How to use Apple Watch Do Not Disturb with watchOS

Apple Watch on wrist showing Apple Watch Do Not Disturb options
(Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

Apple Watch Do Not Disturb, as the name suggests, allows your Apple Watch to continue collecting notifications without actually notifying you. That might sound strange, but it's ideally suited when you're asleep, in a meeting, at the movies, working, or otherwise in a situation where you don't want noise or haptics to bother you. Here's how to set up and use Do Not Disturb on the Apple Watch Series 7 and all the best Apple Watch models.

iMore Contributor Karen S. Freeman
Karen S. Freeman

I've been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long hiatus to work in an Apple Store. I'm a contributor to iMore and co-host of the iMore Show. I like using Apple Watch Do Not Disturb while recording the iMore Show, since I don't want any pings or other distractions while podcasting. The Do Not Disturb function makes it easier to focus.

Set up Apple Watch Do Not Disturb on Apple Watch App for iPhone

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app from your best iPhone's Home screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap on General.
  3. Tap on Do Not Disturb.
  4. Toggle Mirror iPhone to On. You can also automatically turn on Do Not Disturb when you start a workout by toggling Workout Do Not Disturb to On.

To set up Apple Watch Do Not Disturb on the Apple Watch App for iPhone, launch the Apple Watch app, scroll down, tap General, then Do Not Disturb. Toggle Mirror iPhone to On.  (Image credit: iMore)

You can also set up and use Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone and iPad.

How to manually enable Apple Watch Do Not Disturb on your Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown until you get to your watch face.
  2. Swipe up to bring up the Control Center.
  3. Tap on the Do Not Disturb button.
  4. Choose a duration for Do Not Disturbin the list that appears.

To manually enable Apple Watch Do Not Disturb on your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown, swipe up and choose the Control Center. Tap the Do Not Disturb button. Choose a duration for Do Not Disturb/ (Image credit: iMore)

To turn off Do Not Disturb, repeat the same steps.

Times we use Apple Watch Do Not Disturb

  • Working
  • Studying
  • Focusing on projects
  • In a theater or lecture
  • While podcasting
  • While driving
  • While taking a nap
  • At night
  • Anytime we just don't want to be disturbed

Apple Watch Do Not Disturb: Time to relax or get things done

When you don't want notifications making noise or buzzing your wrist, switch your Apple Watch to Do Not Disturb. It's simple to use and gets the job done. And you don't have to worry that you'll miss important notifications. They will be there waiting for you when you turn off the Do Not Disturb function on your Apple Watch.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.