a list of ringtones, and that is about it. If you plan to put on a specific ringtone that you like, you are out of luck. 

What is the “Moon” symbol on my Apple Watch?

The “Moon” symbol on your Apple watch indicates that the Do Not Disturb mode is on. While this mode is on, you won’t be able to get any notifications on your phone. To get rid of the “Moon” symbol, go to your “Control Centre”, then toggle the “Do Not Disturb” off.

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