Apple Watch Not Showing Text Messages: How to Fix It

Check your iMessage settings On your iPhone, go to Settings >, Messages and make sure that iMessage is turned on. Then tap Send &, Receive and make sure that you're using the same Apple ID that your Apple Watch is using. If you aren't signed in, sign in to iMessage with your Apple ID.

Are you having trouble receiving text messages on your Apple Watch? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot this issue.

Firstly, check if your Apple Watch has access to any messages at all or if it just doesn’t receive notifications for them. To do this, go to your Apple Watch menu and open the Messages app. If you can see all the latest messages from your iPhone on your Apple Watch, then everything is synced, and the problem is just with notifications. However, if you can’t see any messages at all, make sure you update your Apple Watch and iPhone to the latest operating system.

Next, check if you have the same Apple ID on both your Apple Watch and iPhone. The devices need to be paired and connected to the same iPhone, so ensure you’re using the same Apple ID on both. You can check this by going to the Settings on your Apple Watch and tapping on your name to see your Apple ID, name, phone numbers, email, and other details.

Since the Apple Watch is an extension of your iPhone, it should mirror your iPhone’s text messages automatically if they’re paired and in range. To verify this, make sure that your phone number and email for your Apple ID and iMessage are the same as the ones on your Apple Watch. To do this, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive on your iPhone.

If you’re not receiving text message notifications on your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to Notifications. Here, you’ll need to turn on “Mirror my iPhone” and customize your notification settings, allowing notifications with sounds, haptics, repeated alerts, etc. Ensure that the “Allow Notifications” toggle is on and that you’re not in airplane mode, have Wi-Fi, and are within range of your iPhone.

If none of the above steps work, you can try resetting iMessage by turning it off and waiting for a while before turning it back on. If all else fails, try resetting your Apple Watch or restarting both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

In conclusion, these are some of the steps you can take to fix the issue of not receiving text messages on your Apple Watch. Try them out, and hopefully, you’ll be able to troubleshoot the problem.


Why are my text messages not showing up on my Apple Watch?
If you don't receive messages on your Watch, it might be because 'Messages' are turned off on your Watch. You can easily turn this on via your iPhone. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap 'My Watch'. Tap 'Messages' and then choose the apps from which you want to receive notifications.
How do I get my text messages to show up on my Apple Watch?
Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Tap My Watch, then tap Messages. Tap Custom to set options for how you want to be notified when you receive a message.
Why does my iPhone not notify me of texts when wearing an Apple Watch?
If your iPhone is unlocked, you'll receive notifications on your iPhone instead of your Apple Watch. If your iPhone is locked or asleep, you'll receive notifications on your Apple Watch, unless your Apple Watch is locked.
Why is my Apple Watch vibrating but not showing notifications?
If you're feeling a vibration or hearing a sound from your Apple Watch, but you're not receiving a notification, try restarting both the Apple Watch and the iPhone that it is paired with and test to see if the issue remains.