Does anyone permanently keep their watch on silent?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by sprucemoose, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. sprucemoose macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Is it just me, or is the watch better suited to being silent at all times?

    At first, I only disabled sound alerts for messages. It seemed at odds with one of the primary benefits of the watch – to discreetly receive notifications with haptic feedback. With the default setting, I'd just get the same disruptive dings as I did with my iPhone and would have to remember to mute my watch before going into meetings or quiet places. It seemed weird that this was the default setting.

    Next, I used directions on the watch, and I again found the sound counterproductive. With sound on, I had trouble distinguishing the difference between left and right haptics, and I'd need to look at the watch for confirmation. The accompanying sound effect (although different for each type of turn) made it difficult to perceive the tap pattern and caused momentary confusion while driving. Once I muted the watch, my brain was able to focus on the taps and it became very easy to distinguish between the left and right patterns.

    This got me thinking - why have any sound effects enabled on the watch at all? Unless you're someone who is not sensitive enough to feel the taps, are there any scenarios you can think of where sound actually adds to the experience? Do you feel Apple made the right choices with the default settings?
  2. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    Always off for me as is my watch, and for the first time ever, I never miss a call or text and that makes my wife and kids very happy. I can wonder 7 floors at the office without my phone and never miss a call or text. Love it. Siri works perfectly for my no accent voice and deeper tone so I use that all the time with 99% accuracy.

    Will never have my watch off of silent and the same has been true for my phone for over two months.
  3. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    So far I've never had a need to keep sounds on for the Watch. I started off with it on since it was the default but after a few days I switched it off and haven't gone back since.
  4. flur macrumors 68020


    Nov 12, 2012
    Always silent mode for me. But then I keep my phone on vibrate-only too.
  5. sprucemoose thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Thanks for the replies so far. Glad to know I'm not the only one. I do question Apple's default settings, which most users don't change. Why even have the Taptic Engine to begin with if everything is going to make a sound?
  6. jasonklee macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    I tend to agree. I found it too awkward to have dings and beeps emanating from the watch. If I'm with guests especially at a dinner table it feels more intrusive than a phone, in a more in-your-face sort of way. Maybe it has something to do with it really being an intimate device—a phone dinging on a table is sort of like a car alarm going off in the street.

    I tend to use most products at their default settings so I can experience them the way they were intended but after the first few notifications I thought that Apple should've made sounds off by default.
  7. aberrero, Jul 14, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2015

    aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    Both my phone and watch are always on silent. Having electronics that beep is incredibly obnoxious. Sitting next to someone texting on an Android phone on a bus is worse than sitting in front of a crying baby.
  8. DarthT macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2015
    Sounds off for me too - only haptic notifications. No notifications for emails.

    Would be nice to enable sounds for individual apps - e.g. workout - sometimes I miss notifications while biking and running.
  9. sprucemoose thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Exactly. It almost feels like a hack to put the watch in Silent Mode, because that's not exactly what I'm trying to accomplish. I would still like some UI sounds. For example, if I'm putting the watch on the charger, I'd like to hear the charge chime.

    Feels like sound settings need to be more granular, or maybe for there to be a “Silence Notifications” setting.
  10. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    I'm another who had the watch on mute from day 1. Seems like the natural choice for me - one of my reasons for buying it was to have totally silent notifications.

    I have the volume on max but then turn on mute. How do other people have their watch set up? I did it that way as I presume the volume setting still counts for alarms when you aren't wearing the watch, and I intend to use the watch when I need an alarm clock in the morning (which isn't every day as my wife gets up for work before I do).
  11. coffeemadmanUK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Silent for me all the time. My partner has his with sound and it is more intrusive than a phone sound, given that it's always close to other people. Very odd! I think the Watch suits silent mode much more.
  12. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    Since I've got my watch on May 13 (yes, I remember that day exactly) both my phone and the watch are in silent mode. Tapping on the wrist is enough, it's awesome. No more annoying tones.

    @danmart I do exactly the same. It's correct that the volume has influence on the alarm clock volume when the watch is muted.
  13. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    Mine's on silent all the time, as is my iPhone at work. I get annoyed at meetings when other phones are constantly beeping, chiming, and chirping. In fact, I don't like it when phones on vibrate are placed on the table, which amplifies the sound.
  14. MLVC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2015
    Maastricht, The Netherlands
    Always silent, one of the first things I did. I don't even know what sounds it makes.
  15. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Same for me
  16. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    I keep my phone silent... but surprisingly I like the sound from my watch. I tried my watch on silent mode when I first got it, but I just found that I would miss things. Not that I couldn't feel the haptic, but that it wasn't enough of a cue for me. To me, the sound works _with_ the haptic feedback... together they feel right.

    At this point I'm very used to the sounds and I know what they all mean... and often I don't even need to look at the Watch when it notifies me of something because between the haptic feeling and the sound it's enough information to know what the notification is for. For instance, the sounds and taps it makes while doing driving directions are very useful.
  17. PilotC150 macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2015
    It was on silent from nearly the first minute I had it turned on. I thought the whole point was to get notifications discretely, so I thought it was strange to have audio notifications to begin with. It would be horribly annoying at work if it dinged every time a notification came in.
  18. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Pretty much. Same thing goes for my phone now. The important notifications come to my Watch.
  19. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    My favorite feature of iOS 9 (maybe it's a bug? I hope not) is that I can have my phone on silent with vibrate off, plug in my phone and it doesn't vibrate twice.
  20. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    Silent for me as well. The watch and the phone since the time I started using one or the the other. I don't like my tools to emit noise of any sort. Mac is silent as well but that's a given at work :) The haptic feedback is strong enough to not miss calls anymore so my phone can now sit in my pocket or backpack.
  21. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    Same as most started with sound on, but changed it to silent and haven't looked back.
  22. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
  23. jmh286 macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2015
    Since the day I got my watch, I have had both my phone and watch on's nice to not have to remember to silence my phone before meetings and movies.
  24. JOSEPH99 macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2015
    I silence both my phone and my watch. It's the perfect combination
  25. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Silent watch and phone. Wasn't the main selling point of the watch was the taptic notifications?

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