Apple Watch Not Ringing: Troubleshooting Step by Step Guide

Apple Watch Not Ringing

Apple Watch is one of the top-selling and most popular wearable devices in the world. Many people have praised its design and features, but there are times when it doesn’t work as expected. One of these issues can be when your Apple Watch doesn’t ring for incoming calls, text messages or even when you receive notifications, and it is frustrating! This step-by-step guide helps you fix Apple Watch Not Ringing if this happens to you!

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Fix Apple Watch Not Ringing Issue: Step by Step Guide

This troubleshoots guide is applicable for any Apple watch series from 3 to 6. It may help you fix the Apple watch not ringing issue when you get an incoming call or notifications. Before contact Apple for support, try these troubleshooting steps first.

1. Make sure that the Apple watch and iPhone is connected

If your Apple Watch is not ringing when you have incoming calls or notification, it might be because the Apple watch could not connect with its paired iPhone.

To check if your phone is connected to your smartwatch, go to Settings on your phone and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on and paired with Apple Watch. 

2. Turn off Do Not Disturb mode

Apple Watch “Do not Disturb” mode is a setting that allows you to silence notifications and phone calls while still being able to receive them. Ensure that this mode is turned off so that your watch will ring.

Here are the steps to deactivate the “Do not Disturb” mode:

  • Wake screen by tapping on the display or pressing on the digital crown
  • Now press and hold on to the bottom of the watch face until the “Control Centre” appear.
  • Now swipe up and locate “Do not disturb” mode and turn it off.

3. Restart your Apple Watch and iPhone

If your Apple Watch does not alert for notifications, restart your watch and iPhone.

To restart your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  • Press on the button on the right side of your Apple watch (not the digital crown)
  • A power-off slider appears, and just drag it to the right-hand side to turn off your Apple watch.
  • Done

Restarting both devices should solve any issues you may be experiencing with notifications. If restarting them does not work for some reason, then try turning ON and turning OFF Airplane Mode in order to reset network settings that could have been changed recently by another device.

4. Check whether your watch is muted or not

If your watch is muted, then just turn it off at the “control Centre.”

To unmute Apple Watch:

  • Wake screen of the Apple watch
  • Press and hold on the bottom of the screen
  • The control center will open and simply unmute the watch by tapping on the bell icon.

5. Turn OFF and turn ON your Watch’s Passcode

If you have your Apple Watch set up with a Passcode, then try to temporarily disable it by following the steps below:

  • Go to the watch app on your iPhone and select the “My Watch” tab
  • Now scroll down and find passcode and tap on it
  • Now choose “Turn Passcode off” and enter your passcodes if asked.

Once you have done this, check whether you are receiving notifications or not.

6. Update your Apple watch and phone

Update your Apple watch and iPhone to the latest software to fix most of the technical issues.

To update your Apple watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone and select General. Next, tap Software Update to see what is available for download. Tap Download & Install, then Agree with Terms & Conditions

Please note that updates take a while, so please be patient

For iPhones: Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Tap “Download and install” if there is an update ready to go.

7. Unpair and pair Apple watch and Smart Phone

If you are still not able to receive notifications on your smartwatch. Try to fix it by unpairing your smartwatch from any phones you have paired with before and then pair it back.

Unpairing your Apple Watch from the iPhone is easy and can be done within seconds.

  • Keep both your Apple watch and iPhone closer.
  • Open the watch app on your iPhone and go to the watch tab.
  • Tap on the “i” symbol on the right hand to the smartwatch image
  • From the new window opened, tap on “Unpair Apple Watch.”
  • Done

Please wait for it … now pair it again with your phone

To pair it, open the Settings app, tap Bluetooth followed by Add Nearby Device. Your Apple watch should show up under “Your Devices” in a few moments. Simply select it, and you’re good to go!

8. Reset your Apple watch

If all the steps mentioned have failed to fix the issue, reset your smartwatch. Before you proceed, please be noted that it will delete all settings and data from your Apple watch.

Here is how to reset your Apple watch:

  • Go to the Apple Watch App on your iPhone.
  • Now tap on My Watch.
  • Go to General
  • Now tap on “Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.”
  • It will factory reset your smartwatch.

You can also do it from the Apple watch itself. But make sure you tap on “Erase and keep cellular plan” to restore the data.

9. Contact Customer Support

When you have tried all of the troubleshooting steps listed in this article, and your Apple Watch still isn’t receiving notifications, it might be time to contact Apple Support. They offer a wide range of customer services that can help you figure out what is going on with your device. Give them a call or chat online using their web interface. 

You may also want to take advantage of any free Apple Support available through social media channels such as Twitter or Facebook Messenger if you have questions about how to use certain features of your watch.

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Saneesh VS is a Registered Nurse by Profession and Wearable Tech Enthusiast by Passion. He loves to write about fitness, smartwatches, and fitness trackers. He also loves reading books on wearable tech, technology in healthcare, artificial intelligence etc., which he has been writing for the past 5 years.

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