Automatic Screen Turn Off - Override button/option?

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  1. Piggie macrumors 604

    Piggie

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    Not seen this mentioned, but I guess it must be something I may have missed.

    You know how, if you wear a watch, there are times you just want to look at your watch, and time something on the spur of the moment.

    Could be anything.....

    "Hey see how long you can balance like that. Starting...... NOW"

    You look at your watch, and watch the second hand......

    "Yay, well done, you did 25 seconds"

    That kind of thing. Could be anything in life. It's just a spur of the moment thing, not planned.

    Can anyone confirm that you can turn off the auto-screen-off function, just temporarily, so you can use the Apple watch, like a normal watch, to do such things, and have the screen stay on and lit, just until you put it back to auto mode again?
     
  2. seble macrumors 6502a

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    The watch has a stopwatch app?
     
  3. Piggie thread starter macrumors 604

    Piggie

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    I've no idea. One would think so, as that's kinda a "No Brainer" app for a watch to have.

    Sure I have seen in video the Apple watch spinning around in some kind of stopwatch/timer mode.

    One must presume I suppose that whilst in this "timing" mode, the screen will stay on, until you press STOP to end the timer?
     
  4. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    Wow.... Ummm Ok.
    Yes it has a stop watch option/function. I would venture to guess the screen stays on as long as you have your hand up in the "look at me" position.
     
  5. Piggie thread starter macrumors 604

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    I hope not.

    Say I was timing you running around a small track, or for 3 lengths of our local pool.
    I don't think I'd want to stand there, like a dummy in a shop window, holding my wrist up, twisted towards me, whilst you finished your 3 mins 20 seconds.

    You'd not want that, if you think about it, would you?
     
  6. seble macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with you. I think the stopwatch app is probably your best bet. But then again, the screen would probably sleep after a while, making it awkward to record accurate times.
     
  7. Piggie thread starter macrumors 604

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    Oh yes. I'm not being silly :)
    I would not expect the screen/timer to stay on for a couple of hours, if you need to time someone for hours at a time, then you can find something else or use the watch in another way.

    But for normal short time/lap times, of say, 1, 5 or perhaps up to say 10 mins max(ish), I'd hope the screen would stay on with the timer running.
     
  8. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    If you use the stopwatch app on the iPhone, the screen will not turn off automatically. I imagine the Watch will work the same way.
     
  9. Piggie thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yes, that would make sense to me :)

    Though as I said, even I would not complain if it turned off after a sensible amount of time.
    If you wanted to time something for a hour or few hours, then perhaps you can use something else... Like your phone, as opposed to killing the watch battery.
     
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    How about if the screen turns off when you lower your arm, but the timer keeps running? And if you raise your arm, it comes on again. Also, if you press one of the buttons, the timer stops, whether the screen is on or off, and you can see the time when you turn the screen on again (by raising your arm, or whatever else you do to turn on the screen).

    If it worked this way, wouldn't that let you time things accurately?

    Not saying this is how Apple watch works, but this is how I think it should.
     
  11. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    You could always turn off the screen manually. I do this a lot with my iPhone. Start the stopwatch, lock the phone. when I'm ready to stop the timer, just unlock the phone. I haven't had to time something for hours, so I'm not sure if at some point the iPhone just decides it's going to turn its own screen off though. I doubt it though.
     
  12. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    You flip it up, screen activates, you see your time, you continue running..... How long do you think it takes to activate the screen? (stop watch won't "stop" simply because the screen turns dark)
     
  13. iBreatheApple macrumors 68020

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    I'm hoping so. I need this exact feature for checking manual pulses and such.
     
  14. Knowimagination macrumors 68000

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    "Hey siri, start the stopwatch."

    Then just look at watch when you need to check what time you are at.
     
  15. iBreatheApple macrumors 68020

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    In many cases, clinical bedside, for example, this isn't practical. If you miss it by a single second you must start reassess because accuracy is exceptionally important. I need the display to stay awake for this. Hopefully there is a 90-second option, at minimum.
     

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