How to Enable Nightstand Mode on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has a lot of interesting features that you can integrate into your life. One of these features is called Nightstand Mode, which allows you to use your watch as a nightstand mode by connecting it to the charger and resting it on its side. The watch will display the time when Nightstand Mode is activated, and will even slowly increase its brightness as your alarm time approaches.

Our guide below will show you how to enable the Nightstand Mode feature for the watch. This can be accomplished either on the watch itself, or through the Watch app on your iPhone. Our guide below will show you how to use either option.


How to Turn On Nightstand Mode for Your Apple Watch

The steps below use an iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 10 and an Apple watch using Watch OS 3.1. Note that Nightstand mode can be activated from either the iPhone via the Watch app, or directly from the Watch itself. We will show you both methods below.


Enabling the Apple Watch Nightstand Mode from the Watch

Step 1: Open the Settings menu. You can get to this app screen by pressing the crown on the side of the watch.

open the watch settings menu



Step 2: Select the General option.

open the general menu



Step 3: Scroll down and select Nightstand Mode.

select nightstand mode



Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Nightstand Mode to turn it on.

how to enable nightstand mode on the apple watch



Enabling the Apple Watch Nightstand Mode from the iPhone

Step 1: Open the Watch app.

open the iphone watch app



Step 2: Select the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.

select the my watch tab



Step 3: Scroll down and select the General option.

select the general option



Step 4: Scroll down and turn on Nightstand Mode.

activate nightstand mode from the iphone watch app



Note that Nightstand mode works by putting the watch on its charger, then resting it on its side. The time will be displayed horizontally, and the screen will get progressively brighter as your alarm is about to go off.


Would you like to be able to take screenshots of your Apple Watch like those used in this article? Read this article to see how to enable screenshots and take them on your Apple Watch. newsletter

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