Do you use the 'red dot' notification indicator?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ManicMarc, Jul 28, 2017.


Do you use the 'red dot' notification indicator?

  1. Yes, I left it on

  2. No, I've turned it off

  1. ManicMarc macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2012
    I have always left it on, though I'm wondering if it might be less annoying and reduce stress levels if I switch it off. What are your experiences?
  2. martint235 macrumors 6502


    Apr 13, 2016
    I wasn't aware you could turn it off. I find it useful as I may have missed a notification from a news site etc
  3. markl9 macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2008
    London, UK
    One of the main benefits of the watch is access to notifications, I have quite a few set to silent so the red dot is essential for me.
  4. tarsins macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2009
    For most apps I've turned off notification sounds and rely on the red dot to let me know there's an email or whatever. Much less intrusive.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  6. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    My calendar was full of so much stuff that others had shoved into it, that the dot was on permanently. It became visual noise.

    So off it went.
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It is good that Apple gives you choice.
  8. sean000, Jul 28, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2017

    sean000 macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    Give it a try! Personally I think I would be more anxious without the red dot, because I would be worried that I missed an important notification that I didn't acknowledge or act on soon enough. I suppose without the red dot you can still swipe down to see missed notifications though, so it might not be a big deal to turn it off. I think it depends on the urgency of your typical notifications. If you use reminders for things that need to be done or reviewed ASAP, the red dot provides a useful visual indicator.

    Reducing stress and annoyances was the main reason I wanted the Apple Watch. Audible notifications stress me out. I rely quite a bit on notifications for meeting reminders, tasks that must be done at a specific time, system outage alerts for work, and texts from my wife. I have filtered out as much of the noise as possible by disabling notifications for most apps, and customizing notifications for apps that allow me to do that. I think the watch has been very effective for me. Haptics don't annoy me the way audible alerts so. Quite often i will ignore the haptic/vibration alert because I'm talking with someone or doing something that needs my full attention. I appreciate the red dot because the next time I look at my watch it reminds me that I ignored an earlier notification. That said I do have my reminders app set to nag me at custom intervals if I don't acknowledge the reminder, so I don't need the red dot for that. I do appreciate for other notifications that don't repeat though.

    My rule of thumb is to try going without something if it annoys you. If the red dot annoys you, then you might be happier without it. You can always turn it back on.

    What would be nice if is one could customize the color of the dot. Red can be a bit of a trigger for those of us who use color to prioritize work by urgency and impact. What would be totally awesome is a rule to change the color of that dot based on the app sending the notification. I would set mine to use a blue or green dot by default, purple there is a text message in the list, yellow or orange if the list includes an approaching calendar appointment, and red if it's a reminder to do something ASAP or a system alert from the app I use for that.

  9. ManicMarc thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2012
    Thanks, think I'll give it a go turned off.
    I usually feel each notification from the tap, so look at it, and then later when I look again at my Watch, the red dot is there, so mostly it's showing me notifications I've already seen (but not dismissed).

    I kind of feel that if you raise your wrist directly after a notification comes in for more than a second, it should mark that notification as 'read' so it doesn't clog up notification centre.
  10. xDKP macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2011
    Maybe change the setting for the calendar app so you don’t miss other stuff as well by turning off everything?
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I failed to feel my AW's taps many time and without the red dot . . . Well there would be no point in wearing the AW.
  12. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    Didn't even realize you could turn it off.

    I do wish that the Mail, Text and Phone apps had little number indicators, like the phone does. I'd turn off the dot if those were available.
  13. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    anything from passbook will also activate it, so my starbucks card causes it to be on almost all the time
  14. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Honestly, the dot I want the option to turn off is the dot on the iPhone that tells you that an app has been updated. I updated it, so I shouldn't have to open it to get rid of it.

    On the Apple Watch iPhone app, it's silly that earned badges have the dot as well. You've already shown me that I earned the badge on the watch. Why the heck do I need to open it on the phone as well?
  15. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
  16. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    I leave it on.
    What I did was reducing the number of notification I get on the Watch, so only the most important are delivered to my wrist.
  17. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2006
    I cannot stand the red dot! As soon as I figured out it could be turned off, I did! For me, I don't always see or clear the notification, and so the red dot would be there for a notification I had already seen. Then, inevitably I would have a phantom buzz, raise my wrist and see the red dot, unsure whether there was a new notification or not. Add that to the fact that I am all about a clean desk, and it becomes clear that me and the red dot are not compatible. I have to zero out badges, etc. (all about "inbox zero") and the red dot just became another thing to clear.

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