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Apple Night Stand Mode is automatically turned on when you connect the Apple Watch to charge. In addition, you can turn this on separately and use it with the alarm. In this article, we are ready to bring you everything you need to know about Apple Watch Night Stand Mode. Also, in this article, we bring to you the problems you face and their solutions, as well as the most frequently asked questions and their answers about the Apple Watch Night Stand Mode. So what are you waiting for? Let’s see what those things are. 

Small description about Apple Watch Night Stand Mode 


As we said before, Apple Watch Nightstand Mode is automatically activated when you connect your watch to the charger and place the watch on the side. There is no problem with the side here. It can be horizontally or vertically. 


In Nightstand Mode, you can see the current time on the display. And at the same time you can take care of the date. Also, if you have set an alarm, you can see an icon with the alarm status on the display. 

Touch sensitivity:

You can snooze any active alarm by tapping the watch face or pressing the side button during Nightstand Mode. If the alarm is not set, the display will turn on for a brief moment by simply touching the watch face. 

Alarm Functionality: 

If an alarm goes off while the watch is in night stand mode, the watch will vibrate and show the alarm time. You can stop the alarm by pressing the side button or by tapping the watch face. 

Digital Crown: 

If the Apple Watch has a digital crown, you can use it to adjust the alarm. (The circular button on the side)

Ambient Light Sensor:

Some Apple Watches have an ambient light sensor. By doing so, the brightness of the display is changed to suit the lightning conditions of the room. 

Nightstand Mode helps you use your Apple Watch as a bedside clock and alarm clock in a convenient and useful way. It is useful for people who don’t want to wear the watch all night. Also, this is very important for those who like to keep the clock at night which can be reached quickly.

Turn on Nightstand Mode on Apple Watch 

You can see that your Apple Watch is automatically in night stand mode when it is connected to the charger. Whether it is day or night while charging. You can navigate back to the main watch face by pressing the digital crown. You can check the charging level along with the date and time in Nightstand Mode. Additionally, you can turn Nightstand Mode on or off if you want. You can use both your Apple Watch and iPhone for that. Let’s see how it is now. 

How to turn on Nightstand Mode on your Apple Watch

Step 1: Go to the settings app on your Apple Watch. Open it. 

Step 2: Go to its General settings. Scroll down there. 

Step 3: Tap on Nightstand Mode. 

Step 4: Turn on the toggle next to Nightstand Mode. Then the Nightstand Mode will be on automatically. 

After following the above steps, your Nightstand Mode will be on. Next, connect your watch to the charger. See if you like this bedside clock idea. If you don’t like it, turn off Nightstand Mode. Then the charging screen will become a normal watch face. For that, go to the settings app on your Apple Watch as above and scroll to Nightstand Mode under General Settings. Turn off the toggle there. Then the Nightstand Mode will be turned off.

How to turn on Nightstand Mode from your iPhone 

Step 1: Open the watch app on your iPhone. 

Step 2: Tap on General in the My Watch Tab. 

Step 3: Scroll down to Bedside mode and turn it on. That will turn on the Nightstand Mode of your Apple Watch. 

Next you can connect the charger and watch the bedside clock. If you don’t like this idea, you can turn off the Nightstand Mode from the iPhone itself. For that, open the Watch app as above and tap on General in the My Watch Tab. Scroll to the Bedside mode and turn it off. Then the Nightstand Mode will be turned off.

How to add and remove alarm 

Step 1: Launch the Alarm app on your watch. 

Step 2: Tap on Add alarm. 

Step 3: Set the correct hours and minutes using the Digital Crown. 

Step 4: If you are going to set a 12-hour time, select AM or PM correctly. 

Step 5: Tap on Set and add it. Then the alarm will start appearing on the bedside clock screen. 

If you don’t want to do this manually, you can set the alarm by asking Siri. For that, first long press the Digital Crown. Next talk to Siri. Like ‘Set Alarm for 5 AM tomorrow’. It will activate and you can see the alarm on the clock screen. When you set it like this, this bedside clock will wake you up with the alarm tone when needed. And the current color of the clock screen will change to yellow. It will tell you it is time to wake up. You can respond to this. It can be snoozed for 9 minutes by pressing the Digital Crown or can be stopped using the side button. 

If you want to deactivate it, you can navigate to the alarm app as before and disable the alarm. Or if you don’t want to do it manually, you can command Siri to do it. Then the alarm can be disabled by siri.

How to change the color of nightstand mode on Apple Watch 

Usually, the color of the nightstand mode is set to green. But you can change the color of your watch using the settings app. Before enabling this, make sure that it changes the color of the entire watch content. 

Step 1: Go to the settings app on your watch. 

Step 2: Go to Accessibility settings. 

Step 3: Scroll down to Greyscale and turn on the toggle.

When the watch is not charging, you can go to Greyscale and turn off the toggle. Then you can take care of the watch face with the right colors. Also, if the brightness of this watch face bothers you, you can reduce it through the settings. This will prevent your eyes from getting irritated at night. For that, 

•Open the Settings app. 

•Go to its Display and Brightness. 

•You can use the small lamp button on the left to reduce the brightness.

How to Keep your Apple Watch Display always on with Nightstand Mode 

Do you want your Apple Watch display to stay on all the time? But this cannot be done with Nightstand Mode. But after you tap the screen or press the button, you can extend the time the display is on. 

