How to Put Apple Watch on Silent


The Apple Watch is a multifaceted device that offers various features, including notifications, fitness tracking, and more. While these features are incredibly useful, there might be times when you want to mute the watch, particularly in situations like meetings or while at the movies. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to put your Apple Watch on silent.

1. Using the Watch Itself

You can put the Apple Watch on silent mode directly from the watch. Here’s how:

  • Open Control Center: Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to access the Control Center.
  • Tap the Bell Icon: You’ll see a bell icon; tap it to turn on Silent Mode. When Silent Mode is on, the bell icon will appear on the watch face.

2. Using the Watch App on Your iPhone

You can also control the silent mode from the paired iPhone.

  • Open the Watch App: On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
  • Go to ‘My Watch’ Tab: Tap on the ‘My Watch’ tab at the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap ‘Sound & Haptics’: This will open the sound settings.
  • Toggle ‘Silent Mode’ On: You’ll see a switch next to ‘Silent Mode.’ Toggle it on to activate silent mode on the watch.

3. Using Do Not Disturb

If you want not only to silence notifications but also to minimize interruptions, you can use Do Not Disturb mode.

  • On the Watch: Swipe up to open Control Center, then tap the crescent moon icon.
  • On the iPhone: Open the Watch app, go to ‘My Watch’ > ‘General’ > ‘Do Not Disturb,’ and adjust the settings as desired.

4. Adjusting Haptic Feedback

Even with Silent Mode on, you may still feel haptic notifications. You can adjust or turn off these vibrations if you prefer.

  • On the Watch: Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics, then adjust the ‘Haptic Strength’ slider.
  • On the iPhone: In the Watch app, tap ‘My Watch’ > ‘Sounds & Haptics,’ and adjust the haptic settings.

5. Understanding Theater Mode

In a theater setting, you may wish to use Theater Mode, which not only silences the watch but also keeps the screen dark until you tap it.

  • On the Watch: Swipe up to open Control Center, then tap the two masks icon.
  • Exiting Theater Mode: Tap the two masks icon again to turn off Theater Mode.


Putting the Apple Watch on silent is a simple process that can be done either directly from the watch or through the paired iPhone. Whether you’re in a situation that requires quiet, or you want to minimize interruptions entirely, the Apple Watch offers flexible options to cater to your needs. Silent Mode, Do Not Disturb, and Theater Mode are effective ways to control how and when your Apple Watch communicates with you, allowing you to enjoy the convenience of the device without unnecessary distractions.