How to Use Nightstand Clock Mode on Apple Watch

Sep 28, 2015 - 7 Comments

Using Nightstand Mode on Apple Watch

Nightstand Mode is a feature of Apple Watch that allows you to use the device as a nightstand clock, where it’s able to function as a regular digital clock which shows the time and date, complete with full alarm clock capabilities.

Usually Nightstand Mode is enabled by default, but if you’re not certain, here is how to enable Nightstand Mode right on Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Settings app on the Apple Watch and go to “General”
  2. Scroll down to find “Nightstand Mode” and toggle the switch to the ON position

How to Use Nightstand Mode with Apple Watch

Once Nightstand Mode is enabled, here is how to use the feature to transform your Apple Watch into a nightstand clock, which is incredibly simple:

  1. Connect the Apple Watch to the charger
  2. Turn the Apple Watch onto the side, with the side buttons facing up

You’ll know Nightstand Mode is working right away because a digital clock appears on the screen rather than whatever your default clock face is.

Once in Nightstand Mode, you can activate the screen in Nightstand Mode by touching the screen or by hitting any of the buttons on the device. When Nightstand Mode is entered, the side button will function as a means of turning the alarm clock off, and the round rotating Digital Crown button will snooze the alarm. Pulling the Apple Watch off of the charger immediately disables and exits Nightstand Mode.

Apple Watch using Nightstand Clock mode

You’ll need WatchOS 2.0 (or later) to have access to this feature, and aside from that you’ll just want to be sure Nightstand Mode itself is turned on.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks


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  1. J Lee says:

    You don’t want the screen in so long or you’ll have screen burn!

  2. Rick says:

    This doesn’t explain what I thought it would – how to keep the watch display on all night long.

  3. Paul says:

    To see the nightstand display you do not need to touch the watch. Just bump the nightstand it is resting on. It will light up for you.

  4. John Galt says:

    Thanks for this.

    How do you set the alarm?

    • Oink says:

      The Apple Watch alarm clocks are set through the Alarm Clock app on the Apple Watch, it’s an orange icon and looks like an alarm clock. Once you’re in the alarm clock app force touch (3d touch?) the screen to add an alarm, and use the little dial knob deal on the side to set the time. Easy as pie, then your clock is set and it’ll wake you up.

      Oddly it does not seem like iPhone alarms sync with the Apple Watch alarms, seems like a little oversight with a simple fix to adjust both vice versa from a central location.

    • Steve says:

      Hey Siri, set an alarm for…

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