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jdsmitty10

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When my alarm goes off, I look at my watch to hit snooze and the screen goes dark. So then I have to tap the screen to get it to light up again to hit snooze.. annoying. Does this happen to anyone else? Shouldn't the screen stay lit when I look at my watch to turn the alarm off or snooze it? Is there a way to get it to stay lit a tad longer so I have time to hit snooze without having to re wake the screen?
 

akash.nu

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Well, the watch doesn’t have a camera, so it doesn’t know if you’re actively looking at it. The screen only lights up with arm movement because then it can detect that you swung your arm to lift it from your side.

So yeah no one else is having the issue because possibly they’re not expecting it to work like the way you are.
 

jdsmitty10

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Well, the watch doesn’t have a camera, so it doesn’t know if you’re actively looking at it. The screen only lights up with arm movement because then it can detect that you swung your arm to lift it from your side.

So yeah no one else is having the issue because possibly they’re not expecting it to work like the way you are.

I understand it doesn't know when I am looking at it, and I guess if the screen stayed lit too long while the alarm is going off people might turn the alarm off by accident in their sleep. I guess the screen doesn't wake because I am laying down compared to looking at it normally.. just tested the timer sitting here and the screen stays lit since it is a normal "looking at watch" position compared to laying in bed position. Guess I will have to just get used to tapping the screen to snooze/end alarms.
 

JT2002TJ

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I have noticed this. It is like playing wack a mole trying to turn off my alarm on my wrist. Normally when the screen turns on with movement, it stays on for a LOT longer than when the alarm is going off. My arm moves to bring it up to see it, then the screen almost immediately shuts off.

I never snooze, but several times I've accidentally touched snooze, because the screen was off, and I was trying to get the screen back on. Then when getting ready for work (I put it on the charger) it all of a sudden goes off again (I thought I hit off, but hit snooze).

I think it isn't as refined a process as it could be... Well, 3 times of of 10 I have an issue, the other times I am quick enough to hit end before the screen shuts off.

If I actually charged my watch in my room I would actually be pissed about it. I get ready for work 2 hours before my wife, so if one of these snooze incidents happened, and I was out of the room, it would wake her up.
 

jdsmitty10

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Sep 9, 2016
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I have noticed this. It is like playing wack a mole trying to turn off my alarm on my wrist. Normally when the screen turns on with movement, it stays on for a LOT longer than when the alarm is going off. My arm moves to bring it up to see it, then the screen almost immediately shuts off.

I never snooze, but several times I've accidentally touched snooze, because the screen was off, and I was trying to get the screen back on. Then when getting ready for work (I put it on the charger) it all of a sudden goes off again (I thought I hit off, but hit snooze).

I think it isn't as refined a process as it could be... Well, 3 times of of 10 I have an issue, the other times I am quick enough to hit end before the screen shuts off.

If I actually charged my watch in my room I would actually be pissed about it. I get ready for work 2 hours before my wife, so if one of these snooze incidents happened, and I was out of the room, it would wake her up.


EXACTLY THIS ^. You explained it better than I did.
 

rgyiv

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Jan 30, 2018
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Yeah, my guess it has to do with body positioning. I've too noticed that just in general, if I'm laying down and try to look at my watch, it's occasionally inconsistent. Works most of the time, but I know I've experienced your issue.
 

JWGold

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Sep 25, 2017
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When my alarm goes off, I look at my watch to hit snooze and the screen goes dark. So then I have to tap the screen to get it to light up again to hit snooze.. annoying. Does this happen to anyone else? Shouldn't the screen stay lit when I look at my watch to turn the alarm off or snooze it? Is there a way to get it to stay lit a tad longer so I have time to hit snooze without having to re wake the screen?

Easy fix. Just push on the Digital Crown when the screen goes dark. It lights up again and you can hit snooze or stop.
 

edhchoe

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I don't have this issue. or I don't realize there is an issue.
When my watch vibrates in the morning, I wake up and touch the screen to make it light up I guess, if it is already in the viewing angle.
 

jdsmitty10

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Sep 9, 2016
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Easy fix. Just push on the Digital Crown when the screen goes dark. It lights up again and you can hit snooze or stop.

Yes I can wake the watch to snooze/end alarm but it is annoying that as soon as I look at it I see the lit screen but it goes dark before I can hit snooze.

I don't have this issue. or I don't realize there is an issue.
When my watch vibrates in the morning, I wake up and touch the screen to make it light up I guess, if it is already in the viewing angle.

So is yours just a dark screen when you first react to the alarm? Mine is lit with snooze/stop buttons but as soon as I go to tap either option it sleeps making me have to tap the screen to wake it again. Really annoying especially that time of day
 

edhchoe

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I could not remember whether the screen comes on when the alarm goes off. It doesn't.
Apple should make it light up with the alarm until it is turned off or up to 1 min regardless of the watch angle.
 

jdsmitty10

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Sep 9, 2016
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I could not remember whether the screen comes on when the alarm goes off. It doesn't.
Apple should make it light up with the alarm until it is turned off or up to 1 min regardless of the watch angle.

I'd be happy if it lit up for 10 seconds. That would be enough for me to react to the alarm..
 
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