How To Make Apple Watch Vibrate Only For Notifications

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The Apple Watch is an incredibly versatile device, offering a variety of and features for both personal and professional use. One of the most popular features is its ability to keep you connected with notifications. While you can customize how these notifications are delivered to you, many people find that receiving notifications via vibration only is the most discreet way to stay informed.

If you'd like to switch your Apple Watch to vibrate-only mode, here's what you need to do:

1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app and go to My Watch > Sounds & Haptics.

2. Turn the “Vibrate on Silent” option on and set it to “Always”. This will ensure that all notifications will be delivered via vibration even when your watch is in silent mode.

3. Next, adjust the “Haptic Strength” slider so that it is set to the middle or far right hand side of the slider. This will ensure that you are able to feel the vibrations from your watch when it receives a notification.

4. Lastly, if you want to prevent any sound from coming out of your watch when you receive a notification, turn off the ‘Sound Effects' option in Sounds & Haptics settings on your iPhone or turn on Do Not Disturb mode directly from your Apple Watch by touching and holding the bottom of the watch face until Control Center shows up and then swiping up and tapping on Silent Mode button (the bell icon).

With these steps, you can now make sure that all your notifications are delivered via vibrations only on your Apple Watch!

Making Notifications Vibrate Only

To make notifications only vibrate, tap your profile picture and then tap Settings. Then tap Notifications and turn off Sound. To make sure that the notification still vibrates, tap Vibrate and select Always. This will ensure that all notifications will only vibrate instead of making a sound.

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Can the Apple Watch Be Set to Vibrate Only?

Yes, you can set your Apple Watch to just vibrate. To do so, open the Settings app on your watch and navigate to Sounds & Haptics. Under the Ringer and Alerts section, toggle off the volume slider. This will cause all notifications and alerts to be set to silent mode, but still, vibrate when received.

Enabling Vibration for Notifications on Apple Watch

In order to get your Apple Watch to vibrate for notifications, you will need to enable haptic alerts. To do this, open the Watch app on your iPhone, then select My Watch > Sounds & Haptics. Make sure that the Haptic Strength slider is set to the middle or far right-hand side of the slider. Once this is enabled, the Apple Watch will vibrate for any incoming notifications and alerts.

Making Apple Watch Vibrate Only on Silent Mode

To make your Apple Watch vibrate only when it's in silent mode, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and select Sounds & Haptics. Then toggle off the “Prominent Haptic” setting. This will make it so that your Apple Watch will only vibrate when it is in Silent Mode. Additionally, you can adjust the haptic intensity in this section if you want to customize how strong the vibrations are.

how to make apple watch vibrate only for notifications

Making a Smart Watch Vibrate Only

To make your smartwatch vibrate only, navigate to Settings on your smartwatch and swipe to and tap Sounds and vibration. Then tap Vibration and uncheck the box next to Audible sound. This will ensure that only vibration is used when you receive notifications or alerts on your smartwatch.

Troubleshooting Issues with Apple Watch Notifications Not Vibrating

If your Apple Watch is not vibrating for notifications, it could be because the Do Not Disturb mode is turned on. To check this, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and make sure Do Not Disturb is not enabled. Additionally, ensure that both your Apple Watch and iPhone are running the latest versions for the best compatibility. If you haven't updated them in a while, you may experience connection issues between the two devices which could affect notifications.

What is the Meaning of ‘Haptic' on Apple Watch?

Haptic on Apple Watch refers to the tactile feedback it provides through a series of taps or pulses on your wrist. It is used to alert you when you receive notifications, reminders, and other alerts. Haptic feedback is helpful in situations where sound or visual cues are not practical, such as when you are in a quiet environment or have the watch set to Do Not Disturb mode.

Turning Off Notifications on Apple Watch but Not Phone

To turn off notifications on your Apple Watch but not your phone, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Tap Notifications and select the app you want to manage. Turn off the Mirror iPhone Alerts toggle switch so that only alerts from that app will appear on your Apple Watch. You can also go into the Notifications menu for each app individually in the Settings app on your watch, and turn off its notifications there.


The Apple Watch is a powerful and versatile device that can be used for a variety of purposes, from tracking your and to staying connected with friends and family. With its intuitive interface, customizable notifications, and impressive suite of apps, the Apple Watch is an excellent choice for those looking for a smartwatch with plenty of features. The watch also offers haptic feedback, silent mode, and adjustable settings so you can tailor it to your own needs. Whether you're looking for a way to stay active or just want to keep up with the latest trends, the Apple Watch is sure to meet your needs.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.