How to turn off annoying default alerts on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is truly one of the most impressive devices released in the past decade. The integration of lifestyle tracking (such as Fitbit) and the ability to quickly view messages and calls is nothing short of magical. The watch tracks my heart rate, how much I exercise, and how much I stand.

There are third-party sleep tracking apps to help users better understand how well they sleep. The Apple Watch even reminds you to breathe regularly, a push towards mindfulness.

That said, mindfulness loses its appeal when the Apple Watch reminds you to breathe at 3 a.m. while wearing the watch to track sleep. Many of the default warnings can become annoying after a while, but it’s not always obvious how to turn them off.

Here’s how you can turn off the most annoying default alerts so your sleep tracker is accurate and doesn’t pick up on sudden wake-ups followed by spikes in your heart rate.

How to turn off notifications on Apple Watch

  • Start by opening the Watch app on your iPhone.
  • You’ll see a bunch of options, starting with your watch itself at the top, selecting your watch face below it, and then a list of four tabs that you can tap – Complications, Notifications, Application Layout and Dock.
  • Clap Notify.
My watch settings window on iPhone

By default, there are two Watch apps that send notifications and reminders – Work and Breathe.

Activity and Breath in Notifications
  • Clap Work. The simplest way to disable it completely is to touch Notifications are off in the next screen.

If you want to customize exactly what notifications you receive, you have the following options:

  • Stand Reminder (get a reminder to stand if you’ve been sitting for the first 50 minutes of an hour).
  • Daily training (reminder to complete your activity goal).
  • Goal accomplished (notify when you reach your Move, Exercise or Stand goal for the day).
  • Special challenges (announcement of the completion of special achievements).
  • Activity sharing notifications (notify when someone you share an activity with completes a challenge).
Active window in Notifications

Each can be turned on or off individually, You can also control the group of activities from this screen.

Turn off breathing reminder

  • Breathe is a guided breathing and meditation app for Apple Watch. Clap Breathe under Work open it.
  • Furthermore, the simplest way to turn off notifications is to set all notifications to Turn off. You can also choose to send them to the Notification Center on your phone.
Breathing reminder notification window
  • To change individual settings, press Breathing Reminder. You can choose anywhere from 0 to 10 reminders per day.
  • Below this option you will see a sliding tab for Weekly summarythat’s exactly what it sounds like – a summary version of how often you used the app in the last week.

You can mute apps for a day, control notification groups, and even change how much haptic feedback the watch provides.

The Breathing more interesting. Through this setting, you can control the number of breaths you are instructed to take per minute of using the app. By default, it is set to seven, but you can choose anywhere from four to ten.

To change the duration of a Breathe session, open the app on your Watch and rotate the dial.

At the bottom of the screen, you can select Use The time before thatmakes each new Breathe session default to the same duration as the previous session.

Turn off other notifications

By default, your Apple Watch will mirror notifications from your phone. From the View screen, scroll down and you’ll see a list of all the apps that mirror these notifications. You can disable these apps individually until only the apps you care about are left.

The Apple Watch is a great tool for tracking your activity and improving your health, but you don’t want a midnight reminder to get up and stretch. That’s the opposite of better sleep. Just follow the steps above to turn off notifications or limit them to a specific time of day so nothing disrupts your sleep.

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