What Does the Red Dot Mean on My Apple Watch?

What Does the Red Dot Mean on My Apple Watch

Does a red dot often appear on your Apple Watch? Do you know what it means? Well, don’t worry, it is just an unread message. This is how you can disable it on your apple watch.

The red dot feature on the Apple watch is the notification indicator. It indicates that there are unread notifications. It usually appears at the center top of the watch face. This is equivalent to the breathing light of many Android phones. When you have unread messages, the breathing light at the bottom will flash.

Even other kinds of smartwatches have these options too, according to Superwatches.

You only need to slide down the screen, read the message, and the red dot feature will disappear. The red dot is essential as you can quickly know whenever you have a new email, missed call, message, and much more.


The red dot symbol works perfectly well when you get a few notifications, but it isn't always the case for everyone. If you get too many notifications, the red dot will remain on the watch for a long time. It may seem like a nuisance. If disabling isn’t an option, consider hiding the red dot.

Turn off the message notification red dot on the iPhone

Instead of disabling the red dot notification indicator. It is wiser to turn off the message notification. This is how a user can do it on their iPhone device.

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone device.

Step 2: Select the “notification” option.


Step 3: On the notification settings, you will first see “Notifications Indicator.” Click the switch to disable it. This will help to hide the red dot on your apple watch. If enabled, it is green; if disabled, it is grey.

if disabled it is grey


That’s it. You can exit the apple watch app.

Turn off the message notification red dot on the Apple watch

You can also turn off the red dot notification indicator on your apple watch. This is how you can do it:

Step 1: Tap the apple watch display once to wake the screen.

Step 2: Press the Digital crown – the large circular button on the right side of the apple watch.

Press the Digital crown

Step 3: When you press the digital crown, it opens a list of apps on your apple watch. Click the gear icon to open settings.

Click the gear icon to open settings

Step 4: When settings open, click on Notifications.


Step 5: Like when you turn it off on your iPhone, toggle off the green icon for the notifications indicator. If it is green, it is enabled; when grey, it is disabled.

If it is green it is enabled

That’s it.

The meaning of other apple watch status icons

These are some of the typical smartwatches status icons that you will come across when using your apple watch.

Green lightningGreen lightning — Your apple watch is charging.

Red lightningRed lightning — Your watch is low on battery.

Yellow airplane icon Yellow airplane icon — The watch is currently in airplane mode.

Purple moon icon Purple moon icon— The watch is on “Do not disturb.”

Orange masks icon Orange masks icon – The watch is on theatre mode or silent mode.

Blue WiFi icon Blue WiFi icon – Your apple watch is connected to a Wi-Fi network

Green cellular data icon Green cellular data icon – Your apple watch is connected to a GPS + cellular network.

Red phone iconRed phone icon – Your watch is not connected to your iPhone.

Red Cancel icon Red Cancel icon – Your apple watch has lost connection to the cellular data.

Light green water drip icon Light green water drip icon – The water lock is on, and the apple watch won’t respond to tapping.

Red dot symbol apple Red dot symbol – You have an unread notification.

Blue send icon Blue send icon – There is an app on your apple watch that is using the location services.

Blue padlock icon Blue padlock icon – Your apple watch is locked.

Green bed icon Green bed icon – Your apple watch is on sleep mode.

Running person Running person – This is the workout icon.

Walkie talkie icon Walkie-talkie icon – You can get in touch with friends instantly.

Audio icon Audio icon – Some audio is playing.

Right turn icon Right turn icon – It is a sign that you are navigating with a third-party app.

Microphone icon Microphone icon – Your apple watch microphone is listening.

Check your apple watch notifications instantly.

apple watch notifications instantly

Tap your apple watch to turn the screen on. After that, swipe down from the top of your screen to see the notifications. To read individual notifications, tap each at a time.

If you have multiple notifications, scroll through them using the digital crown on the apple watch. If you want to delete the notification, swipe left on your watch, then click the X key.

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