Enable Do Not Disturb on Apple Watch Quickly

Jan 31, 2016 - 4 Comments

Use Do Not Disturb to stop Apple Watch notifications temporarily

A large part of the utility with Apple Watch is receiving notifications and alerts which can be quickly sorted through, addressed, or dismissed right on your wrist. While you can quickly clear out the notifications, sometimes you just want peace and quiet instead, and the best way to stop the Apple Watch from tapping your wrist and chiming temporarily is to toggle on Do Not Disturb mode for the watch.

How to Enable Do Not Disturb on Apple Watch

On the latest Apple Watch models, enabling Do Not Disturb is very easy:

  1. Press the oblong side button on Apple Watch to open Control Center
  2. Scroll down to find the crescent moon icon and tap on that to enable Do Not Disturb mode on Apple Watch

You can turn Do Not Disturb off again at any time by returning to the same screen and tapping again on the crescent moon icon.

How to Turn On & Off “Do Not Disturb” on Older Apple Watch Models

Enabling (and disabling) Do Not Disturb mode on Apple Watch is a quick toggle accessible from the glance view:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the Apple Watch face to access Glances
  2. Swipe over until you reach the Watch options screen and tap on the round moon icon to enable Do Not Disturb mode
  3. Hit the digital crown button to return back to the primary watch screen with Do Not Disturb enabled

Do Not Disturb on Apple Watch

If the moon icon is filled in with color, the Do Not Disturb feature is enabled, and if the quarter moon icon is not filled in then Do Not Disturb mode is OFF. A little text indicator is also visible under the icon depending on the status of the button.

Keep in mind that Do Not Disturb will remain on until you disable it for Apple Watch, which is quickly done through the same Glance options screen. If the moon icon is highlighted, then Do Not Disturb mode is on, if it’s not, then Do Not Disturb mode is off.

This behaves much like Do Not Disturb mode on the Mac and the iPhone and iPad, where all notifications, alerts, buzzes, taps, dings, bings, chimes, will be prevented from coming through to the Apple Watch.

Do know that if you enable Do Not Disturb on one device, it will impact that device only, so if you want total peace and quiet you’d need to toggle the feature on with every device in the vicinity, whether it’s running MacOS, iOS, or WatchOS.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Bob says:

    It effects both phone and watch only it is set to “mirror my phone” in the watch app on the phone under General, Do not disturb. There you can toggle that feature on or off. Idiots!

  2. David says:

    One of my pet-peeves is that even if I enable “do-not-disturb” within a specific message on my iPhone, I still get the message notifications on my Apple Watch. So if there’s a particularly chatty group thread I can silence it on my phone but not on my wrist even though I have Apple Watch message notifications set up to mirror my phone. Annoying.

  3. Alex says:

    I agree with Jim. Enabling Do Not Disturb on the watch does enable it on the Iphone as well.

  4. Jim says:

    I disagree with your comment “Do know that if you enable Do Not Disturb on one device, it will impact that device only, “. I can enable and disable Do not disturb on my Apple Watch and it is reflected on my iPhone. Likewise, toggling it on my iPhone changes the state on the watch.

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