Your Apple Watch interacts with a lot of the apps on your phone, even some that you wouldn’t think it would. So if you have used the default Maps app while you were driving and wearing your watch, you might have been surprised when it started giving you turn alerts as you were following your route.
These turn alerts can be helpful, but you might find that they are unnecessary or distracting. Fortunately you have the option of disable the Maps turn alerts on your Apple Watch if you would prefer not to use them in your driving.
How to Stop Your Apple Watch from Giving Turn Alerts
The steps in this article were performed in the Watch app on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. The watch is an Apple Watch 2 using the WatchOS 3.2.3 version. This assumes that your watch is currently giving you turn alerts when you use the Apple Maps app, and that you would like that behavior to stop.
Step 1: Open the Watch app.
Step 2: Touch the My Watch tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Maps option.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Turn Alerts to disable this feature. Note that you can always come back here later and re-enable them if you find that you actually preferred having them.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office, and many other popular applications and devices.