How to Get Ring Doorbell Notifications on the Apple Watch

The Ring Video Doorbell allows you to see who is knocking on your door, from your phone. It brings convenience, safety, and permanent video access to whatever is happening in front of your front door.

How to Get Ring Doorbell Notifications on the Apple Watch

The whole thing is as simple as taking the phone out of your pocket and running the dedicated app to take a look at what’s going on. However, the introduction of the Apple Watch has made the life of many iPhone users significantly easier. But, how well does it work with the Ring Doorbell app?

In this article we’ll discuss the Ring Doorbell’s compatibility with the Apple Watch.

How to Get Ring Notifications on Apple Watch

Although the iPhone makes it incredibly easy to tweak your notifications, the Apple Watch complicates things just a tad. While the App Store does have a Ring Doorbell app for its phones, it doesn’t have a designated application for the Apple Watch. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get the Ring Doorbell notifications on your watch. In this section we’ll walk you through all of the steps to enable these notifications.

Turn Ring Notifications on in the iPhone Settings

To enable notifications on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to start out by working on your iPhone. Follow these steps first:

  1. Download the Ring Doorbell app from the App Store.
  2. Log into the application and tap Allow in the Notifications pop-up. Note: If you miss this pop-up, you can enable notifications using this path: Settings > Notifications > Ring > Allow Notifications.

Turn on Notifications in the Apple Watch App

Next, we’re going to make sure that your Apple Watch is receiving the same notifications as your iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Using your iPhone, open the Watch app. Note: If you have trouble finding your Apple Watch app you can swipe all the way to the left on your iPhone and type ‘Apple Watch’ into the search menu on the top.
  2. Tap on the Apple Watch application then tap on Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to Ring and make sure that the notifications switch is toggled on (it will be green).

That’s all there is to it! We have included more information about the Ring Doorbell and the Apple Watch below.

Can It Do Video?

Apple Watch allows its users to watch video. To play the video that someone sent you, you should just tap it. But, can you access the live video footage from your Ring Video Doorbell? No, you can’t. Your Apple Watch can’t provide live video content. Not for now, at least.

However, it can show the videos that are stored in your iPhone’s memory. Well, not by directly accessing the Photo app. Clearly, the Apple Watch doesn’t feature this option, but a workaround does exist.

  • You can access the messages stored on your iPhone with your Apple Watch. This means that you can actually send the video that you’ve recorded to yourself – just type “Me” in the “To:” section when starting a new message. This will allow you to play the video on your Apple Watch.

You may wonder what this has to do with the Ring Video Doorbell. While you can’t view the live footage that the Ring app feeds to your phone, the app does come with a recording option. So, technically, you could record a video, send it to yourself in a message, and then view it on the Apple Watch later. It is not an ideal solution, but it’s as close as you’ll get to viewing the live Ring Video Doorbell footage on your smartwatch in the foreseeable future.

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Ring Notifications Troubleshooting

Following the steps above, you should be good to go. But what can you do if you still aren’t getting notifications? In this section we’ll walk you through some basic troubleshooting steps to get everything working properly.

Every time someone rings the Ring Video Doorbell on your door, you’ll get a notification on your phone. By default, this should send the notification to your Apple Watch, as well. Additionally, the app sends out notifications when there’s movement in the particular area that you have selected, so you’ll get notified about that, too.

All the notifications that you get on your iPhone should be mirrored on the Apple Watch. However, you should give this a check, just to be safe.

  1. To access the global notification settings on iPhone, go to Settings, then locate Notifications and tap it. This will show you a list of all apps installed on your device.
  2. Navigate to the Ring app and tap it. From this menu, you can customize your settings.
  3. Next, check that the notifications are turned on within the Ring Doorbell app.
  4. To do this tap on Devices in the menu on the left-hand side of the app.
  5. Then, make sure the Ring Alerts and Motion Alerts are turned on (the switch will be blue).

Assuming all notifications are turned on you’ll also want to make sure that your Ring device is connected to WiFi and that your WiFi is working properly.

Lastly, you may need to update your Apple Watch, iPhone, or both. An outdated operating system can be the root cause of technical glitches including those involving notifications and connectivity.

The Downside

The main problem with the Ring Video Doorbell system is that it doesn’t have a dedicated app for Apple Watch. This not only means that you can’t get video access to the Ring Doorbell’s live video footage, but also that the notifications won’t spell out what you’re getting notified about. You will only know that you’ve received a notification on your phone.

This means that you will know your Ring Doorbell was triggered, but you’ll need to use your iPhone to figure out why. Unfortunately, the company has given us no updated information about when the Ring Doorbell will offer more functionality on the Apple Watch.

Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of questions about the Apple Watch and the Ring Doorbell. We’ve included this section to answer more of your questions.

Can I answer the Ring Doorbell with my Apple Watch?

Unfortunately, no. The only way to answer your doorbell is with the Ring app. Because this application is not available on watchOS you can’t use this feature.

I received a preview image on my Apple Watch, but it’s gone now. What happened?

Although Ring has not released any official word on this topic, there are plenty of online forums and customer complaints about the temporary feature. Unfortunately, it was removed with an app update and there is no word whether it will return as a standard feature available for every Apple Watch user.

Safety First

Despite the mentioned downside, the Ring app works with iOS devices seamlessly. And, let’s be honest, you probably carry your phone around everywhere, anyway. All you really need is a notification to remind you to take the phone out of your pocket and respond. The Apple Watch video option would be nice but, as of now, it is still unavailable.

Have you ever used the Ring Video Doorbell? What do you like about it? What do you feel it lacks? Let everybody know in the comments.

8 thoughts on “How to Get Ring Doorbell Notifications on the Apple Watch”

Patricia S Chapman says:
Who else makes a camera doorbell that will show on an apple watch? I’m willing to move to a new company to get that service. Someone has surely found an alternative supplier.
Mark says:
Can you change the mode from an Apple Watch?
Debi Veranth says:
I have an iPhone XS and a S5 AppleWatch. Occasionally my notifications shadow a a video snapshot of the camera view ON MY WATCH. Just called ring to see how to always have it notify me that way. And they said it shouldn’t be happening. Go figure.
Cindy says:
Same here! All of my notifications for Ring are turned on for my iPhone, and Apple Watch, I stopped getting notifications altogether. not sure what the issue is.
juliette says:
same for me too can’t get to work now, it just started working and stopped. I didn’t do anything to make this start or stop
Antony D'Emanuele says:
I updated the Ring app on my iPhone yesterday and last night alerts on my Apple Watch were accompanied by a photo from the camera (I contacted Ring over a year ago to ask about this feature). However, it has stopped working today and back to the text alert?? Any ideas
Keet Kopecky says:
This page is outdated.

About 3 weeks ago the Ring app stopped showing up on my Apple Watch. It doesn’t show up anywhere in the Apple Watch app on my iPhone anymore…not on Notifications, not on available apps, nowhere. But this page still acts like it’s 4 weeks ago when the Ring app still showed up on the Apple Watch. This page needs to be updated.

Sandy says:
I experienced the same. The images on my watch were extremely useful, for about a day. Now they are gone. Did you get any more information?
Joe Sexton says:
Same here. Cannot get them to come back

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