Can I get notification tones on watch & phone simultaneously

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  1. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    It seems notification tones for texts and emails now only come on my Watch. Is there a way to get the tones on BOTH the Watch and iPhone simultaneously? My hearing isn't that great and sometimes (often) I miss the watch tone and an important text. Vibration isn't that strong so I often miss that as well (yes, it is set to highest).

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  2. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    It will sometimes happen randomly for me, but there isn't a way that I know of to set notifications to come to the watch AND the phone.
     
  3. Julien macrumors G3

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    Notifications will only be audible on the iPhone if it is unlocked. One of the main points of having the :apple:Watch is so you don't have noisy and redundant notifications on the iPhone.

    For the OP switch on Prominent Haptic and be sure Alert Volume is on max.
     
  4. TB07-NJ thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It is but at my age I have "reduced" hearing. I have loud text & email tones on my phone. There really should be an OPTION to have either BOTH notifications or one or the other. I'd be happy with turning off all watch sounds then getting back tones on phone. I understand the "main points" of the watch but some of us simply are unable to hear the little dingly pingly high pitched tone especially in a slightly noisy environment.

    I didn't buy the watch just for texts or email but primarily for running & exercise. Buying a $400 watch shouldn't preclude me from using my phone as before I had the watch. The "main point" of a book is to be able to see and read it but there is also the option for braille and/or audio books. I wasn't asking to have tones removed from anyone only the option to chose PHONE, WATCH or both. You have to look at from all sides.
     
  5. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    You don't feel the haptic feedback at all? I'm hard of hearing (wear bilateral hearing aids) and the vibration is enough that I feel it; I keep my phone on silent most of the time.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I too wish that Apple gave us choice on this. There are time I would like my phone to make its notification sounds.
     
  7. TB07-NJ thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes I do (most of the time) but why should owning a watch basically disable my phone notification features without the option to keep them on? Also haptic doesn't allow one to differentiate between text & mail or some of the other silly (IMO) watch notifications. Sometimes Apple's logic makes me wonder. Some of the stuff they come up with is remarkable and some ....... :D

    I wonder if disabling text notification altogether on the watch would bring back the text tone on the phone. Hmmm, must try that (if they even allow it!).
     
  8. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

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    To answer your first question: no, not with stock iOS. However, there is a JB tweak that does this very thing.

    EDIT: Not really, now that I think about it. The tweak I referenced makes the watch notifications occur even when the phone is on. It does not, though, make them happen on the phone when it is off (sleep/screen off).
     
  9. dmanthony1 macrumors newbie

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    I was just realizing this hassle earlier today. I was out shopping and had my phone in hand waiting for a text. I was going out of my mind trying to figure out why my texts weren't sounding on my phone. Very poor programming. Wearing my jacket, I can't hear my watch and barely feel it vibrate. After figuring out that the watch overrides my phone, I now know why I have been consistently missing messages.
     
  10. TB07-NJ thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yea, my issue exactly. The "ambient outside noise" plus my loss of hearing is the problem. Even the "heavy vibration" gets missed at times. It seems like it should be an obvious OPTION to either turn on or off iPhone notification sounds.
     

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