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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 22, 2017
North Carolina
It would be nice if the watch could remain dimly lit while on a charging stand to act as a bedside clock. Is it possible for an app to do this or does Apple have that function locked down?


macrumors 68020
Nov 14, 2003
Central MN
To add to @mfram...

* It is now dubbed Nightstand Mode.

Apple said:

Set up Apple Watch as a nightstand clock with alarm​

  1. Open the Settings app
    on your Apple Watch.
  2. Go to General > Nightstand Mode, then turn on Nightstand Mode.
When you connect your Apple Watch to its charger with nightstand mode turned on, it displays charging status, the current time and date, and the time of any alarm you’ve set. To see the time, tap the display or lightly nudge your Apple Watch. Even nudging or tapping the table might work.
An Apple Watch placed on its side and connected to the charger, with the screen showing the charging symbol in the top-right corner, the current time below that, and the time of the next alarm.

If you set an alarm using the Alarms app, your Apple Watch in nightstand mode will gently wake you with a unique alarm sound.
When the alarm sounds, press the side button to turn it off, or press the Digital Crown to snooze for another 9 minutes.
An Apple Watch placed on its side, with the screen showing an alarm that’s gone off. Below the Digital Crown is the word “Snooze.” The word “Stop is below the side button.


macrumors member
May 12, 2020
Its possible to write an app and even make it avoid burn in by position shifts and color changes but WatchOS wont let it stay active for long bc the app life cycle is designed for quick interactions so once it 'thinks' you are not looking it would try to put everything to sleep.
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