Change Ringtone On Apple Watch
Change Ringtone On Apple Watch

Customizing the ringtone on your Apple Watch can add a personal touch to your device and make it easier to recognize your calls. However, the Apple Watch has certain limitations in this regard. Here’s a guide on how you can manage and change the ringtone settings on your Apple Watch.

Understanding Ringtone Customization on Apple Watch

Unlike the iPhone, the Apple Watch doesn’t allow for the same level of customization for ringtones. The options for changing ringtones are more limited.

Changing the Ringtone

While you can’t upload custom ringtones to the Apple Watch like you can on an iPhone, you can change the ringtone from a preset selection of tones. Here’s how:

1. Open the Settings on Your Apple Watch

  • Press the Digital Crown to access the Home screen.
  • Tap on the ‘Settings’ icon.

2. Navigate to Sounds & Haptics

  • In ‘Settings’, scroll down and tap on ‘Sounds & Haptics’.

3. Adjust the Ringtone Settings

  • Under the ‘Sounds & Haptics’ menu, you will find the option to adjust your ringtone volume.
  • Here, you can also set your Apple Watch to vibrate (haptic feedback) on receiving calls.

Using the Watch App on iPhone

You can also adjust the sound settings through the Watch app on your paired iPhone:

1. Open the Watch App

  • On your iPhone, open the ‘Watch’ app.

2. Go to Sounds & Haptics

  • Tap ‘My Watch’ tab at the bottom.
  • Scroll down and select ‘Sounds & Haptics’.

3. Adjust the Settings

  • Similar to the Apple Watch, adjust the ringtone volume and haptic settings as per your preference.


  • No Custom Ringtones: The Apple Watch does not support the addition of custom ringtones like the iPhone does.
  • Limited Selection: The selection of ringtones on the Apple Watch is limited to the presets provided by Apple.

Silent Mode and Do Not Disturb

  • Silent Mode: You can silence your Apple Watch by swiping up from the bottom of the watch face and tapping the bell icon.
  • Do Not Disturb: For fewer interruptions, you can enable ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode from the same control panel.


Changing your Apple Watch ringtone involves adjusting the preset tones and vibration settings, which can be done either directly on the watch or through the Watch app on your iPhone. While customization options are limited compared to the iPhone, these settings allow you to personalize how you receive call notifications on your Apple Watch.


  1. Can I add a custom ringtone to my Apple Watch? No, the Apple Watch does not support custom ringtones.
  2. How do I change the ringtone volume on my Apple Watch? You can change the ringtone volume in the ‘Sounds & Haptics’ section in the settings of your Apple Watch or the Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Can I set my Apple Watch to vibrate for calls? Yes, you can set haptic alerts for calls in the ‘Sounds & Haptics’ settings.
  4. Are there different ringtones to choose from on the Apple Watch? The Apple Watch offers a limited selection of preset ringtones.
  5. How can I silence my Apple Watch quickly? You can use the ‘Silent Mode’ or ‘Do Not Disturb’ options by swiping up from the watch face and tapping the respective icons.
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