If you want to prevent your Apple Watch from disturbing you with alarms, notifications, or other sounds, you have no less than three ways to keep it quiet: Silent Mode, Theater Mode, and Do Not Disturb. They differ slightly but all have their place and are managed on the same screen.
You control the three silent modes through your watch's Control Center, which you can access by swiping up from the bottom of any screen. If you do not see the icon you want, move the screen up and down with your finger or turn the crown of the watch.
- "Silent mode" means that your watch does not ring or beep but vibrates. All other functions work normally. Turn it on and off by tapping the bell icon.
- "Theater Mode" puts your phone in silent mode and turns off the display unless you tap or press a key. Your watch does not ring or light up, but it vibrates. Turn this mode on and off by tapping the comedy / tragedy icon.
It's possible to set up your devices to be on your phone when you turn on Do Not Disturb on your watch (and vice versa).
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone and scroll down to General.
- Touch the menu item "Do Not Disturb".
- Turn on "Mirror iPhone." This means that Do Not Disturb on your iPhone and your watch will be turned on or off at the same time (and you can control the setting from both devices).
If you choose Do Not Disturb mode, you can choose how long it should last: until you quit, for only an hour, until the evening, or until you leave your current location. If there is an event on your calendar right now, you can also set Do Not Disturb to last until the event ends.
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