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Silence or unblock notifications on your watch

You can get notifications for texts, missed calls, events, reminders, and more. Your watch will vibrate or stay silent when you get a notification, depending on the settings on your phone.

  • If your phone vibrates or makes a sound for a notification, your watch will vibrate for that notification.
  • If your phone doesn’t vibrate or make a sound for a notification, your watch won't vibrate or make a sound for that notification.

When you dismiss a notification on your watch, it's also dismissed on your phone (and the other way around).

Change your watch notifications

Stop watch vibrations

To stop your watch from vibrating when you get a notification, turn on Do Not Disturb (DND).

  1. If the screen is dim, press the power button to wake up your watch.
  2. While using your watch, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Do Not DisturbDND icon.
  4. (Optional) To choose which notifications to get when you have DND turned on, swipe down from the top of the screen and then Settings Settings and then Sound & notifications and thenDo not disturb unless … .

You can choose to have calls from favorites, reminders, and events vibrate your watch even when Do Not Disturb is turned on. Alarms will always vibrate your watch even when DND is turned on.

If you’re paired with an Android phone or tablet and are using Android 1.5 and below, your watch will have the same DND settings as your phone or tablet. Learn how to check your watch’s Android Wear version.

Note: Watches paired with an iPhone will not sync notification settings with the phone.

Temporarily turn off your screen

If you're in a place where you don’t want to disturb anyone, like a movie theater, turn off your screen. Even if you move your wrist around or tap the screen, the screen won’t turn on.

  1. If your screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings Settings and then Brightness .
    • If you don't see Settings, swipe left twice and then tap it.
  4. Tap Theater mode.

To turn your screen back on:

  • If your watch has a power button, press the power button once.
  • If your watch doesn't have a power button, tap the screen until the watch wakes up.
(Android 7.0 and up) Turn off phone sounds when wearing your watch

If your phone or tablet is running Android 7.0 or later, you can silence your phone while wearing your watch.

To stop your phone from vibrating or making noises for all notifications: On your phone open the Android Wear app Android Wear. Then tap Settings Settings and thenSilence phone while wearing watch.

From your phone's Settings app, you can also choose to silence the following while wearing your watch:

  • To stop your phone from vibrating or making noise when you get a call if you’re using the watch, tap Silence incoming calls.
  • To stop your phone from vibrating or making noises when you get a notification, tap Silence alerts and notifications.

Note: After turning this feature on, your phone will not make any noise or vibrate when you receive an incoming call or notification.

(Android 6.2 and below) Turn off sounds on your phone while wearing your watch

You can silence your phone while wearing your watch:

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app Android Wear and then Settings Settings .
  2. To prevent your phone from vibrating or making noises while you're wearing your watch, tap Silence phone while wearing watch.

Note: After turning this feature on, your phone will not make any noise or vibrate when you receive an incoming call or notification.

Block notifications

Use the Android Wear app on your phone to stop notifications from specific apps from appearing on your watch.

Android

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app Android Wear.
  2. Tap Block app notifications.
  3. Tap Add Add, then tap the app you want to block.

Optional for Android phones: To stop card notifications from the Google app, learn how to customize them on your phone. When you listen to music on your phone, you’ll always see the music card with options to pause and play. You can’t turn this card off.

To get app notifications again:

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app Android Wear.
  2. Tap Settings Settings and then Block app notifications.
  3. Next to the app, tap Close Close .

iPhone & iPad

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app Android Wear.
  2. Tap Blocked app notifications.
  3. Tap Add apps to block list.

To get app notifications again:

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app Android Wear.
  2. Tap Settings Settings and then Block app notifications.
  3. Tap Edit and then next to the app, tap Unblock.

Andrea is an Android expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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