Message notifications on iPhone and Apple Watch

NavySEAL6

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Since I got my watch, the messages come directly to the watch and the phone doesn't light up or buzz.

Now all of a sudden I'm getting texts like I used to on my iPhone, then to the watch after. Is this a glitch or new feature?
 

Speedman100

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That's not what's supposed to happen. Perhaps try restarting your watch or both devices.
 

flur

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I've had this intermittently since the update. Never had it once before the update.

Doing a soft reset on both the phone and the watch (not just a restart, but a reset) fixed the issue originally. It came back once after that and seems to have gone away on its own, but I don't always have the phone out (and I keep it on vibrate) so it's possible it's happening and I'm just not seeing it.
 

NavySEAL6

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I've had this intermittently since the update. Never had it once before the update.

Doing a soft reset on both the phone and the watch (not just a restart, but a reset) fixed the issue originally. It came back once after that and seems to have gone away on its own, but I don't always have the phone out (and I keep it on vibrate) so it's possible it's happening and I'm just not seeing it.
Yeah I never had this issue before the update. It seems like this update messed up a lot. I'm trying a soft reset as the restart didn't help
 

Aluminum213

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It you're getting notifications on the iPhone before the apple watch is basically defeats the purpose of the thing
 

andrewleekaho

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But the issue is that iPhone screen does not light on nor give any alert sound AT ALL when it is locked and screen off in pants pocket.

EDIT:
I found the guide about notification mechanism and getting to know this behavior may be by design.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204791
 
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papbot

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Since I got my watch, the messages come directly to the watch and the phone doesn't light up or buzz.

Now all of a sudden I'm getting texts like I used to on my iPhone, then to the watch after. Is this a glitch or new feature?
That first occurred, at least for me, after the current software update. I did do the un-pairing procedure which did fix it temporarily but the first time I restarted the watch it recurred. Now if it occurs I go to my phone - Settings/Notifications/Messages and toggle it off then back on which has restored the normal function to my watch.
 

bizzy045

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Go to settings -> notifications -> messages, then turn if off and back on again. this will fix the problem.

make sure you are going to the actual settings on your iPhone, and not the apple watch app.
 

NavySEAL6

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A couple random restarts fixed the problem for me. It's just a bug I can't tell what really caused it or made it go away
 

flur

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My messages are pinging my watch and not my phone, as is supposed to happen, but they're pinging my closed, locked ipad a few seconds before they hit my watch. Is this normal?

Before the AW, I was used to messages pinging my phone first, then hitting my other devices if I don't check my phone (unless I'm using one of those other devices at the time). I don't recall messages ever hitting my ipad before the most recent AW update (it started happening right after I updated), BUT I don't know if I was ever in a position to notice it happening before the update.
 

tivoboy

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notifications on both

Since the 1.01 update, I'm getting messages notifications on the phone first, then a couple seconds later on the watch. It lights up the phone, and it lights up the watch.

This is for messages, stocktwits, espn, maybe some others.

I tried turning it OFF then ON on the phone settings preferences, but it didn't fix it.

any thoughts about if this is a new "feature"
 

flur

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Since the 1.01 update, I'm getting messages notifications on the phone first, then a couple seconds later on the watch. It lights up the phone, and it lights up the watch.

This is for messages, stocktwits, espn, maybe some others.

I tried turning it OFF then ON on the phone settings preferences, but it didn't fix it.

any thoughts about if this is a new "feature"
It's not. If the notification toggle in settings didn't work, try restarting your phone. If that doesn't work, a soft reset (not restart) on both the watch and the phone should fix it.
 

xraydoc

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That's happened to me a couple of times. Reboots have fixed it but that's for the messages setting tip.

What happened to me today however is a new one -- I had my phone on, in hand, typing something, when an iMessage notification came in.... to my watch. For the next several minutes, despite the fact the phone's screen was on (and I was in the Messages app itself), incoming Messages notifications went to my watch.

Very odd. It stopped since with no reset, but no idea why.
 

KojiH

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So when the Watch is paired to the iPhone the iPhone's message/text notifications are disabled by default?

If I'm asleep I don't think I will be able to hear or notice the Watch's rather weak haptic and sound... I really need the iPhone to still play its message notification sound.
 

flur

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So when the Watch is paired to the iPhone the iPhone's message/text notifications are disabled by default?

