If privacy matters more to you than convenience, you can make sure your notifications only expand when you want them to.

By default, the Apple Watch will show short look notifications — the originating app and a snippet of context like sender name or alert type — but if you keep your arm raised, they'll auto-expand into long look notifications — the contents of a message or email. If you want the convenience of simply being able to raise your arm and read your notifications, this isn't for you. If you'd rather be in control of when and how you see more detailed notifications, however, you can tell your Apple Watch to wait for you to tap the screen before it expands. All you have to do is adjust your settings.

How to enable notification privacy on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on iPhone.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Toggle Notification Privacy to ON.

How to view private notifications on Apple Watch

  1. Tap the short look notification.
  2. Choose Reply or Dismiss.