How To Fix Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Silent Alarm Not Working

The silent alarm or vibrate only alarm on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 allows the alarm to go off with only you knowing about it. This is advantageous when you are in a meeting or even in a noisy environment. There are times when this feature is not working. We will be showing you what needs to be done to fix this.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is the latest wearable device available in the market that runs on Google’s Wear OS. It’s designed for the active individual since it has several excellent health and tracking features. It’s a considerable upgrade over last year’s Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 model as it now uses a much tougher sapphire glass and comes with a bigger battery as well as a powerful processor.

Technical Specifications:

  • Display: 1.19″ Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOLED 396 x 396px (40mm) or 1.36″ Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOED 450 x 450px (44mm)
  • CPU: Samsung Exynos W920
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Battery: 284mAh (40mm) or 410 mAh (44mm)
  • Connectivity: NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi (2.4Gz & 5Ghz), LTE (optional)
  • Durability: IP68, Waterproof to 50m (5ATM), MIL-STD-810H
  • Software: One UI Watch 4.5 atop Wear 3.5
  • Health sensors: Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Sensor (ECG), Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA), Continuous SpO, Skin Temperature Sensor
  • Mobile payments: Samsung Pay, Google Wallet

How do I set the silent alarm on my Galaxy watch 5?

Why is my alarm not making noise

One of the features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is that you will be able to set an alarm using the alarm app. The default alarm will have a sound however you can set this so that the watch will only vibrate and not make a sound.

Before we begin the troubleshooting steps, we will first be showing you how to properly set an alarm on your Galaxy Watch 5.

Set an alarm on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

You will be able to set an alarm on your Galaxy Watch 5 using the alarm app on your watch.

Tap Alarm app on your watch.

Choose Add on watch and enter the time.

Tap Next and select the days to repeat the alarm.

Tap Save when done.

Set a silent alarm on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

If you want the alarm to be muted and only want to be notified by vibration, then here’s what you should do.

Tap Alarm app on your watch.

Choose Add on watch and enter the time.

Tap Next and select the days to repeat the alarm then tap next.

Tap Sound.

Tap on Mute.

Press the back button.

Tap vibration and make sure it is not set to mute.

Press the back button.

Tap Save when done.

Delete an alarm on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

If you no longer need the alarm that you have set then you can delete it by following these steps.

Tap the Alarm app on your watch.

Long press on the alarm you want to delete.

Tap Delete.

If you still want to use this alarm at a later date then you can simply turn off its switch and turn it on when you need it.

Tap the Alarm app on your watch.

Turn off the switch for the selected alarm.

Troubleshooting silent alarm issues on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Solution 1: Soft reset your Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Sometimes a software glitch will cause the Galaxy Watch 5 to have silent alarm issues. To fix this, you should try to restart the watch. When you do a restart, it refreshes the watch operating system and removes any corrupted temporary data that could be causing the issue.

Soft Reset

  • Press and hold the Power button and Back button for approximately 7 seconds or until the watch power cycles.
  • Your Samsung watch should start rebooting.
  • Once the Reboot is complete, your Samsung watch should start up as normal.

Try checking if the watch vibrate or silent alarm is now working.

Solution 2: Delete the alarm then add it again

There’s a possibility that there is an issue with the alarm you added. Try deleting this alarm then add it again.

Solution 3: Get the latest software updates for your Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Your Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 might keep on rebooting because of a software bug on the outdated software version it is running on. To fix this you need to make sure that it is running on the latest software update.

Update using the Galaxy Wearable app on Android Phone

  • Make sure the watch has at least a 30% charge.
  • On the connected Samsung phone, navigate to and open the Samsung Wearable app.
  • Tap Watch settings.
  • Tap Watch software update.
  • If your watch displays a home tab, swipe to and tap Watch software update or Band software update.
  • Tap Download and install.

Update using an iOS device

  • Make sure the watch has a good charge on it before starting the update process. You may not be able to update without at least a 30% charge.
  • On the connected phone, open the Galaxy Watch app. The Galaxy Watch app is available for iOS devices through the App Store.
  • Tap the Home tab, and then swipe to and tap About watch.
  • If an update is available, tap Install. If “Latest version installed” appears, then the watch is up to date.

Once the latest firmware update has been installed using the Galaxy Wearable app try checking if the alarm sound issue still occurs.

Solution 4: Factory reset the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

If the above possible fixes fail to fix the problem, then your last resort will be to do a factory reset on your Galaxy Watch 5. This will fix any firmware related issues that could be causing the problem. Make sure to back up your watch data before proceeding.

Factory reset

  • Back up data on the internal memory.
  • Turn the Galaxy Watch off.
  • Press and hold the Power key until REBOOTING displays at the bottom of the screen.
  • Press the Power key three times quickly until the Select REBOOT MODE screen displays.
  • Press the Power key several times to highlight ‘ Recovery’.
  • Press and hold the Home key for three seconds to select, until the Galaxy Watch begins rebooting.

After performing the factory data reset do not install any third-party apps on your watch just yet. Try checking first if the vibrate or silent alarm mode is working.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I stop my Galaxy watch from vibrating when the alarm goes off?

    Navigate to and open Settings, and then swipe to and tap Sounds and vibration.
    Tap Sound under Sound mode.
    Next, tap the switch next to Vibrate with sound or Vibrate while ringing to turn it off. The switch will be grayed out or black when turned off.

  2. Why is my alarm not making noise Samsung?

    It's likely that you have set a silent alarm. Using this alarm will make use of the vibrate feature of your watch instead of the sound.

  3. Why does my Galaxy Watch 5 run slow?

    Performance issues on your watch is usually caused by a software glitch. The most likely cause is a corrupted app or software. Try doing a factory data reset and check if the problem persists.

  4. How do I enable power saving mode in Galaxy Watch 5?

    On the Apps screen, tap Settings.
    Tap Battery.
    Tap Power saving.
    Alternatively, tap the Battery icon on the quick panel to activate power saving mode.

  5. How to install apps on Galaxy Watch 5 using the Galaxy Wearable app?

    Open the Galaxy Wearable app on the connected phone. Swipe to and tap Store to open the watch version of the Play Store. Find the app you want, tap it, and then tap Install. It will automatically install on your watch.

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Chad Buenaflor

Chad has been in the tech industry since 2000. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is interested in the hardware and software side of technology. Initially working for a Japanese semiconductor company as a Test Engineer for nearly 10 years, he then pursued his passion for internet technology by working for the support team of Time Warner Cable then finally joining TheDroidGuy as one of their troubleshooting and tech writers. On his free time he plays his favorite games on his PC, Xbox Series X, and Android phone.

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