Apple Watch Ultra Night Mode: Turn Your Watch Red at Night

Learn how to use the Wayfinder watch face to dim your Apple Watch at night and turn it black and red for a unique “Apple Watch Dark Mode” experience.

What to Know

  • Protect your night vision while using your Apple Watch with Night Mode.
  • Try the only Apple Watch face that turns red at night.
  • Learn how to customize the Wayfinder watch face.

iPhones and iPad have Dark Mode. Macs have Night Shift. But is there a setting to dim your Apple Watch at night? Yes! As long as you have the Apple Watch Ultra. With Night Mode activated, you can use your watch during night-time activities without compromising your night vision which can be crucial to staying safe in the dark.

How to Activate Apple Watch Ultra Night Mode

The Ultra's Night Mode, sometimes called the Apple Watch red face, is only possible with the Wayfinder watch face. Don't forget to subscribe to our free Tip of the Day newsletter for more Apple Watch Ultra tips!

  1. To enable Apple Watch Ultra Night Mode, tap and hold your Apple Watch face.

    To enable Apple Watch Ultra Night Mode, tap and hold your Apple Watch face.
  2. Swipe to the very left or use your Digital Crown to scroll through until you see an option to create a new watch face.

    Swipe to the very left or use your Digital Crown to scroll through until you see an option to create a new watch face.
  3. Tap New.

    Tap New.
  4. Scroll down by swiping or turning the Digital Crown until you see the Wayfinder watch face.

    Scroll down by swiping or turning the Digital Crown until you see the Wayfinder watch face.
  5. Tap Add.

    Tap Add.
  6. Customize your watch face, or save this part for later. Press the Home button once you are done.

    If you turn the Digital Crown, the background will turn black, and the red everything else will turn red. It will also turn red automatically after sunset.
  7. If you turn the Digital Crown, the background will turn black, and the red everything else will turn red. It will also turn red automatically after sunset.

    Customize your watch face, or save this part for later. Press the Home button once you are done.

Pro tip:

You can also customize your Apple Watch face from your iPhone if you prefer to do it on a bigger screen.

Now you know how to enable and use Night Mode on your Apple Watch Ultra! As you can see, it is easy to activate it accidentally and wonder, "why is my Apple Watch red?" To disable Night Mode, even after sunset, turn your Digital Crown again until your watch face is no longer red and black. If you keep activating it accidentally, consider changing to a different watch face. You can always have several Apple Watch faces saved and switch between them quickly by swiping.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.