If I'm asleep I don't think I will be able to hear or notice the Watch's rather weak haptic and sound... I really need the iPhone to still play its message notification sound.
If you put your watch into do-not-disturb mode before going to sleep, all your notifications will go to your phone. In either case, all your notifications will be available for you to read on your phone's lock screen (if you're set up for that on the phone) when you wake up, just like they are now, so you won't miss anything. If your watch is not in do-not-disturb mode, the notifications will be available for you to read on your watch also.

Also, if you take the watch off, everything goes to the phone.
 

KojiH

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If you put your watch into do-not-disturb mode before going to sleep, all your notifications will go to your phone. In either case, all your notifications will be available for you to read on your phone's lock screen (if you're set up for that on the phone) when you wake up, just like they are now, so you won't miss anything. If your watch is not in do-not-disturb mode, the notifications will be available for you to read on your watch also.

Also, if you take the watch off, everything goes to the phone.
Thanks for the reply.

When I'm at the hospital taking call there are many times when I'm operating all night long. Between surgical cases while the staff is "turning over" the operating room for my next case I will often go to the surgeon's lounge and try to take a short nap. They will page me (text) to let me know that the room is ready for my next case. This can be about an hour between cases.

So there is no way to have the phone still produce a sound when a message is received and still have the haptic and be able to check it with the Watch?
 

flur

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Thanks for the reply.

When I'm at the hospital taking call there are many times when I'm operating all night long. Between surgical cases while the staff is "turning over" the operating room for my next case I will often go to the surgeon's lounge and try to take a short nap. They will page me (text) to let me know that the room is ready for my next case. This can be about an hour between cases.

So there is no way to have the phone still produce a sound when a message is received and still have the haptic and be able to check it with the Watch?
Nope, unless you get the bug that makes it so (but as it's a bug, no guarantees it will keep working that way). In your case I recommend turning on prominent haptic, so you'll get a solid vibration before the tap when the text comes in, and set custom notifications for the watch, and have it re-notify you multiple times (you can set this through the watch app on the phone), so if you sleep through the first one you'll wake up on the second or third (you can set up to 10 re-notifications, if I remember correctly).
 

KojiH

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Nope, unless you get the bug that makes it so (but as it's a bug, no guarantees it will keep working that way). In your case I recommend turning on prominent haptic, so you'll get a solid vibration before the tap when the text comes in, and set custom notifications for the watch, and have it re-notify you multiple times (you can set this through the watch app on the phone), so if you sleep through the first one you'll wake up on the second or third (you can set up to 10 re-notifications, if I remember correctly).
Thanks so much for the info.

Unfortunately this news is not what I was hoping for and really limits the Watch's intended usability for my purposes... As it is now I have an irritatingly obnoxious text message notification sound on my Phone so that it will wake me up right away as it is also the way that the ER and the floor nurses can get ahold of me STAT.

Now that I know that the Watch disables the phone message notifications I need to decide whether I can even use it anymore...
 

flur

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Thanks so much for the info.

Unfortunately this news is not what I was hoping for and really limits the Watch's intended usability for my purposes... As it is now I have an irritatingly obnoxious text message notification sound on my Phone so that it will wake me up right away as it is also the way that the ER and the floor nurses can get ahold of me STAT.

Now that I know that the Watch disables the phone message notifications I need to decide whether I can even use it anymore...
I suggest you try it out and see. Test it when you're not at work - turn on prominent haptic and then take a nap and have a friend text you to wake you up. I'd be surprised if it didn't wake you up. Otherwise, just take the watch off or put it in do-not-disturb mode when you go to take your nap. If neither option works out, you can return it.

You could also turn off message notifications to your watch and just use the other watch features and notifications.
 

InAustralia

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Same issue with me.

iPhone started to get notifications and then my Apple Watch. I reset both devices but no change. I toggled notifications on/off on my iPhone and it seems to be ok now.

Will see if the problem starts again.
 

jamie.shaw

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Same issue here – glad I'm not an isolated incident.

Turning "Allow Notifications" off under iPhone notifications and back on again did the trick for me. Have sent a Feedback request off detailing this, unfortunately cannot send a radar. Are Apple accepting Radars for Watch OS?
 

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