Apple Watch not showing Text Messages when first received

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by aide199, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. aide199 macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2014
    Just received my 42mm Sport Watch and have now set it up and have paired it with my iPhone 6 Plus.

    I've had it on my wrist now for about 5 minutes and I received a text message on my phone but it never showed up on my Watch.

    If I go into the messages app on the Watch it shows the message, but I wasn't notified about the message when it first arrived in.

  2. BDX86 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2015
  3. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    Were you actively using your iPhone or another device logged into the same messages account at the time the message was received?
  4. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    This. It makes good sense that Apple wouldn't wake the watch and provide a notification if it thinks you're on another device. Helps preserve battery life on the watch.
  5. cloudspy macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2011
    world wide web

    That is exactly how it works! The beauty of full iOS integration.
  6. aide199 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2014
    So if my phone is in; lets say my pocket and switched on but is not active, I'll receive the text notification on my watch but if my iPhone is active I won't see it on my watch?
  7. BDX86 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2015
    This would make sense. If I'm at my computer and I get a text, it shows up on my computer instead of my phone. Same should be true for the watch.
  8. lique831 macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2011

    If I'm on my phone, the notification won't show up on my wrist, which makes perfect sense. I don't want to be notified if I'm on my phone already.
  9. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    I can't agree with that. I just had a message on my iPad and replied to it and 30 seconds later it flashed up on my iPhone
  10. John6Plus macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2014
    Holland, MI
    This is a nice feature, usually. But sometimes I forget I left my Messages window open on one of my Macs, and my phone doesn't ding. It usually works very seamlessly though, to the point I take it for granted that whatever I'm using will notify me.

    For those of us with tech filled work spaces, KVM switches, and ADHD, it can sometimes be hard to tell what's vying for your attention :)
  11. pollos macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2014
    FWIW i am having all kinds of trouble with Messages on the watch today. Basically won't sign into iMessage, keeps saying to enter p/w on phone which i do and i am certain its the right p/w but no iMessages coming through to watch. If i send from the watch i get a failure message 5 mins later, even to non iMessage accounts. I'm sure it'll right itself eventually though.
  12. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    If I'm actively messaging from one device, it will usually delay the notification to the other devices.

    This makes sense because there's no need to let my phone know I've received an iMessage, if I'm iMessaging on my Mac.
  13. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    that shouldn't happen. That never happens for me. If I reply to a text on my macbook, I never see any notification on my phone, & vice versa.
  14. Sparkeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2014
    If I reply to a text on laptop, the notification still comes to my iPhone and iPad, but they don't make a sound. However, if a text comes while I'm not actively in iMessages on my laptop, and I don't switch to iMessages, then phone and iPad ding.

    Will the watch ring for FaceTime calls? Right now, I have multiple devices ringing with FaceTime calls and whatever I don't use to answer the call all notify me of a missed call even though I did pick up on another device.
  15. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    No - it doesn't sound correct at all
  16. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    if your phone doesn't make a sound, then its not a real notification. the message may go to your phone still, which it should, but its not actively notifying you because you already checked the message.

    and yeah that would make sense for your message to notify you on all devices if you don't check the it. Your inanimate objects don't know which device you are nearest to if you don't check the notification, so the only logical thing to happen is for all devices to notify you, to make sure you actually get the message.
  17. RhondaPVD, Apr 24, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2015

    RhondaPVD macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2015
    Been on the phone with support for almost an hour. Same issue no notifications — messages or reminders. I'll let you know the resolution.

    UPDATE: Sending me to the Apple Store...

    UPDATE: reset the watch and re-pairing with the phone seems to have worked. Just make sure it's on your wrist (not charging) when you test.
  18. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    If you have never used imessage between a phone and ipad to relay then you're going to be lost when using the watch. The watch will get a message notification only after your phone. Unless you've been using your watch actively to respond to messages first then your watch will get all notifications first rather then your phone. It is setup this way so the dominate device your using is the one that notifies you first.

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