Yesterday, Pebble Smartwatch app version 1.3.0 went live in the App Store, introducing smartwatch firmware v1.13.0 with support for Apple Notification Center Service (ANCS) for iOS 7 users, which now makes it possible to get every single notification from the iPhone to your Pebble. However, when you install the latest Pebble iOS app, you are presented with a guide to help you manage all your Pebble notifications on iOS 7. For some, including myself, the guide didn’t seem to work initially but after some trial and error, I think I’ve found the fix.
As shown in the screenshot above, the fifth step of the guide tells you to select “Banners” alert style for the apps for which you want to receive notifications on your Pebble. Now, many of my apps’ alerts are already set to “Banners” with badges and sounds, but they do not appear in Notification Center. After following the guide, I tested notifications for a couple of apps already setup as explained, only to find out that nothing was being sent to my Pebble.
I then played around with a number of combinations, such as leaving the alert style to “None” and toggling “Show on Lockscreen” and “Show Preview” options in Notification Settings. Eventually, I discovered that the one essential step that gets you all the iPhone notifications to your Pebble is not to select “Banners” as the app’s alert style, but is actually to enable “Show in Notification Center”.
So, even if you select “None” as the alert style and disable “Show on Lockscreen”, only having the “Show in Notification Center” option enabled will get you all your iPhone notifications to your Pebble. Simply put, anything that shows up in your Notification Center will be sent to your Pebble smartwatch, no matter what your Badges, Sounds, Alerts and other Notification Settings are.
Let me know if this helped you guys!