Sounds and haptic Apple Watch

To alert you to certain notifications, Apple Watch will tap your wrist using its haptic feedback hardware, dubbed the Taptic Engine. These alerts feel like literal taps on the top of your wrist, and are much-diffrenet feeling than traditional vibrations.

As you might expect, it’s possible to adjust the intensity of these haptic alerts via the Apple Watch settings or via the Apple Watch companion app on a paired iPhone. In this post, as in other posts from our Apple Watch tutorial series, we’ll show you how.

How to change haptic intensity on Apple Watch

Step 1: Open Settings

Step 2: Open Sounds & Haptics

Step 3: Scroll down and adjust the Ringer and Alert Haptics slider

You can also do the same thing from the Apple Watch companion app on iPhone

Haptic Apple Watch App

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch App

Step 2: Tap the My Watch Tab

Step 3: Tap Sound & Haptics

Step 4: Adjust the Haptic Strength slider to your preferred level

Prominent Haptic

Prominent Haptic Apple Watch App

In addition to the basic haptic settings, you’ll find a switch in both the Settings app on Apple Watch and inside the Apple Watch companion app for prominent haptic. The explanation provided is a little vague:

When this is on, Apple Watch will play a prominent haptic to pre-announce some common alerts.

This feature does what the description say; it sends a haptic pre-notification to alert you that an alert is about to arrive. If that sounds ┬ábit redundant, it’s because it is. I guess this is for people that have a really hard time picking up on haptic notifications, even with the intensity maxed out.

What do you think about the haptic feedback found on the Apple Watch? Do you think it’s substantial enough?