How to Set Up and Manage Notifications on Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy watches offer a range of notification features that allow you to stay connected and informed on the go. From enabling app notifications to customizing notification sounds, there are various settings you can tweak to enhance your wearable experience. In this article, we'll walk you through the process of setting up, managing, and using notifications on your Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Enable or Disable App Notifications

To receive notifications on your Samsung Galaxy Watch from specific apps on your phone, you need to enable app notifications. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Galaxy Wearable app and ensure that your watch is connected to your phone.
  2. Tap on “Watch Settings” and then select “Notifications.”
  3. Tap on “More” to view the complete list of apps installed on your phone.
  4. Enable the toggle next to the apps from which you want to receive notifications on your watch. Disable the toggle for apps that shouldn't send notifications to your watch.

Enable Notifications for New Apps

By default, the Galaxy Watch automatically activates notifications for new apps. However, if you want to ensure that notifications are enabled for new apps, follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your watch and select “Notifications.”
  2. Scroll down and enable the toggle for “Turn on for new apps.” Alternatively, you can open the Galaxy Wearable app and go to “Watch Settings > Notifications > Advanced notification settings” and enable “Turn on for new apps.”

View and Reply to Notifications on Watch

When you receive a notification on your watch, an orange dot will appear on the screen. To view notifications:

  • Swipe right from the home screen to access the notification panel.
  • Continue swiping right to see all received notifications.
  • Tap on a notification to open or reply to it.

To reply to a notification, tap on it to view its details. Then, scroll down to select a response option such as voice typing, emoji, handwriting, keyboard input, or quick replies.

Open Notifications on Phone

If you prefer to view a notification on your phone instead of your watch:

  • Open the notification on your watch.
  • Scroll down and tap on the “Continue on phone” icon.
  • Check your phone to view the notification.

Delete Notifications

To delete a specific notification from both your watch and phone:

  • Swipe up on the notification until you see the Delete icon.
  • Tap the Delete icon to remove the notification.

To clear all notifications at once, go to the last notification and tap on the “Clear all” button.

Customize When to Receive Notifications

You have the option to customize when you receive notifications on your Galaxy Watch. Here's how:

  1. In the Galaxy Wearable app, go to “Watch Settings > Notifications.”
  2. Tap on “Show phone notifications on the watch” and choose between “Show alerts when the phone is not in use” or “Show alerts even when the phone is in use.”

Note: You can also manage this setting directly on your watch by going to “Settings > Notifications > Show phone notifications on watch.”

Mute Notifications on Phone

If you don't want to receive duplicate notifications on your watch and phone, you can mute notifications on your phone. Follow these steps:

  • Go to “Settings > Notifications” on your watch and enable “Mute notifications on phone.”
  • Alternatively, you can mute notifications from your phone by going to the “Galaxy Wearable app > Watch Settings > Notifications” and enabling the toggle for “Mute notifications.”

Wake up Watch Screen for New Notifications

If you want your watch screen to wake up whenever you receive a notification, follow these steps:

  • From the Galaxy Wearable app, go to “Watch Settings > Notifications > Advanced notification settings.”
  • Enable the toggle for “Turn on screen.”

Alternatively, you can enable or disable this feature directly on your watch by going to “Settings > Notifications > Turn on screen.”

Hide Notification Details

To protect sensitive information, you can hide notification details on your Galaxy Watch. Here's how:

  • Open the Galaxy Wearable app and go to “Watch Settings > Notifications > Advanced notification settings.”
  • Turn off the toggle for “Show with details.”

Make Your Watch Remind You of Unread Notifications

If you often miss notifications, you can set up your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch to remind you of unread notifications using the notification reminder feature. Please note that this feature may not be available on all Galaxy Watch models.

  • Go to “Settings > Accessibility > Advanced settings” on your watch.
  • Enable “Notification reminder.”

Turn off Notification Indicator

If the orange notification indicator becomes distracting, you can turn it off:

  • Go to “Settings > Notifications” on your Galaxy Watch and disable the toggle for “Notification indicator.”
  • Alternatively, you can go to the “Wearable app > Watch Settings > Notifications > Advanced notification settings” and disable “Notification indicator.”

Change Notification Sound, Vibration, and Volume

You can customize the notification sound, vibration type and strength, and ringtone on your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch. Here's how:

  • Open “Settings” on your watch and go to “Sounds & vibration.”
  • Adjust the notification sound, vibration strength, and volume. Tap on “Volume” to change the notification and ringtone volumes.

You can also change these settings from the Galaxy Wearable app by going to “Watch Settings > Sounds & vibration.”

Mute Notifications on Watch

To silence notifications on your watch without turning off notifications for each app manually, you can put your watch on mute:

  • On your watch or in the Galaxy Wearable app, go to “Settings > Sounds and vibration.”
  • Select “Mute” under the Sound mode.

Alternatively, you can use silent customizable profiles such as Do Not Disturb mode, Goodnight, or Theatre mode to mute notifications and turn off watch display and gestures.

Turn off All App Notifications on the Watch

If you want to disable notifications for all apps on your Galaxy Watch:

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.
  2. Go to “Watch Settings > Notifications > More.”
  3. Tap on the down arrow to view the sort and filter options for the apps and choose “All.”
  4. Enable the toggle next to “All” and then turn it off. This will stop notifications for all apps from showing up on your Galaxy Watch.

If you want to enable notifications later, you'll need to enable them individually for each app.


Setting up and managing notifications on your Samsung Galaxy Watch is essential for maximizing its functionality and staying connected. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can customize your notification settings to suit your preferences and make the most out of your wearable device.