How to Turn Off Nightstand Mode in Apple watchOS 2

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Nightstand Mode is a cool new feature in watchOS 2 that puts a nice fat digital clock on your Apple Watch when it's being charged. It's tasty, but some folks might not want their Apple Watch's display on all night. Turning it off is simple, but only if you know where to look. Spoiler: Settings > General > Nightstand Mode.

That's the short version, but here's what it looks like with handy-dandy screenshots. First, press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch once to pull up the app screen. Then tap the Setting apps shown below.

Settings App in watchOS 2

The Settings App in watchOS 2

Next, you want to scroll down to the General section and tap it, as shown below.

General Settings in Settings App

General Settings in Settings App

Now, scroll down to Nightstand Mode and tap, as shown below.

Nightstand Mode Settings in Settings App

Nightstand Mode Settings in Settings App

By default Nightstand Mode is turned on, as shown in the screenshot below.

Nightstand Mode On in Settings App

Nightstand Mode On in Settings App

Just tap that setting to the off position, as shown below, and your Apple Watch will go back to featuring a blank screen when it's charging.

Nightstand Mode Off in Settings App

Nightstand Mode Off in Settings App

That's it. It's stupid simple, but I wasn't sure where to turn it off until I asked the brain trust that is TMO's staff.

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Comments

AppFromTop

Thanks for instruction. Just started using this watch

Ryan Doore

Just to be clear the watch face doesn’t stay on at all times.  Only when you tap the watch will it light for a few seconds and then turn off.

Lee Dronick

Just to be clear the watch face doesn’t stay on at all times.  Only when you tap the watch will it light for a few seconds and then turn off.

Kind of like when I need to to know if I am over sleeping and I reach over and poke the Home button on my iPhone.

Vincent Colombo

Has the author of this article used nightstand mode, because it does not keep the display on all night.

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