With built-in assistive technologies, Apple Watch is designed to help everyone be more active, healthy and connected. If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, the Taptic Engine can give gentle taps for quick notifications, or more prominent taps for your important alerts.

Taptic Engine Get a feeling for what’s going on.

Taptic Engine on Apple Watch

With Apple Watch, we found a way to give technology a more human touch. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. You’ll feel a gentle tap on your wrist every time a notification comes in. And you can turn on Prominent Haptic to pre-announce some common alerts. So you’ll never miss messages, mail and other important events.

Mono Audio Find the right balance for you.

When you’re using Bluetooth headphones, you may miss some audio if you’re hard of hearing or deaf in one ear. That’s because stereo recordings usually have distinct left- and right-channel audio tracks. Apple Watch supports Mono Audio, allowing you to play both audio channels in both ears, and letting you adjust the balance for greater volume in either ear. So you can tune in or out as you like.

Taptic Engine on Apple Watch

Enable accessibility features on Apple Watch.

On Apple Watch

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select General, then Accessibility.
  3. Tap to turn on the features you want to use.

On iPhone

  1. Open Watch.
  2. In the My Watch tab, select General, then Accessibility.
  3. Tap to turn on the features you want to use.

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