Apple Watch silences iPhone notification please help!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by m8lyx, May 19, 2015.

  1. m8lyx macrumors member

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    Hi got my new Apple watch but when ever I get a notification it comes through on the watch but my iPhones stays silent. How do I get my normal text and email sound to work along side the watch?
     
  2. Swiss-G macrumors 6502a

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    Ok I'll bite. That's the point of the ⌚️. However, you can customise the notifications settings as follows:

     
  3. m8lyx thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi thank you for the reply but if thats the point why doesn't it silence the iPhone from ringing when there is a call coming in?

    I have tried all the custom setting to no avail.

    If I wanted my phone on silent I could always put it on silent surly it's better to have both devices notifying you. Was hopping you could have either Watch or iPhone or both tell you about notifications.
     
  4. za9ra22 macrumors 6502

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    This is an instance where Apple have assumed users would want the watch to take over the role of notifications, and thus they have designed it to suppress notifications on the iPhone when the watch is on your wrist.

    Personally I'd prefer it if Apple didn't make these decisions for us and instead gave us the choice within user settings, but that's typical Apple.

    I would suggest you provide feedback requesting they add a user setting for notifications - you can do this at http://www.apple.com/feedback/watch.html

    There's no certainty they'll take any notice, but you never know!
     
  5. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, it would be nice to have an option. I know that emails and messages show up on all my Apple devices, such as my MBP, iPad and iPhone I can then reply and it syncs across them all. They've taken a different approach with the watch here.
     
  6. Swiss-G macrumors 6502a

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    The emails and messages are there if you want them. it's only the notifications that behave differently.
     
  7. flur macrumors 68000

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    I don't understand why people want this. It's not better. It's an annoying waste of battery. Your watch will only give you notifications when you're wearing it, and if you're wearing it, you're getting notifications. Why do you need your phone to chime and light up too?

    None of this is new - this is how Apple has always done things. If you're using an ipad, the notifications go to the ipad. When you stop using the ipad, the notifications go to the phone. Well, you're "using" your watch when you're wearing it, so...that's where the notifications go.

    The phone and watch will ring because Apple assumes calls are important and you really, really need to know about them. It's the same as when you have multiple Apple devices set to ring - they ALL ring when you get a call.

    Messages will ping your watch, and then those do the same as when you have multiple Apple devices - if you don't interact with the message on your watch, it will ping your other devices (phone, ipad, computer, etc.)

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    They're actually the same - the written notifications for everything (messages, emails, third party apps, whatever) all DO go to your phone, the phone just doesn't light up, make a sound, or vibrate (which is all good for battery savings). If you dismiss them on your watch, they are dismissed everywhere (same as if you dismiss them on your ipad or ipod touch or whatever). If you don't dismiss them on the watch, they'll still be on the iphone screen.
     
  8. za9ra22 macrumors 6502

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    The reason it would be helpful to have the choice of where notifications go - or rather the audio/haptic/vibration feedback for notifications - is that there are circumstances where feedback on the watch is easily missed because the band is not tight enough, or there is vibration or noise in the immediate environment, or even that the user would like to differentiate between incoming texts and emails.

    Having the option to have feedback on the iPhone instead or as well as the watch would help ensure that all the other notifications - which for many are likely to be just as important as phone calls - will be noticed.
     
  9. flur macrumors 68000

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    You have the option to have feedback on the watch instead. You also have the option to use prominent haptic (and if you watch is working correctly, you'd have to have the band pretty darn loose not to notice it). I agree Apple needs to add more options for differentiating things (right now the only way to differentiate texts from emails is to give one a sound and make the other silent). But once you use the watch for a bit, you'll figure out what you need to feel the notifications you're sending to it. This tends to come up with folks who are new to the watch and haven't sorted out what works for them.
     
  10. m8lyx thread starter macrumors member

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    This is not true. I get notification on all 3 of my iPad, iPhone an Mac not with the watch on I don't. Only if I open a notification and clear it does it not ring on the other devices. I can get a notification on my phone and read it then go to my macBook and the notification will come though when I turn it on. So in effect both devices giving me notifications.
     
  11. za9ra22 macrumors 6502

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    It's feedback on the watch that's proving to be the problem. I miss notifications routinely when I'm driving because I can't hear them and there's enough movement from rough road surfaces to mask the haptics. On the other hand, I never missed notifications via the iPhone.

    As for the tightness, or otherwise, of the band, it depends on temperature and environment, such that what is tight in one situation is rather less so in others.

    One way or another, as you pointed out regarding calls, if Apple assumes that phone calls are important enough that both devices need to ring, why would any other notifications be assumed of lesser importance? They certainly aren't to me - hence my preference for the same level of notification for other events as for calls.

    This is one of those situations where it may be that a small minority of users would like the choice, but for those of us who do, Apple's presumption of our needs isn't really sufficient, and providing the user with a choice would resolve it.
     
