Silence the Apple Watch?

jakesaunders27

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Hi All,

Off to buy an Apple Watch Sport at the weekend and a quick question about the sounds and notifications. I run events in a Hotel and when dealing with clients I don't want to have the watch making noise and showing notifications in front of clients. Is there a way I can silence the sounds and just have it and vibrate or something until I look at it and then it lights up? Is that possible?

Cheers
Jake
 

Givmeabrek

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Sure. You have to mute the watch in the watch app on the iPhone under sounds.

Edit: Looks like it's on the watch too.
 

jbachandouris

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Also, regarding the screen, does it only light up when you turn your wrist or is it every time you get a notification it lights up no matter where your wrist is?
Pretty sure it lights up when you get a notification. Odds are, you will have to find the setting for airplane mode. There is a settings icon on the watch and on your phone.
 

T-Will

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Also, regarding the screen, does it only light up when you turn your wrist or is it every time you get a notification it lights up no matter where your wrist is?
The screen turns on when you angle the Watch towards you to look at it, or you tap the screen, or tap one of the side buttons. It doesn't turn on when a notification comes in for privacy and to save power.
 
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jbachandouris

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The screen turns on when you angle the Watch towards you to look at it, or you tap the screen, or tap one of the side buttons. It doesn't turn on when a notification comes in for privacy and to save power.
Interesting. I never really paid attention.
 

parseckadet

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The only time the screen lights up is when you raise your wrist or you press a button or the screen. Even when you have a call coming in it will vibrate, but not light up. However, if you tend to talk with your hands I could see the screen lighting up when you don't expect it to, regardless of whether you're getting a notification or not. But there is a setting to turn on the activation on wrist raise, which then requires a button press or screen tap to activate the screen no matter what.
 

Night Spring

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But there is a setting to turn on the activation on wrist raise, which then requires a button press or screen tap to activate the screen no matter what.
What bugs me is that (1) this setting is only on the watch, not in the iPhone watch app, and (2) its buried some layers deep inside the menu. I want it in the settings glance alongside mute, dnd, and airplane mode. That way, I could toggle "raise wrist to turn on" quickly, for example if I'm at a theater watching a movie and don't want to disturb other people.