Quick Apple Watch Not Receiving Texts Troubleshooting Tips

Apple Watch not getting texts or not sending them? Find out what might be causing the issue and how to fix it.

Can you text on Apple Watch? Yes! But sometimes, there may be an issue preventing you from being able to send, receive, and read text messages. Connectivity issues, software bugs, and a syncing error between your Apple Watch and iPhone can all be culprits, but they are easy to troubleshoot.

Troubleshooting Apple Watch Not Receiving Texts

If your Apple Watch is not able to receive or send messages, there are several steps you can take to troubleshoot. To learn more about your Apple Watch, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Control Center on your Apple Watch by swiping up from the bottom of your watch face.

    Open the Control Center on your Apple Watch by swiping up from your watch face.
     
  2. Make sure that neither Airplane Mode nor Do Not Disturb Mode is on.

    Make sure that neither Airplane Mode nor Do Not Disturb Mode is on.
     
  3. If you have a Wi-Fi-only watch, make sure that Wi-Fi is on and that your phone is in range. If you have a Wi-Fi and cellular watch, make sure that cellular is on.

    If you have a Wi-Fi-only watch, make sure that Wi-Fi is on and that your phone is in range.
     
  4. Try sending a text on your iPhone, if that doesn't work, you might be having issues with your cellular provider, or you might be in a dead zone.

    Try sending a text on your iPhone, if that doesn't work, you might be having issues with your cellular provider, or you might be in a dead zone.
     
  5. If your connectivity seems fine, make sure that you signed in with your Apple ID by opening Watch app on your iPhone.

    If your connectivity seems fine, make sure that you signed in with your Apple ID by opening Watch app on your iPhone.
     
  6. In the My Watch tab, tap General.

    In the My Watch tab, tap General.
     
  7. Tap Apple ID.

    Tap Apple ID.
     
  8. If you see the correct email address, then you are signed in.

    If you see the correct email address, then you are signed in.
     
  9. While you are in the Watch app on your iPhone, make sure to check your iMessage is turned on. Tap My Watch.

    Tap My Watch.
     
  10. Tap Messages.

    Tap Messages.
     
  11. Make sure that Mirror my iPhone is checked.

    Make sure that Mirror my iPhone is checked.
     
  12. Next, open Settings on your iPhone.

    Next, open Settings on your iPhone.
     
  13. Open Messages.

    Open Messages.
     
  14. Make sure iMessage is toggled on.

    Toggle iMessage back on.
     
  15. Next, tap Send & Receive.

    Next, tap Send & Receive.
     
  16. Make sure that you are using the same Apple ID under Start new conversations from and You can receive iMessages to and reply from in the Messages settings.

    Make sure that you are using the same Apple ID under START NEW CONVERSATIONS FROM and YOU CAN RECEIVE IMESSAGES TO AND REPLY FROM in the Messages settings.
     
  17. If it still doesn’t work, try signing out of iMessage by tapping your Apple ID under Send & Receive.

    If it still doesn’t work, try signing out of iMessage by tapping your Apple ID under Send & Receive.
     
  18. Tap Sign Out.

    Tap Sign Out.
     
  19. Go back by tapping Messages.

    Go back by tapping Messages.
     
  20. Toggle iMessage off and wait a few seconds.

    Toggle iMessage off and wait a few seconds.
     
  21. Toggle iMessage back on.

    Toggle iMessage back on.
     
  22. Tap Send & Recieve.

    Next, tap Send & Receive.
     
  23. Tap Use your Apple ID for iMessage.

    Tap Use your Apple ID for iMessage.
     
  24. Tap Sign In.

    Tap Sign In.
     
  25. If it still doesn’t work, try restarting both your Apple Watch and your iPhone. To restart your Apple Watch, turn it off and then back on again.
  26. Finally, if you are still experiencing issues, check that both your Apple Watch and iPhone are running the latest software. Updates contain common bug fixes that might be preventing your Apple Watch from receiving messages.
  27. If none of this works, contact Apple Support directly as it could be a software issue. Find out if Apple's Standard Warranty covers your Apple Watch by reading this.

Now that you know how to troubleshoot not getting text notifications on Apple Watch! Once everything is working as it should learn all the tips and tricks to make you an Apple Watch texting pro. (LINK) I'll even teach you how to get a keyboard on Apple Watch!

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Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Rhode Island. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.