This simple change will make my Apple Watch less annoying.

There are many ways to manage notifications on iPhone and Apple Watch – from simple permission boxes to more configurable features like Focus Modes when you first open an iPhone app. However, there is a workflow that Apple has not yet offered that will greatly enhance the Apple Watch experience.


The way notifications work between iPhone and Apple Watch, by default, is fine. If you allow notifications from an app on your iPhone, the Apple Watch will suck the alert without sounding on the iPhone. And people prefer the convenience of seeing notifications on the Apple Watch instead of taking out the iPhone!

But what if you decide you don’t want to use Apple Watch for notifications? You can turn off notifications for each app at a time. For every new app installed on your iPhone, there is a need to photograph default notifications.

You can turn on Do Not Disturb or any other focus mode on the Apple Watch as a solution, but I’m sure it will always be reflected on your iPhone right now, and either way, it’s just a solution. Yes – not right.

I usually remember turning off these toggles when the clock sent an alert from a newly installed app.


In the future update of the iPhone and Apple Watch I want to see:

  • A toggle in the Watch app on the iPhone to disable notifications from all iPhone alerting apps
  • A new permission box on the iPhone when opening apps for the first time – just like iPhone notifications

My colleague and trade store attendant Parker Ortolani joked about a simple example of what it looks like:

In case of no notice

It’s not a good idea to add another request for permission while boarding the app, but I’m keeping my requests to a minimum today and not asking for a box with a toggle for each request. That said, I’m not finished with proposing changes to the way Apple Watch works.

So why would anyone want to keep information on the iPhone like the Apple Watch was never introduced?

The simplest answer is that repetitive notifications can be overwhelming. A more complex reason is that some warnings are useful for learning information rather than dealing with this information without the iPhone. Additionally, if you still watch your iPhone regularly throughout the day, dealing with notifications on two screens instead of one can increase the stress instead of reducing screen time.


Those reasons are more thematic than ever and are based on how you use your iPhone – a more objective argument involves sound. When I reviewed the original Apple Watch in 2015, the thing I mentioned was that notifications are already limited to the set tones, and I guess that will change within a year.

Use messages or mail notifications? Both sting with the same sound. Receive alerts from apps with their own tones like Spark or TweetBot? Both sting with the same sound.

It doesn’t matter if you keep your watch silent, but there’s no good reason not to notice that the sound of the notification hasn’t changed in six years. (Apple changed the ringtone to include cellular in the Apple Watch Series 3, but you can’t choose between two different versions.)

One could argue that distinguishing information by voice is not as important as visual information, but I would argue that resolving voice options is not a difficult issue. Maybe watchOS 9 and iOS 16 save us!

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