How to silence Apple Watch for an incoming call

May 21, 2021

If you think you are an Apple Watch ninja and know all the possible hacks the smartwatch has to offer, think again! There's a lot your small techy timepiece can do. Refer to this guide to know how to silence Apple Watch for an incoming call by using the Cover to mute feature.

Watch Series 6

How to Silence Apple Watch using Cover to mute feature?

Your Apple Watch includes an array of settings you can tweak to make it work the way you desire. For instance, you can configure it to stop ringing loudly or invoke an unexpected Siri response on serious occasions by muting it through the Cover to Mute feature. Read how to silence Apple Watch with the Cover to Mute feature enabled.

  1. Unlock your Apple Watch.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Choose Sounds & Haptics.
  4. Scroll down to the Haptics section.
  5. Locate the 'Cover to Mute' setting.
  6. Toggle the switch to enable it.

Just like your smartphone, you can hear the ringing call on your Watch, if you have it paired to your iPhone. But good meeting etiquette suggests, you should take care to disable your digital devices from making sounds when present in such a setting.

How do I silence my Apple Watch?

Watch Settings Icon
Watch Settings Icon

If you just want to mute alerts rather than putting your Watch on Silent Mode, unlock it and head to its Settings.

Settings Sounds & Haptics
Settings Sounds & Haptics

Scroll down to locate the Sounds & Haptics setting.

When found, tap it, and go to the Haptics section.

Cover to Mute toggle
Cover to Mute toggle

There, look for the Cover to Mute option. If seen, toggle the switch to enable it. Once Cover to Mute is on and you receive an alert, you can mute the watch by resting your palm on the display to cover it for at least 3 seconds. You’ll feel a tap to confirm that mute is enabled.

Most of us would simply block the incoming ringing calls but this appears to be a much simpler way of forbidding your timepiece from making sounds and bothering others at work.


Hope that makes sense!


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