If you own an Apple Watch, you might’ve noticed a small red dot at times at the top of the screen. It’s not always present, but you might be wondering what it is and why it exists. We have the answer, and it’s a lot simpler than you’d probably imagine.
The Apple Watch uses a set of icons to communicate the watch’s status, settings, and events to its wearer in a quick and easily understandable manner. Specifically, the red dot located at the top of the screen signifies that there are unread notifications on your device.
It’s relatively simple to check notifications, too. Swipe down from the top of the screen, and a list of notifications will appear. To remove a specific notification, swipe left over it and hit the X icon.
If you don’t like the constant unread notifications reminder staring you down or ruining your watch face’s aesthetic, you can switch off the red dot.
On your iPhone, open the Watch app and head to My Watch > Notifications > toggle off Notifications indicator. This will disable the red dot on your watch, but you’ll now have to manually check for unread notifications every once in a while.
On your Apple Watch, press the digital crown, select Settings > Notifications > toggle off Notifications indicator.
The red dot isn’t the only icon on the Apple Watch. There’s a healthy list of additional icons that signify status conditions or events on your watch. See a breakdown of some of the more common icons below:
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Q: There’s a red dot on my Apple Watch’s digital crown. What does that mean? A: Apple filled in the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 3 to indicate the LTE variant. Notably, this didn’t prove all that popular, and the company changed the red dot to a more subtle red ring from the Series 4 onwards.
Q: Can I change the color of the Apple Watch red dot? A: Unfortunately, no. There’s no way to change the Apple Watch’s red dot to any other hue.
Q: I find the red dot useful, but how can I better integrate the red dot into my watch face? A: You can pick a new Apple Watch face or customize your current option. Our guide to changing Apple Watch faces will guide you through the entire process.