For that, go to Display and brightness in the settings app of your Apple Watch. Select the wake duration here. Here you can change how long the display is on after you tap or press a button. Also, after adjusting the brightness level, you can increase the on time a little. When the brightness is increased, the time that can be kept before automatically dimming increases.

And there are some third party apps that allow this. With their help, you can get always on experience with nightstand mode. These apps help you change some conditions. They keep your watch display on continuously. 

If the nightstand mode does not work 

If the nightstand mode does not work or Apple Watch nightstand mode is not on, the following steps will help you sort them out. 

First method: Enable Nightstand Mode Nightstand mode is usually enabled, and it may not be the cause of your watch’s problem. But it is important to know if it is turned on correctly. For that,

Open the watch app on your iPhone. Select My watch there and go to general. If the Nightstand mode is turned off, switch the toggle and turn it on. 

Second method: Check the orientation of the watch Like the Apple iPhone and iPad, your Apple Watch also has its own orientation feature. If you put it on the wrong side, Nightstand Mode will not work. Follow the steps below to make sure the orientation of your Apple Watch is correct. 

•Go to the watch app on your iPhone. Select General and go to watch orientation. 

• Next, choose between Left Wrist or Right Wrist and see if the Nightstand Mode works.

Method Three: Restart If you check the orientation of the watch and whether the Nightstand Mode is on according to the previous methods, if it does not work, you have to restart your Apple Watch. For that, press and hold the crown button and side button of your watch for 10 seconds, don’t let go until you see the Apple logo. This will restart your watch and nightstand mode will fix the issue. 

Benefits of Apple Watch Nightstand Mode

Nightstand Clock: When you turn on the Nightstand Mode, the display of your Apple Watch changes to a large one and it becomes easier to read along with the time displayed on it. This is beneficial for you to check the time at night without reaching for your phone or watch. 

Alarm Functionality: Nightstand Mode gives you the opportunity to set an alarm on your Apple Watch. When the alarm goes off, your watch uses haptic feedback and audio tones to wake you up. 

Snooze and Stop Options: When the alarm goes off, you can use the side button to snooze the alarm or stop it completely.

Light Sensitivity: Nightstand Mode is designed to be sensitive to ambient light conditions. The device changes its brightness according to the light in your room. It gives you a comfortable view without being too bright or dim. 

Easy Charging Accessibility: Nightstand Mode is automatically activated by placing the Apple Watch on its side. This allows you to charge at your bedside and see the time or use the alarm function while it is charging. 

Bedside Table Integration: By using the Nightstand Mode, it provides a functional and aesthetically pleasing addition to your bedside table. It gives a touch of style to your bedroom.

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Frequently asking questions about Apple Watch Nightstand Mode 

Question: Is it OK to leave Apple Watch overnight? 

Answer: Under normal operations, the Apple Watch cannot be overcharged and the battery will not be harmed by regular overnight charging. 

Question: Is there a nightstand mode for iPhone? 

Answer: Standby or Nightstand Mode turns your Apple Watch into a bedside alarm clock or a status board. And it shows live view widgets in a full screen. 

Question: What is Apple Watch Nightstand Mode? 

Answer: Nightstand Mode is a feature that turns your Apple Watch into a bedside clock when it is charging. It displays time, date and allows you to set alarm. It also provides easy access to stop or snooze the alarm.

Question: Is Nightstand Mode available on all Apple Watch models? 

Answer: Nightstand Mode is available for Apple Watch models with watchOS 2.0 or later operating systems. This includes Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, and Apple Watch SE. 

Question: Can I interact with notifications in Nightstand Mode? 

Answer: No, Nightstand Mode is designed to display time and alarm only. You cannot interact with other apps or notifications in this mode. 

Question: Can I use nightstand mode without setting and alarm?

Answer: Yes, you can use the nightstand mode without setting an alarm. It simply functions as a bedside clock that shows the time and date.

Question: Does Nightstand Mode drain the Apple Watch battery faster? 

Answer: Because the display is dimmed, the nightstand mode does not significantly impact the battery life. However, if you use the alarm feature, it may have a minor effect on battery usage. 

Question: Is nightstand mode available in all regions and languages? 

Answer: Yes, Nightstand Mode is available in any region where the Apple Watch is officially sold. And it supports various languages. 

Question: Can I use Nightstand Mode with a third-party charging stand? 

Answer: Yes, if the third-party charging stand supports placing the Apple Watch on its side, you can use the nightstand mode. 

Question: Can I customize the display in Nightstand Mode? 

Answer: No, the display in Nightstand Mode is not customizable. You can only change its color. It shows you a large clock with time and date as well as alarm status. The brightness level changes automatically based on the ambient light.

Additional information 

Is Nightstand Mode good for eyes? 

It is made to be eye friendly for a quick glance at night. Here are some reasons to make it eye friendly. 

Dim Display: The Nightstand Mode display uses a black background with dim and white text. Dark mode or a black background reduces the emission of blue light. It can be beneficial for your eyes especially in low-light conditions. 

Automatic Brightness Adjustment: Apple Watch has a feature that can adjust the brightness based on the ambient light in the room. This prevents your screen from being too bright or too dim. It gives you a comfortable viewing experience.

Intermittent Use: Nightstand Mode is typically used to check the time or turn off the alarm. It is not intended for extended use. Which reduces eye strain that can occur with continuous exposure. 

Haptic Feedback: When using the alarm in Nightstand Mode, the Apple Watch provides haptic feedback to wake you up. This reduces the need to look at the screen and reduces eye exposure.

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