Fix: Apple Watch 8 Not Showing Notifications

Apple recently launched the Apple Watch 8 series smartwatches that come with all that Apple offers in terms of a smartwatch. The main reason Apple users use the Apple watch is its seamless connectivity with the iPhones. But if the two devices are not connected, a user will not receive any notification on the Watch.

This can be fixed simply by setting up the connection again. But some users have recently reported that even when their iPhones are connected to their Apple watch 8 series devices, they do not see any notifications on the Watch. If you are one of these troubled users, this article will help you. Here, we have listed all the solutions you can try to resolve the problem. So without any further ado, let’s get into it.

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How to Fix Apple Watch 8 Not Showing Notifications?

It would be best if you tried all the solutions mentioned here, one after the other until you find the one that works for you.

Check Your Connection:

Before trying out any of the solutions mentioned below, ensure that your Apple Watch is connected to your iPhone. If there is no connection, no matter what you do, you won’t see any notifications.

  • Swipe up on your Apple watch face to open up the control center.
  • If your iPhone is disconnected, you will see a red X icon. If there is an active connection, you will see a green icon. Suppose you see the red icon and set up the connection again.
  • To set up the connection. You need to enable WiFi and Bluetooth on your Apple Watch and iPhone. Furthermore, you need to ensure that both devices are in range to form a connection.

Once this is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Restart Bluetooth on your iPhone and Apple Watch:

As mentioned above, your iPhone and Apple Watch need Bluetooth enabled to establish the connection. But sometimes, when Bluetooth is turned on, your device for a while, it can malfunction and act like it is not turned on. To fix this, you can restart the Bluetooth on your Apple Watch and iPhone.

  • Open up the Settings app on your Apple Watch and go to Bluetooth.
  • Here, turn off the toggle and then turn it on again.
  • Like the iPhone, go to the Settings app and navigate Bluetooth.
  • Here, turn off the toggle and then turn it on again.

Once this is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Check your Apple Watch 8 Notification settings:

On your iPhone, there are specific customization options for the Apple watch. If you have accidentally messed up the notification settings for your Watch on your iPhone, that will result in several notification issues. So let’s take a look at the ideal settings you need to set up to ensure there are no issues in terms of the settings.

  • Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Go to the My Watch tab at the bottom of your screen.
  • Select Notifications.
  • Then select an app whose notifications you wish to customize. Every app will have the same settings. So you can individually get into each application and tweak the settings accordingly.
  • Turn on allow notifications here.
  • Next, go to the option send to Notification Center and here and choose the option to send notifications directly to the notification center.
  • Turn off the option for disabling notifications.

Once this is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Disable Do Not Disturb(DND) mode:

You won’t receive any notifications when the DND is enabled on your Apple Watch. When it is turned on, you will see a small crescent moon icon on the watch’s face. If you see that icon on your Apple Watch, you need to disable the Do Not Disturb mode to get notifications.

  • Swipe from the watch face to open up the Control Center.
  • Tap on the Do Not Disturb button to disable it on your Watch.

Once this is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Disable Cover to Mute:

Similar to the DND mode, there is also a cover-to-mute feature on Apple Watch that silences notifications when it is covered. You should also try disabling that and check whether that solves your problem.

  • On your iPhone, go to the Watch application.
  • Select Sound & Haptics.
  • Turn off or disable Cover to Mute.

Once this is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Hard Reset Your Apple Watch:

Hard resetting your Apple Watch can fix most of the issues on it. But remember that the hard reset will clear out everything you have saved on your Apple Watch. But if the notification issue occurs due to software inconsistency, this should help you fix it.

  • Press and hold the Side button and the Digital Crown of your Apple Watch 8.
  • Wait till the Watch restarts itself.
  • After the restart is complete, your notification issue should be resolved.

Once this is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Update the Apps on Your Watch:

If the apps installed on your Apple Watch are outdated, that will restrict various functionalities you might get with the newer version. Additionally, an older version of any app might be incompatible with the latest WatchOS running on your Watch. That could be why you are not getting any notifications as well.

  • Open up the App Store on your Apple Watch.
  • Scroll to the bottom and choose the option Account.
  • Here, tap on Update to update all the apps due for an update. This should fix the notification issues you might have with the outdated apps on your Watch.

Once this is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Reinstall Apps:

If the notification issue you are having is prevalent only with certain apps, you can also try reinstalling them entirely.

  • Press the Digital Crown and go to the home screen of your Apple Watch 8.
  • Tap and hold the app icon that you need to reinstall.
  • You will see an edit pin here. Tap on it and then tap on the x button.
  • Now go to the App store on your Apple Watch, and search for the app you uninstalled.
  • Install that app again and check whether your issue is resolved or not.

Once this is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Update Your Apple Watch:

Apple Watches, much like every other Apple device, receives updates over time. And if you are on an outdated version of WatchOS, that could also cause your notifications issue. So you need to update your Apple Watch 8 to the latest version immediately.

There are two ways to update your Apple watch 8. You can do it via your Apple Watch or your iPhone. Let’s take a look at both processes one by one.

Via Apple Watch:

  • Place your Apple Watch 8 on the charger and ensure that the Watch is charging.
  • Go to the Settings app on your Watch.
  • Navigate to general and choose the option Software Update.
  • Then install the latest version of the WatchOS onto your device.

Via iPhone

  • Open the watch app on your iPhone.
  • Navigate to general and choose the option Software Update.
  • Then install the latest version of the WatchOS onto your device.

Once the Update is done, check whether your notification issue is resolved. If you still see no notifications on your Apple Watch 8, move on to the following solution.

Erase and Re-pair your Watch:

If none of the solutions mentioned above worked for you, you should try to re-pair your Watch with the iPhone. This will mean you will lose all your data temporarily, but once the connection is established again, the automatic backup feature will get your data back into the Watch. You don’t need to worry about losing out any data.

There are two ways to go about it. You can either do this via your Watch, or you can use your iPhone.

Via the Apple Watch:

  • Go to the Settings app on your Watch.
  • Navigate to General.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap on the option Reset.
  • Select the option to erase all content and then confirm your action.

Via the iPhone:

  • Go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Navigate to General.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap on the option Reset.
  • Select the optionĀ Erase Apple Watch Content and then confirm your action.

Contact Apple Support:

Finally, it could be an internal issue if you have tried everything mentioned above but still do not see any notifications. In this situation, you can best contact Apple Support and inform them about your problem. They should be able to provide you with a proper resolution.

So these are all the solutions to fix the notification not showing up on Apple Watch 8 issue. If you have any questions or queries about this article, comment below, and we will get back to you. Also, check out our other articles on iPhone tips and tricks, Android tips and tricks, PC tips and tricks, and much more for more helpful information.

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