How to customize Message, Mail, Calendar, and other notifications on your Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch can mirror the notification settings of your iPhone, but it can also be customized.

While App Store app notifications remain on/off affairs, some of Apple's built-in apps let you customize what gets sent to your Apple Watch. In some cases you can choose who gets to alert you. In others, what you get alerted about. It's not every app, and it's not completely granular, but it can help you prevent notification from becoming interruption.

How to customize Activity notifications

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap on Activity.

You can toggle Activity alerts on or off for stand reminders, goal completions, achievements, and weekly summaries, and set intervals for progress updates.

How to customize Calendar notifications

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap on Calendar.
  4. Tap on Custom.

You can toggle Calendar alerts on or off, and for upcoming events, invitations, invitation responses, and shared calendar alerts you can toggle sound and/or haptics on or off.

How to customize Mail notifications

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap on Mail.
  4. Tap on Custom.

You can toggle Mail alerts on or off, and for each account, as well as VIP, you can toggle sound and/or haptics on or off.

How to customize Messages notifications

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap on Messages.
  4. Tap on Custom.

You can toggle Messages alerts on or off, as well as sound and/or taptics. You can also choose to repeat alerts never, once, twice, 3 times, 5 times, or 10 times.

How to customize Phone notifications

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap on Phone.
  4. Tap on Custom.

You can toggle Phone alerts on or off, as well as sound and/or haptics on or off.

How to customize Reminder notifications

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap on Reminders.
  4. Tap on Custom.

You can toggle Reminder alerts on or off, as well as sound and/or haptics on or off.