Apple Watch No Email Notifications Problem

An Apple watch always come in handy in times when you need to check your email from time to time, for business purposes or for your daily email checks. Whenever you receive email notifications on your iPhone, you can also check those notifications on your Apple watch as well. Provided that both devices are synced with each other to be able to do so. 

However, there are instances wherein you are not getting any mail notifications on your Apple Watch despite getting it on your iPhone. You may seem to wonder as to why it is happening. Not being able to receive notification on an Apple Watch can be a frustrating experience most especially when you rely mostly on your Apple Watch to check emails when iPhone is in sleep mode. 

Perhaps the reason as to why Apple watch is not getting any notifications of an incoming email is because of some settings that needs to be changed on your Apple watch or iPhone as well. Also, at times, a device can experience bugs or glitch that’s causing the problem. And even more, you may be having some difficulty with the WiFi connection that the iPhone is connected to. Whatever the reason may be, there are also potential solutions that you need to try in fixing the problem of an Apple Watch that is not getting any notification regarding their emails. Read on below to find out how.


The very first thing you need to do is to make sure that Bluetooth is enabled. Since Bluetooth is used to connect the Apple watch to an iPhone, aside from making sure that Bluetooth is active, you also have to check whether or not that both devices are connected to each other via Bluetooth. How to check Bluetooth Connectivity on iPhone, follow the steps below: 

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen of your iPhone

  2. Tap on Bluetooth

  3. Toggle Bluetooth ON if it is not enabled.

  4. If Bluetooth is already enabled, check from the list of devices and look for the Apple watch name. 

  5. Make sure that Apple watch is connected to your Bluetooth


It is likely possible that you are not getting email notifications on your Apple watch is because your iPhone is not connected to a Wifi connection. To be able to receive mail notifications, iPhone synced to the Apple watch must be connected to a WiFi or Data connection to fetch emails.  To check WiFi or Data Connection, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen of the iPhone

  2. Tap on Wifi

  3. Toggle WiFi ON. 

  4. Make sure you are connected to a WiFi connection

To check data connection:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen of the iPhone

  2. Tap on Cellular

  3. Toggle ON Cellular Data tab

  4. You can also activate Wifi and Data connection from the Control Center of your iPhone. 


Most of the time, a glitch or bugs can affect how a device functions and performs. Therefore it is very important and highly recommended that to prevent experiencing software related issues on your device, make sure to update it from time to time. When Apple releases a new software update, it does not only brings new app improvements but also fixes bugs and glitch that may have caused issues with either your Apple Watch or iPhone. Check for available update by doing these steps on your iPhone and Apple watch.

On iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen of your iPhone

  2. Tap on General

  3. Then tap on Software Update

  4. Apple server will now Check for available updates. 

  5. Tap on Download and Install if there is an available update

  6. If there is no available update to download, it means that the software on your iPhone is up to date.

On Apple watch:

  1. Gently press on the Digital Crown of Apple watch

  2. Tap on Settings

  3. Then tap on General

  4. Tap on Software Update, it will now check for update. 

  5. Next, tap on install for the available update.

  6. If there is no available update, a message appears Apple watch is up to date.


There is a possibility that you are not getting notifications on mail apps of your Apple watch is perhaps you have enabled the Do Not Disturb mode. When Apple Watch is on a Do Not Disturb mode, it actually turns off the sounds and taps on your wearable. From the name itself, it keeps it from receiving notifications not just email notifications but all other notifications as well. Although it does receive the email but it is not notifying you. 

  1. Gently press the Digital Crown located at the right side of the Apple watch

  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb tab

  3. Check whether Do Not Disturb tab is enabled. If it is, Toggle OFF the tab. 


Both the Apple watch and iPhone are synced together thereby it basically gets what your iPhone notifications are gettings. Although this may depend on the availability of an app on your watch as not all apps on iPhone are made available as of yet on an Apple watch.

However you are also allowed to customize the notification settings on your Apple watch, here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Watch App on the iPhone

  2. Then tap on My watch tab, located at the lower left corner of the screen

  3. Tap on Notifications tab

  4. Next, tap on Mail App. 

  5. Tap on Mirror my iPhone

Activating Mirror my iPhone tab basically means that whatever notifications your iPhone is getting, you will also be getting it on your Apple watch. Make sure to also enable the Notifications indicator. When Notifications Indicator is activated, a red dot will appear at the upper portion on the screen of the Apple watch, this means that you have unread notifications. Activate notification indicator by:

  1. Go to Watch App from the home screen of your iPhone

  2. Tap on Notifications tab

  3. Toggle ON Notification Indicator tab to enable it. 

Although if you want to change the notifications settings according to your preferences, you may do so by tapping on Custom rather than tapping on Mirror on My iPhone. Customizing it simply means you can choose which email (if ever you have more than one) you only want to be notified on your Apple watch and other notification settings as well.


There are instances wherein you activated the ‘Cover to Mute’ option on your Apple watch. The function of it is to basically mute alerts and notification on your wearable. Then it is enabled, it may be the cause why you are not getting mail notifications. Thereby it is best to disable the function to receive notification on mail apps in no time by doing these steps:

  1. Go to Watch App from the home screen of your iPhone

  2. Tap on My Watch located at the left side corner of the screen

  3. Then tap on Sounds and Haptics tab

  4. Scroll down from the list of options to find Cover to mute option

  5. Toggle OFF Cover to Mute. 


There is a function on your Apple watch called the Wrist Detection. From the name itself, it basically means that when you are using a passcode on your Apple watch it automatically locks when you are not wearing it and unlocks every time you use it. Thereby when you are not using your Apple watch, it becomes locked and can only be accessed after passcode is inputed. A locked Apple watch cannot receive notifications hence email notifications. Therefore it is best to disable wrist detection so that it does not automatically locks when you are not using it. But you may also want to rethink before doing this solution as enabling wrist detection also secures your content. 

  1. Go to the Watch App from the home screen of your iPhone

  2. On the My Watch category, which is located at the lower left corner of the screen, tap on Passcode

  3. Toggle OFF Wrist Detection tab.


When the solutions above did not seem to fix notifications problems, you may unpair your Apple watch from your iPhone and Re-pair it again. This way the settings will be set to default and you can set up again your wearable that might help fix it from not being able to receive email notifications.

  1. Go to Watch App from the home screen of your iPhone

  2. Tap on the Profile name located at the upper portion

  3. Tap on the “i” icon located at the profile name

  4. Then, tap on Unpair Apple watch

  5. Enter Passcode when prompted to confirm action

  6. Follow the onscreen instructions on how to pair an Apple watch to iPhone again.

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