Is your watch loud enough?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by superliu, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. superliu macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2010
    Are you able to have a conversation with your Apple Watch?

    I find the speaker way too quiet. I can be at home in a room by myself and I still can't hold a conversation on the watch because i can't hear the other person. There's no chance if i am outdoor or driving.

    I remember the speaker used to be better. I do shower and throw the watch around, I wonder if I cause the speaker to be not as effective somehow.

    What's your experience with the speaker or having a phone call on the watch?
  2. Recognition macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2013
    I thought my speaker was getting worse but turned out to be a side effect of getting the watch wet. After a night on the charger it was back to normal in the morning.
    I even went as far as recording the decibel level of the volume 'click' with an old sound meter...
    Before I was getting about 20db at max volume,
    The next day it was up to 45db.
    (Screen shot of the video I took for my comparison, Max reading was 45db at zero distance)
    Anybody else got a sound meter and want to give it a go?

  3. superliu thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2010
    Thank you for that information. I guess no chatting while in the shower (and a while after) then.
  4. iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    It's near impossible to have a conversation on the watch. The speaker is VERY quiet. It would be such a nice feature to use around the house if the speaker were louder. Damn shame. Hopefully it's artificially kept low and the max volume will be increased with a software update.
  5. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    No, but then I have a hearing problem. Even my iPhone isn't loud enough on some calls.

    But the taptic engine makes up for it. I know I have an incoming call and answer it on my iPhone.
  6. Recognition macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2013
    I can just about hold a conversation on my watch but it has to be in a quiet place. I wear mywatch only left wrist, so if I place my hand I my right shoulder, it's close enough to my ear to hear well, but I might as well use my phone in that case!
  7. T-Will macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    It's pretty quiet, but loud enough to have a quick conversation in a pinch.
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Not being Dick Tracey, I have never even use my AW for conversation on the phone. Hard to expect good or louder speaker quality on a tiny water resistant speaker through a pin hole. I still enjoy using my 6+ and did not get the AW to replace it while on the phone.
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Tbh, I feel kind of foolish talking into my phone and then putting it to my ear. I have the phone on mute for all the other sounds so I can't say if my speaker is sufficiently loud or not.
  10. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    No, because I muted it. Taps on the wrist are enough.
  11. Recognition macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2013
    It take it you meant 'watch' instead of 'phone'?!
  12. superliu thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2010
    I am not talking about the ringer not being loud enough. and yes the haptics is enough to alert an incoming call - I also have my watch in mute.

    A couple of nights ago, I received a phone call while in the basement and my phone was upstairs, I answered it with the AW and I couldn't hear a thing. I had to run upstairs while yelling hold on, hold on, I can't hear you etc etc. Not ideal, no very professional if it was a client. It'd nice to be able to hold a conversation with the watch or at least I can tell who called and tell them i will call them back.

    Also my original concern was I find the speaker a lot quieter now then it was when I first got the watch. But Recognition (on the 2nd post) explained why I was getting different volume on the watch. I did shower before receiving that call, so concern is explained
  13. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    It could definitely be louder.

    It works fine in my quiet house when I'm alone... but I can't use it while outside at all... especially in the city.
  14. Brett1203 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I did shower with mine last night and then about an hour later my wife called and I answered it from the watch, and the the call was not as loud as it normally is, so maybe thats why, But you said yours went back to normal the next day? So maybe the next call I get I will see how it sounds.

    I do not shower with mine often, I have done it 3 times, but this was the first time a call came in within hours after the shower.
  15. papbot macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2015
    I can hear my wife's conversation on it when she's in a different room of our house talking to one of her friends. I can't make out what the friend's actual words are but I can recognize the voice. I've had no problems talking to my wife on it unless I'm outside near traffic. I do keep the volume at its max but I find it more than adequate.

    If it's become more muted perhaps restarting it would resolve this. And yes keep water out of it.

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