How to Turn Off Apple Watch Phone Call Notifications (watchOS 10)

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Receiving phone calls on your Apple Watch is a convenient way to know who’s calling you even if your iPhone is not nearby. However, if you do not want calls coming through on your Apple Watch, you can turn off notifications. Find out how to turn off Apple Watch phone calls below!

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • Avoid being alerted about phone calls on too many devices at once.
  • Stop yourself from accidentally picking up calls on your watch.

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System Requirements

This tip works on Apple Watches running watchOS 9 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of watchOS.

While you cannot turn off phone calls completely on your Apple Watch, you can disable call notifications. For more helpful Apple Watch tutorials, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here’s how to turn off notifications for Apple Watch phone calls:

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  1. Open the Watch app.

    iphone home screen with watch app circled in red
  2. Scroll down, and tap Phone.

    apple watch iphone app with phone circled in red
  3. Tap Custom.

    apple watch phone settings with custom circled in red
  4. Tap Notifications Off.

    apple watch phone settings with notifications off circled in red
  5. Under Ringtone, disable the toggles for Sound and Haptic.

    apple watch phone settings with sound and haptic toggles circled in red

This will disable phone call notifications on your Apple Watch. This means that your Apple Watch will not vibrate, play a ringtone, or turn on the display when you receive a phone call. However, keep in mind that if you raise your wrist, tap the display, or press the Digital Crown/Side Button, you will still be greeted by the incoming call screen on your watch. Next, find out how to silence notifications on your Apple Watch.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.