Apple Watch Showing Time in Nightstand Mode

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by DesignG, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. DesignG macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2014
    I don't have a Apple watch, but I would really love to get one...
    Im asking myself if it is possible to display the clock all night long at the nightstand mode?
    If no, is it possible to ask Siri in the middle of the night so she will light up the display and show the time?
    Would Siri read the time through the speaker?

    Thank you very much!
  2. Dormammu macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2013
    A mysterious location in the middle of nowhere
    I'd be curious to know this as well.

    From what I've read, some people have mentioned that the watch does not display the time all the time, and the screen has to be touched to prompt the time to display. Someone please correct me if I am wrong!

    I think this is a bit silly. The watch should display the time all the time, so long as the watch is plugged in. In my humble opinion of course. The usefulness of nightstand mode is nil to me if I have to touch to display.
  3. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Always on display for nightstand mode can't be don't because you can get burn in on the display.

    I don't know about asking Siri the time. But I do know you can tap the nightstand or whatever you're watch is sitting on and the display turns on. (It detects the small vibration)
  4. seadragon Contributor

    Mar 10, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    They could avoid burn in by slowly moving the time around the screen.
  5. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    Maybe this is a dumb response, but I don't get the nightstand mode on the watch since everyone who has an Apple Watch also has an iPhone that has many Nightstand Mode Clocks and Alarms and you can keep the screen on and dim and it is easier to read. Anyway, that's just me not understanding the couple of threads wanting nightstand mode on the watch that doesn't shut off.
  6. WileySheep macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2015
    Exactly. TV vendors have been doing that for years.

    it's the dumbest implementation ever. Besides those silly clocks where you have to press a button to show the time projected on ceiling who on earth wants an alarm clock that doesn't show the time. I wake up at, say, 2am, half asleep I want to look at the time and see if it's worth going back to sleep. now you have to find the watch in the dark and press something. Great, now I'm wide awake. It does beg the question: "does anyone with any design influence at Apple actually use their products"

    Another bad implementation is Do Not Disturb, I have to set from 11pm to 6am, but need to get up at 5am for a flight or I just wake up early and text a buddy to go for breakfast. I get no alarms, message replies, etc. because it's still on Do Not Disturb. Why isn't there an option in the alarm to turn off Do Not Disturb when the alarm goes off? This is the kind of stuff you'd expect to a good software company/average user to think about.
  7. Command macrumors regular


    Jan 23, 2015
    Not really sure if burn in is an issue why the OLED display. That hasn't been an issue for quite some time, actually. LCD, LED and OLED seem to handle it just fine. At least, let's say, as long as the device is usable in its tech life cycle.
  8. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
    I second this. I just don't get it. What's the point of nightstand mode on a tiny screen that doesn't even stay on all the time? And I don't trust the Watch's tiny speaker to wake me up in the morning either. The iPhone is a far superior alarm clock to the Watch.
  9. Recognition macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2013
    What would you like done about it?
  10. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
    40 lashes for whoever came up with it.
  11. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    It's a cool concept, but like has already been stated, kinda pointless without the time always-on.

    I know it's a potential problem with OLED and burn-in, but then why include it in the first place? Even with "nightstand mode" disabled, I can still tap on my watch in the middle of the night and display the time if I really wanted to.
  12. Cremerhm macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I really like the nightstand modus to be honest!
    Don't have an alarm clock and don't want to take the iPhone to my bedroom.

    The only thing I have to do to see the time is give a little "tap" at the table (not the watch) next to my bed on which the Apple Watch is been charged. It needs only a a gentle tap, so nobody will here it!
  13. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Once I get home from work and the gym (about 6pm), I put my phone on my coffee table downstairs and never touch it again. (My phone goes into do-not-disturb mode at 8pm anyways)

    I'm wearing my watch until I go to bed (upstairs) around 11pm. I simply take it off to charge it, on my bedside table, and now I have an alarm clock.

    I have a regular alarm clock in my bedroom because I never want to bring my phone with me upstairs. I might retire that regular alarm clock now.

    So, for my lifestyle it works. I'm online all day from 6am to 6pm. I prefer to be offline from 6pm to 6am. The only time I'm interrupted is if I want to be, or someone calls me twice in a row to trigger an 'emergency call'
  14. Donoban macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2013
    It will trigger the display on movement. So a tap on the table will usually trigger the display.

    I'm super confused by do not disturb and silent mode. Lolz. So what you want is a do not disturb that ignores alarms? Bro, just adjust your do not disturb to end before your alarm. Problem solved. Or manually turn it off.

    I think it's fair the watch respects the DND times you have set regardless of alarms, user actions, etc.
  15. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2011
    Lansdale, PA, USA
    I just tried Siri, and the watch does not seem to wake up for me if it is in nightstand mode.
  16. Jakeycov macrumors member


    Jul 9, 2015
    Touch it with your finger. Or tap the table. Tada.
  17. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2011
    Lansdale, PA, USA
    I tapped the table, nothing happens.

    I was responding to someone above who asked if it would wake with Siri.

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