How to Change Wake Screen Setting on Apple Watch

Watch screens go to sleep when they’re not used, but some handy options can wake them. Here’s how to adjust the Apple Watch’s wake screen.

Normally, your Apple Watch screen turns off after 15 seconds of inactivity, but you can keep your screen awake for longer periods of time. Here’s how to adjust the screen timeout settings.

The Apple Watch’s screen wake time is 15 seconds by default. The screen wake duration may not bother you if you are using an Apple Watch with AOD (Always-On-Display). If you’re using an apple watch that does not support AOD, quickly taking a peek at the watch and absorbing all of the information that an Apple Watch face has to provide may not always be possible.

On the flip side, if your Watch screen stays on for a more extended period, you can also reduce the time period to save some battery on your watch.

Fortunately, depending on your preference and simplicity of use, you may modify the screen awake duration for your Apple Watch via the Settings app on your watch or the ‘Watch’ app on your iPhone. Both ways will be demonstrated in this guide. Plus, keep your display always on if you have an apple watch series six and above.

However, keep in mind that the longer your Apple Watch’s screen is turned on, your battery will drain faster.

Here are some tips for customizing the Apple Watch wake screen.

How to Change Apple Watch Wake Screen

How to set the longer wake time for Apple Watch?

If 15 seconds isn’t long enough for you to read everything on the Apple Watch screen, go ahead and adjust this.

Step 1: To begin, push the Crown / Home Button on your Apple Watch to return to the home screen if you are not already there.

Step 2: Next, Open the Settings app.

Step 3: To continue, tap the ‘Display & Brightness’ tile on the ‘Settings’ screen.

Step 4: Tap Wake Screen.

Step 5: To pick and apply the setting on your Apple Watch, go to the ‘Wake Screen’ settings page and tap on the ’70 seconds’ option. When I was writing this essay, Apple Watch had a 15-second or a 70-second wake time for the screen.

That’s all; you’ve successfully modified the Apple Watch’s screen wake time.

How to Change Screen Wake Duration from the Watch App?

Changing these settings on your iPhone can be easier than altering them on your tiny Apple Watch screen.

Step 1: Go to the Watch app on your iPhone and open it.

Step 2: Tap General.

Step 3: Select Wake Screen from the scroll-down menu.

Step 4: Then tap Wake for 70 seconds.

You have now successfully changed the screen awake time for your Apple Watch from your iPhone.

How to keep the display Always On (Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 6, and later only)?

This feature will allow you to keep your apple watch always-on though it is only available for apple watch series five and above. Thanks to Always On, Apple Watch displays the watch’s face and time even when your wrist is down. Apple Watch is completely functional when you elevate your wrist.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and then:

Step 2: Tap on Display & Brightness, then tap the ‘Always On’ option.

Step 3: Toggle Always On, then press the options below to customize them:

  • Show the Complication Data: Choose the complications that show data when your wrist is downwards.
  • Show Notifications: Choose which notifications should be visible when your wrist is down.
  • Show Apps: Select the shown apps when your wrist is down.

Wake Duration

When you use the Apple Watch to wake it, you can choose how long the display will stay on. You have two options: Wake for 15 Seconds or Wake for 70 Seconds. Select your choice, and it will be marked.

Wake on Wrist Raise

You can wake your Apple Watch by raising your wrist. As soon as you do, it will automatically wake up and be ready to use. Be sure that you have the right orientation set up for the wrist you use. You can select either the Left Wrist or the Right Wrist from General > Watch Orientation.

Wake On Crown Rotation

If you allow this feature to be enabled on your Apple Watch, you will be able to wake its display by rotating the Digital Crown.

Auto Launch Audio Apps

It is especially convenient for people who listen to podcasts or music on the go and don’t want to turn to their phone for playback control.

Our full tutorial on this feature can be found here. Just make sure the Audio-launch Audio Apps slider is green, and you’re good to go.

Return to Clock

As well as these settings, there is also a Return to Clock setting which allows you to see which app was open before your Watch went back to sleep. You can enable or disable this setting according to your preferences.

You can set the screen to show the app you were using when you raise your wrist or tap to wake it. Let’s say you’re viewing your calendar and get distracted. When you raise your wrist or tap to wake it, the app you were using will appear.

To access this:

Step 1: Go to the Settings section on your Apple Watch or open the Watch app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap General.

Step 3: Tap Return to Clock.

Step 4: It can be set to always, after 2 minutes, or after 1 hour. I usually keep it at after 2 minutes.

Return to Clock
return to clock setting on iphone watch


That’s all there is to it, guys. Hopefully, you will be able to modify the screen awake time on your Apple Watch following this technique. Don’t forget to ask us any quires you may have in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my Apple Watch screen go black?

When both Voiceover and Screen Curtain is turned on, your Apple Watch’s display will appear black. When your Apple Watch face is black, turning these settings off can solve the problem!

On your iPhone, go to the Watch app and tap Accessibility.
After that, go to Voiceover. Make sure the Voiceover switch is turned off.

What is Sleep Mode Apple Watch?

You may establish nighttime schedules with the Sleep app for Apple Watch to help you accomplish your sleep goals. Wear your Apple Watch to bed, and it will track your sleep. When you wake up, open the Sleep app to discover how much sleep you received and how your sleep patterns have changed over the last 14 days.

How can I keep my Apple Watch screen from going to sleep?

First open the Settings app on your Apple Watch. Then scroll down to the Sleep app and touch it. Make sure to turn it on at Bedtime is turned on. Then go down to the Sleep Screen setting, which dims your screen and eliminates any distractions from your watch or phone.

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Kamran Haider, the IAT's Co-Founder, is a digital and affiliate marketing specialist. He writes about blogging, SEO, and tech-related issues.

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