Manage notifications on your Samsung smart watch

Notification reminder screen showing on Galaxy Watch Active 2 - Manage notifications for Smart watch

Getting a lot of spam email notifications on your watch? No worries, you can choose which apps send notifications to your watch and how much information is displayed on your screen. Once you customize your preferences, you’ll only see the reminders and messages that you want to.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by provider, phone, or watch.

Manage Notification reminder feature for the watch

Make your watch remind you of any unread notifications just in case you've missed them.

On your watch, navigate to Settings. Swipe to and tap Accessibility, tap Advanced settings, and then tap Notification reminder. Tap the switch to turn this feature on.

Below the switch, the following settings are available:

  • Vibrate when sound plays: The watch will vibrate when it makes a notification sound.

  • Remind every: Get a reminder about unread notifications. Choose from 3 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes.

Notification reminder settings on the Galaxy Watch Active 2

Alternatively, you can also open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, and then tap Accessibility. Tap Advanced settings, and then tap Notification reminder.

Manage Notification settings for the watch

To make your notifications even better, you can choose when and how you receive them.

Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, and then tap the Home tab. Tap Notifications, and make sure the switch at the top of the screen is turned on to receive notifications. From here, you can select from the following settings:

  • Show only while wearing: Only show notifications on your watch while it's being worn.

  • Show while using phone: Show phone notifications on your watch while you're using your phone.

  • Turn on for new apps: Set newly installed apps to send notifications.

Notifications switched on in the Galaxy Wearable app

Tap See all notification settings to access these additional options:

  • Mute connected phone: If Show only while wearing is enabled, this option will prevent your phone from making a sound for notifications.

  • Show with details: Show the details of new notifications automatically.

  • Turn on screen: Turn on the watch screen when notifications are received.

  • Auto open apps on phone: Pick up your phone to open the relevant app automatically when you get notifications on your watch.

If your watch is connected to an iOS phone, you can manage notifications settings for the watch using the Samsung Galaxy Watch app on the phone. Once you open the app, just tap Notifications. From here, you can turn the switch on or off next to Receive notifications, Turn on screen, Auto show details, and Notification indicator. Smart relay won't be available if you activate this.

Manage apps notifications for the watch

Keep getting notifications from that puzzle game? You can customize which apps will send notifications to your watch.

Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, tap the Home tab, and then tap Notifications. First, make sure the switch at the top of the screen is turned on. Tap See all under "Recently sent notifications." Then, tap the drop-down arrow and select All. Now you will be able to view all apps installed on your phone. To turn notifications on or off for individual apps, tap the switch next to your desired app. If you want to turn notifications on or off for all apps, tap the switch at the top of the screen next to All apps.

A list of notifications with more options on top in the Galaxy Wearable app

Don't forget to set newly installed apps to automatically send notifications by tapping the switch next to "Turn on for new apps" from the Notifications menu.

If your watch is connected to an iOS phone, you can block unwanted notifications for apps that you receive on the watch. Just open the Galaxy Watch app on the phone, tap Notifications, and then tap More options (the three vertical dots). Tap Block notifications, and then select the desired app(s) to be added to the block list. If you change your mind, just select the app again to remove it from blocked list.

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