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Question: What is the difference between Silent Mode, Do Not Disturb and Theater Mode?

I was trying to configure my watch to provide haptics when receiving a notification, but not make any noise. In the process, I wasn't sure whether to use Do Not Disturb, Silent Mode or Theater Mode and could not find a good description of how each of them operates and what is different between them.

Apple Watch Series 2, watchOS 3.2

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Silent Mode turns off sound alerts, but not haptic alerts.


Do Not Disturb mode turns off all alerts (except for alarms and heart rate notifications).


Theatre Mode enables Silent Mode and also prevents your Apple Watch display from waking when you raise your wrist (with that setting enabled).


More information:

Change the audio and notification settings on your Apple Watch - Apple Support

Adjust brightness, text size, sounds, and haptics

Be a considerate moviegoer with Theater Mode

Use the Control Center on your Apple Watch - Apple Support

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Dec 11, 2017 5:58 AM in response to Jl3833 In response to Jl3833

Hi


Silent Mode turns off sound alerts, but not haptic alerts.


Do Not Disturb mode turns off all alerts (except for alarms and heart rate notifications).


Theatre Mode enables Silent Mode and also prevents your Apple Watch display from waking when you raise your wrist (with that setting enabled).


More information:

Change the audio and notification settings on your Apple Watch - Apple Support

Adjust brightness, text size, sounds, and haptics

Be a considerate moviegoer with Theater Mode

Use the Control Center on your Apple Watch - Apple Support

Dec 11, 2017 5:58 AM

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Dec 11, 2017 6:29 AM in response to Jl3833 In response to Jl3833

You're welcome! 🙂


To configure phone call alerts for haptic only:


  • On your iPhone, in the Watch app, go to: My Watch (tab) > Phone.
  • Choose Custom and select your preferred settings under each of Alerts and Ringtone.

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Question: What is the difference between Silent Mode, Do Not Disturb and Theater Mode?