There are few things more annoying than Apple’s red dots. They randomly pop up and linger until we acknowledge them. If you’re wondering what the red dot on an Apple Watch is, we’ll tell you all about it.
Best of all, we’ll also tell you how to get rid of it! Read the following sections to learn about the red dot on an Apple Watch and how to harness its power so you can better enjoy it.
What Is the Red Dot on My Apple Watch?
It seems like every time we turn around, there’s a red dot at the top of our Apple Watch screen. The red dot indicates new messages or notifications, and you’ll see the red dot at the top of the screen whenever someone sends you a text message or you get a social media notification.
You’ll also see the notification indicator if other applications have notifications. For example, if you have a weather app installed on your Apple Watch, the red dot will appear every time you receive an alert. So, the red dot is nothing more than an indicator that you have a message to check or a notification to view.
This helpful little icon never lets us miss a message. Unfortunately, it also never allows us to forget a message. There are plenty of great things to say about Apple, and the fact that you’ll never miss a notification is one of them. Unless, of course, you aren’t a fan of red dots.
If you’re team, “I don’t like the red dot,” we’ll teach you a few tricks to get rid of it in the following sections. Learning to harness its power for the greater good may do wonders for your productivity and mental health.
How to Get Rid of the Red Dot on Apple Watch
There is more than one way to get rid of the red dot on an Apple Watch. You can temporarily remove it, or you can even disable it for some apps entirely. The following sections will teach you how to manage the red dot and make it work for you.
Getting Rid of the Red Dot Temporarily
Okay, let’s solve the most pressing issue: getting rid of the red dot right now. Use this method to check the notification and clear it.
Step 1: Swipe Down from the Top of the Watch
When the red dot appears on your Apple Watch, swipe down from the top to view your notifications.
Step 2: Tap Clear All
Scroll to the bottom of the list and select Clear All. All your notifications will disappear along with the red dot.
How to Disable the Red Dot on an iPhone
Now, maybe you don’t want to deal with the red dot at all. Fortunately, you can turn off the alert indicator in two steps. Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Tap Notifications on the Apple Watch
Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Then, tap Notifications just below the center of the screen.
Note: If you don’t know where the Apple Watch app is, swipe all the way to the right and type Watch into the search bar at the top.
Step 2: Tap Notifications Indicator
Now, tap the toggle switch to the right of Notifications Indicator. Turn the toggle switch grey to turn off the red dot. After doing this, you won’t see the indicator at the top of your Apple Watch until you enable it again.
Taking Control of the Red Dot
Not everyone wants to disable the notifications indicator entirely. Fortunately, you can tweak the settings and customize them here. The following sections will review the many ways you can take control of the dot.
Perhaps you don’t want to turn off the red dot on your Apple Watch for very long. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to ensure it doesn’t return for a while. You can put your Apple Watch in Airplane mode by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the airplane icon.
After clearing the existing notifications, the red dot won’t reappear until you disable Airplane mode again. The only drawback to this method is that you won’t receive any notifications and you won’t be able to listen to music or use Apple Pay. However, it is worth it if you’re really annoyed by that indicator.
Disable App Notifications
We all have one or two apps that we just don’t want sending us alerts. These apps are often annoying but necessary. Fortunately, you can turn off the notifications on particular applications and still receive the ones you like. For example, if the only notifications you want on your watch are messages and phone calls, you can disable all the other ones.
Open the Watch app on your iPhone and select Notifications. Then, scroll through the apps and disable any notifications by tapping the toggle switches to the right. The switches turn grey when the notifications are disabled.
Change Mirror Alerts
One of the more exciting features you have for your Apple Watch is the ability to mirror your iPhone’s notifications. For example, if you turn off the notifications on Facebook Messenger on your iPhone, you won’t receive them on your Apple Watch either.
However, Mirror Alerts also have the opposite effect. Any notifications enabled on your iPhone will also come through on your Apple Watch. You can disable Mirror Alerts by going to the Notification settings in the Watch App. Then, turn off the alerts on your Watch, and the red dot won’t appear for those apps.
Little red dots on screens are annoying. They indicate a notification or task that must be completed, and sometimes, we really just want some peace and quiet. If you aren’t a fan of that little red dot on your Apple Watch, you can make some changes and get rid of it, or you can clear the notification and live with a few moments of dot-free bliss.
Ultimately, the red dot can be helpful because it lets you know you have a notification. Moreover, you can change how it appears to make it work even better for you.
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