How to make your Apple Watch vibrate more prominently

BY Kelly Hodgkins

Published 27 Feb 2016

iPhone 6s with Apple Watch

The Apple Watch uses haptic feedback to notify you discreetly of incoming alerts, navigation and other information. This type of physical notification can be extremely helpful as long as you can feel it. If you find the haptic pulse to be too, subtle Apple has added a setting on the Watch and the iPhone that allows you to adjust the degree of vibration.

How to make your Apple Watch vibrate more prominently

Adjust Haptic Feedback On the Watch


If you don’t want to power up your iPhone, you can quickly change the haptic feedback directly on your watch. Just press the digital crown to access the Home screen and then tap the icon for the “Settings” app. Follow the steps below to change the haptic feedback.

  1. Tap “Sounds & Haptics” within the Setting app to view the volume and other settings.
  2. Swipe up to scroll down and access the haptic options for the Watch.
  3. Tap the right button to increase the haptic strength. Conversely, you can tap the left button to decrease it.
  4. You also can tap the “Prominent Haptics” slider to turn on this feature, which pre-announces incoming notifications with a haptic alert.

As you make these changes, the Apple Watch will vibrate allowing you to test out the new settings on the fly.

Adjust Haptic Feedback On the iPhone


These haptic options for the Watch also can be changed on your iPhone using the Watch app as follows.

  1. Tap the Watch app icon on the iPhone Home screen to open the Watch app.
  2. Tap the “My Watch” icon at the bottom of the display to access the Watch settings.
  3. Tap “Sounds & Haptics” on the My Watch screen to change the haptic configuration.
  4. Tap and drag the “Haptic Strength” slider all the way to the right to increase it to its maximum.
  5. You also can tap the “Prominent Haptic” slider button to turn that feature on.

Do you find the haptic feedback on the Apple Watch to be useful? Have you adjusted the strength of it? Let us know if and how you use this feature in the comments.