Apple Watch Keyboard Notification Keeps Popping Up

A common complaint among Apple Watch users is the persistent popping up of keyboard notifications. While these alerts can be useful, notifying you to respond to incoming messages, they can also be a nuisance if they occur too frequently or unnecessarily. This article will guide you through what might be causing this issue and how to address it.

Why is this Happening?

Apple’s Scribble feature enables you to write out responses directly on your Apple Watch. Each time you receive a message, your Apple Watch may push a keyboard notification, offering you the option to reply using the Scribble feature. For some users, this feature can be helpful, but for others, the frequent notifications can become bothersome.

How to Fix the Issue

There are a few ways to reduce or stop these keyboard notifications from popping up on your Apple Watch.

1. Customizing Your Message Notifications

Customizing your message notifications can help manage the frequency of keyboard pop-ups:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to ‘Notifications.’
  3. Tap on ‘Messages.’
  4. Adjust your notification preferences.

In the ‘Messages’ settings, you can customize how you are alerted for new messages. For example, you can choose to receive alerts for incoming messages but disable alerts for message read receipts, which could reduce the number of notifications you receive.

2. Turning Off Wrist Detection

Another option is to turn off Wrist Detection:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap ‘Passcode.’
  3. Toggle off ‘Wrist Detection.’

Note, however, that turning off Wrist Detection disables certain features such as automatic locking and unlocking of your watch and the automatic sending of sensor data to your iPhone. Therefore, consider this option only if you’re comfortable with these changes.

3. Restarting Your Apple Watch

Occasionally, a software glitch can cause persistent notifications. In such cases, simply restarting your Apple Watch could help. To restart your watch:

  1. Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the Power Off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off your watch.
  3. After the watch turns off, press and hold the side button again until the Apple logo appears.

4. Updating Your Apple Watch

Persistent notifications could also be due to a software issue that may be fixed in the latest Apple Watch update. Keeping your device up-to-date ensures it’s working optimally. To check for updates:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap ‘General,’ then ‘Software Update.’
  3. If an update is available, tap ‘Download and Install.’


Keyboard notifications popping up repeatedly on your Apple Watch can be irritating, but the issue can usually be resolved by adjusting your settings or updating your watch’s software. However, if the problem persists after trying these solutions, consider reaching out to Apple Support for further assistance. Your user experience should be smooth and enjoyable, and Apple professionals are there to help make sure that’s the case.