Not Getting Certain Notification with Apple Watch


macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 23, 2013
Cincinnati, OH, USA
I have had my Apple Watch for about a week or more and I have noticed that certain app notifications, even though they are turn on in the Apple Watch app are not being pushed to me. My iPhone doesn't give you a notification either, but if you pull down the notification pane they are listed there.

So I got a notification, but since I have an Apple Watch attached but phone didn't alert me and neither did my Apple Watch.

Any one else having this problem?

Apps Notifications not working: Chase, Wunderlist (Apps on Watch too) and possible others I haven't noticed yet.


macrumors 68000
May 10, 2012
Yes I'm starting to get a little frustrated with the Apple watch handling all of my notifications, I don't like it. So first when I get a SMS I don't get it on the watch for probably a minute after I get it on the phone. I pick up the phone and turn it on HAY look a SMS then at some point I get it on the watch. The phone doesn't notify you of a notification via sound (by apple design) this is just stupid. So if I take my watch off I wont get any audible notification on my phone unless I turn my watch off. I'm just not liking it. We should have an option to get audible notifications on both devises if desired, or one or the other. Why would I not want to get notifications on my phone any more? Then I can find a way to fix it without just turning the watch off. Its getting to the point where I might just have to turn off the watch until Apple does something about it. Options Apple, Options.

Sorry if this isn't what your referring too. Yes sometime I don't get a notification on the watch at all or I just don't hear or feel it, not sure which. The other day I had SMS messages and didn't know it.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 25, 2003
Any one else having this problem?
Yes - exactly as you describe. For me it's the fitbit app. The notification gets to the watch but no audio or vibration, and because I'm wearing the watch, there's no notification or feedback from the iPhone. If I take the watch off, or un-pair it, notifications happen as usual, complete with vibration and sound on the iPhone.

There was a thread on the subject a while back in which a number of users posted the same experience with a number of apps.


macrumors newbie
Nov 1, 2009
Bought this as a gift for my wife.

I can't count the number of times she doesn't receive SMS notifications on her watch.

They usually don't work until you have the phone in hand and the watch is awake and refreshed. If she walks into the next room, no SMS notifications. Do you have to carry the phone in your pocket everywhere you go to make this work? Is the bluetooth link that weak?

We are taking it back to the store this weekend.


macrumors 68020
Nov 12, 2012
Notification troubleshooting checklist:

1. Check the phone to see if you have sound turned on for the phone notification. You must have sound turned on to get a tap on the watch.

2. For messages, this is a bug introduced in the latest version. Go your your notification settings on your phone and toggle messages notifications (for your phone) off and then on again. If this doesn't work, restart your phone. If that doesn't work perform a soft reset (not restart) of both your watch and your phone.

3. If you want the watch to make a sound and it's not doing it (and no, that's not by design, it will make notification beeps), check the alert volume on your watch (NOT in the app on the phone) and make sure that's up and mute is turned off. I've noticed a bug where my watch is on mute but my phone doesn't show that, so check the watch, not the app).
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