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Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by jwolf6589, May 8, 2017.
What is it and what does it do? Does it save battery life?
Search is such a wonderful thing on computers: https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/watchos-3-2-theater-mode/
I used this feature for the first time when I went to see a play. Worked great...once I actually got it set!
Theatre Mode is meant to keep the screen off unless you touch the display. I use it when i'm driving since my arm turns on the screen frequently. It's ultimately designed to be discrete if you're in a movie theatre
The coolest aspect is being able to slowly brighten the display by turning the stem. You can check the watch without fully illuminating the watch in a dark place.
This is true. But this feature is only available on Series 2 by rotating the Digital Crown.
Just a shame that your watch still vibrates. I thought you wouldn't get anything at all
Also useful if you wear your Watch to sleep. And it does save battery life since lighting up the screen consumes battery.
That's what do not disturb mode is for.
They should of combined the two into one. Both isn't really needed
It's great for checking football score especially if you have Series 2. When your favorite team playing just set your watch to Theater Mode then when a goal notification comes in (vibrating), use the crown to gradually increase screen brightness to check.
Not at all since it would limit Theater mode's usefulness. Consider the following:
You go out to the movies and cut on Do Not Disturb and there is an emergency or important event at your home or work. You would have no way to get the Notification with Do Not Disturb on. Also Do Not Disturb doesn't cut off the screens normal operation which is the MAIN feature of Theater mode.
If you don't want Notifications while using Theater mode simply cut on Theater Mode AND Do Not Disturb. It only takes about 250ms longer.
Overall I agree with those who say that they are best being separated. Though with Do Not Disturb mode on, you can still allow calls from Favorites, though work may or may not be your "favorite" .
You can also enable the switch to allow repeated calls from the same person within 3 minutes to not be silenced. There are some ways around the emergency call thing but DND would silence important event notifications or texts and as mentioned above, it is useful on the S2 to be able to slightly rotate the crown and view a notification subtly in "dark mode." This allows you to excuse yourself from the theater and return a call if you have to.
One of the best features of Theater Mode is that it quickly disables the screen from lighting up when you raise your wrist. Not only is it useful in the theater, when you reach for some popcorn or scratch your head, but it is also good for sleep tracking to prevent the watch from the face from lighting up and also in the gym to prevent it from lighting up every time you lift a weight. In that sense, perhaps it is more redundant with "Wake Screen on Wrist Raise" than with DND.
At night, I combine the two: sleep mode and theatre. I've noticed a huge leap in battery savings. I put my watch on at 8.00 AM, and take it off the next day at 11.00 PM.
In other situations, I only use theatre mode. For instance: in the theatre. And sometimes, I only use Do not disturb, for instance in church. I wouldn't want them separated.
this feature also works at all times, not just when in theatre mode.
I like theatre mode for the easy ability to turn things off at night in one place.. raise to wake, alerts, etc. Just turn it on and one can wear the watch to track sleep without the watch waking up. Now, I'd ALSO like to have theatre mode automatically change the watch face to a simple one that I could select. APPLE ARE YOU LISTENING?
You meant you wouldn't want them combined?
And agree with the poster above, it's very useful when sleeping too.
And them someone would complain about that.
Tried theater mode today while on a motorcycle ride and find it perfect for that as well.
I don't want to use DND, because that also sets your phone to DND. That isn't a viable solution for me, because there are certain calls I need to be able to take even when riding and can answer from my Sena helmet comms.
The theater mode prevents the Watch face lighting up with notifications, when I can't check them anyway and resulted in a significant battery savings.
Theater mode is going to be my new motorcycle mode.
I found that I appreciate the haptic feedback when I was riding in my very loud V8 Impala SS today. Because I certainly can't even hear my iPhone ringing and Haptic feedback would be the only method With the exhaust rumbling. Fun Times.
Just got a Series 2 today. Is Sleep Mode another mode or do you mean DND mode?
I can see people's points about it being useful for Theatre Mode to not also enable Do Not Disturb in certain instances where you want to see important notifications. But you still have the issue of being disturbed with everything else as well if you don't enable Do Not Disturb.
I'm the type of person for whom it's very important to not be disturbed by anything when at the theatre enjoying a good film, so I would have liked the feature to enable Do Not Disturb rather than Silent Mode. But I just enable it manually, which is less elegant but not a big deal. Perhaps there should be a setting in the Watch app where you can select if Theatre Mode should enable Silent Mode or Do Not Disturb? I also think it should prevent the watch from coming on with screen taps, which I could quite easily see happening by accident. Is there any setting anywhere where you can disable "Tap to Wake"?
As for myself, I can't imagine an instance where I would want any type of notification while in the theatre (I also shut my phone off completely), but other people's needs might be different, of course.
I think some are missing the 2 main differentiators of Do Not Disturb and Theater Mode:
Do Not Disturb: So you are not bothered (all about you)
Theater Mode: So others are not bothered by you (all about other people)
Do Not Disturb and Theater Mode: So you and others are not bothered
- I'm not. I think both should be taken care of when in the theatre.
That is why I quoted you and even edited my post to add both.
- I see. "Some" in your post could be read both as including me and excluding me. I thought you meant the former, but you meant the latter.
Do you know of a way to disable Tap to Wake?