  12. stoomc macrumors regular

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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but if you turn off wrist detection, I believe it comes through on all devices at the same time.
    Is this correct?

    One of the reasons I am curious is that I may need to turn off wrist detection as I have a tattoo around the area that the watch would go, so I would like to know that even with it off the watch will still receive notifications.
     
  13. flur macrumors 68000

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    This is exactly how the watch works.

    With all devices (watch or otherwise), if you don't dismiss a notification, it will be available for you on all devices. If you DO dismiss a notification, it disappears from all devices. What's happening to you is that you're dismissing notifications (unless, of course, you've hit a bug).

    Next time you get a notification on the watch, don't dismiss it, just check your phone. The notification should be there.
     
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I really wish it silence the ringer for calls. I like to have my watch on silent all of the time...except when the watch is not on. If it silenced phone calls I could leave the ringer on 24/7.
     
  15. flur macrumors 68000

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    Welp, I don't drive your car, obvs, but unless you're in a serious vibration situation, prominent haptic should get the job done. I wear my watch quite loose (at this point the band has stretched enough that I should probably use the next hole over) and I can't see how you'd miss a prominent haptic vibration.

    Or, just put the watch in "Do Not Disturb" mode while you're driving, and your notifications will all go to your phone. That's really the only option until Apple decides to give other options (though I'm not sure they will, given they've got all the other devices working the same way).

    FWIW, you really shouldn't be checking any notifications while driving. :eek:

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    I'd like this too. I keep mine on vibrate all the time. I'd consider just turning that off too, but I don't want to miss a call in the hour in the morning when I'm showering and such and don't have the watch on.
     
  16. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    It seems like that has to be a software bug that it would silence everything except for phone calls.
     
  17. flur macrumors 68000

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    I think it's by design. I know when I get a call, both my ipad and my phone ring, so Apple likes that kind of thing. Now my ipad, my phone, and my watch ring. LOL. I'll never miss a call again!
     
  18. m8lyx thread starter macrumors member

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    You are missing the point.
    The notifications are there but the phone stay dormant no matter what you do on the watch. ie no sound or lighting up to tell you you have the notification. So if you miss it on the watch it hard lines unless you light up and look at your phone.
     
  19. za9ra22 macrumors 6502

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    Given that it isn't up to Apple to decide in which environments users may be wearing an Apple watch, and therefore whether haptic or audio feedback is easily missed or not, the solution is simple: provide users with a choice - it's that simple. Then you don't need to know what environmental factors may impact users - only they need to know and have settings they can change to suit.

    Rather than messing around continually tweaking Do Not Disturb in order to get someway to the result I want in situations where feedback on the iPhone may be better than the watch, I'm rather more likely to return to using my Pebble - which in this regard worked much more to my preference.

    And as to what I should or shouldn't be doing while driving - a quick glance at my wrist is far safer than any number of routine activities we all get up to behind the wheel.
     
  20. flur macrumors 68000

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    It's up to Apple what features they include, what options they provide, etc. They aren't always going to agree with you. I know they sure don't always agree with me - there are a LOT of things I'd like Apple to do differently.

    If you want a change, give them feedback.
     
  21. za9ra22 macrumors 6502

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    Of course, that's true - that wasn't my point. My point was that the solution to my issue would be the inclusion of a feature another poster here had also suggested, in contrast to those pondering why anyone would want such a thing.
     
  22. vladzaharia macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure it's you that is missing the point that this is intended behavior. If you don't like it, then submit a feedback request with Apple, but you continuing to whine about it on this forum doesn't really help anyone, including you. There's nothing we can do about it other than tell you if it's intended or not.
     
  23. MacUserUK macrumors member

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    I actually prefer it this (intended) way.

    It makes sense. If you're using your phone you'll get the notifications as you'd expect, if it's locked you'll get the notification on your watch.

    Since I've been wearing my watch my iPhone has remained on silent. Can't see the point of it ringing or chiming when I know what's happening on my wrist.
     
  24. m8lyx thread starter macrumors member

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    I understand that this is intended but people on here keep saying it work just like Apples other devices i.e. iPad, Mac, When in fact it doesn't.

    If I get a message and I'm on my iPad I still get the message lighting up and ringing on my iPhone and mac. Not with the watch I don't. This is my point.

    And as for you saying stop whining my original post was to ask if anyone knew have to get notification on them all at the same time. And also it's kinda the point of a forum.

    Your only contribution to this thread is to whine at me whining. lol
     
  25. elipem01 macrumors member

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    I would also like a setting to be able to change the way the watch handles text messages. I work at a job that has very long hours with some dead time in between. I am on call during this time but it is also the only time I have available to sleep. My text tone on my iPhone is a very loud ring that always woke me up if I received a text. The watch just lightly taps me and sounds a quiet ding that I sleep right through. I have to turn my watch off during these hours to keep from missing a job. It would be nice if it worked the same as a phone call coming in.
     

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