How to Turn Off Apple Watch’s Nightstand Mode

If you find yourself being woken up by your Apple Watch’s nightstand mode, there’s an easy way to turn this feature off.

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You may have noticed that when you put your Apple Watch on its charger, it displays a large digital clock. This is nightstand mode, and it’s meant to make it easy for you to check the time in the middle of the night.

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Prevent your Apple Watch from lighting up multiple times throughout the night if you accidentally jostle your nightstand.
  • Avoid disruptions to your sleep schedule if you tend to move around at night.
  • If you charge your Apple Watch during the day, prevent it from functioning as a digital clock while charging.

How to Turn Off Nightstand Mode on Apple Watch

This useful feature can be a bit bothersome, as even the slightest nudge is enough to illuminate the screen. For more Apple Watch tricks, be sure to sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here’s how to turn off nightstand mode on Apple Watch.

  1. Press the Digital Crown to open the Home Screen, and tap the Settings app.

    Press the Digital Crown to open the Home Screen, and tap the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.

    Tap General.
  3. Tap Nightstand Mode.

    Tap Nightstand Mode.
  4. Tap the toggle to turn off Nightstand Mode.

    Tap the toggle to turn off Nightstand Mode.

Now, when you put your Apple Watch on its charger, it won't enter nightstand mode.

Related: Which Series or Model Is My Apple Watch?

How to Turn Off Nightstand Mode on iPhone

While the iPhone itself does not have a nightstand mode, you can change Apple Watch-related settings from the Watch app. Here’s how to turn off your Apple Watch’s nightstand mode from your iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app.

    Open the Watch app.
  2. Tap General.

    Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap the toggle next to Nightstand Mode to turn it off or on.

    Scroll down and tap the toggle next to Nightstand Mode to turn it off or on.

If you tend to move around in your sleep and jostle your Apple Watch on its charger, the device might be lighting up multiple times throughout the night, disrupting your sleep schedule. However, with this tip, you can now easily switch off the Apple Watch’s nightstand mode.

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Rhett Intriago is a passionate writer and Apple enthusiast. When he’s not drafting iPhone Life articles, he prefers to spend his free time gaming with friends, watching anime with his wife, or playing with his three cats.