Does Apple Watch Face Turn Off? [Here’s How to Do It!]

The Apple Watch is designed to tell you the time and give you stats about your fitness just by glancing at it. Because of this, the watch is always on, which can become bothersome in certain situations, especially in the evening when you are trying to sleep. With that said, does the Apple Watch face turn off?

The Apple Watch uses an always-on display. It does not consume that much battery power, and when you are not looking at your Apple Watch, the display will dim to conserve even more battery. You can disable “Always On” by looking in your settings, although it may cause a few complications with specific apps.

Today I want to go through a few step-by-step guides on easily controlling whether or not your Apple Watch face is on. I also want to answer many questions regarding the Apple Watch’s always-on feature. So, let’s jump straight into everything you need to know.

How to Turn Off the Apple Watch Face?

There are two ways of turning off the Apple Watch face; the first method includes turning the watch itself off, and it is the only option if you have a series that came out before the Apple Watch 5. If you have an Apple Watch five or later, you can turn off the watch face instead of the entire watch.

To turn off the Apple Watch, disconnect it from the charger as you cannot switch it off while it is charging. Now, press and hold the power button until you get a slider with three options. The first slider should say “power off.” Slide that to the right and wait for the watch to switch off.

Turn Off The Apple Watch Always On Display: 5 Steps

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Turning off your Apple Watch’s always-on display is different from turning off the watch itself. Basically, you will still be able to glance at the watch, and the display will light up. Remember, this only applies to Apple Watch 5 and up. So, here is how to turn off the Apple Watch display in five easy steps.

  1. Unlock the watch so that you are on the home screen.
  2. Click on the Settings icon; you will be taken to a new menu.
  3. Select the “Display and Brightness” option. You will be taken to a new menu.
  4. Find the “Always-On” option, which is typically near the bottom.
  5. Tap the option to toggle it on or off.

I want to add that the always-on display isn’t that bright. It’s only a few pixels lit up to show you some relevant information. So, while it does work to turn this display off, you should do other things, and we will discuss them further.

How to Enable the Apple Watch Screen Always ON Setting?

Typically the Apple Watch only lights up when you look at the watch’s face. Most recent watches have an always-on display that is on by default. However, if you have turned it off and want to turn it back on again, here are three simple steps:

  1. Find the settings menu on your Apple Watch.
  2. Select the “Display and brightness” option.
  3. Toggle the “Always On” option.

As you can see, it’s relatively simple, so it might be worth getting used to toggling your always-on feature between off and on when you need to.

How to Stop My Apple Watch Face From Lighting Up at Night?

The biggest distraction from the Apple Watch is when the screen lights up while I’m trying to sleep. The screen will typically light up when you receive notifications from people or apps.

There are two things that you need to do if you want to stop your Apple Watch from lighting up at night:

  • Turn on airplane mode on your watch or phone: Your watch will lose a lot of functionality, but apps that rely on an internet connection will stop sending notifications.
  • Use the sleep app to customize your sleeping schedule: You can choose who can notify you while the sleep option is on. It also allows you to control what apps can use push notifications during this. You can find out more about the sleep app here.

The biggest downside to turning airplane mode on, especially on your apple phone, is not being able to receive important notifications such as emergency phone calls, so be careful of that.

How to Prevent the Apple Watch from Vibrating at Night?

The Apple Watch uses a very clever technology called haptics which gives off a vibrating sensation. You can turn this feature on and off at any time, and if it bothers you at night, well, luckily, it’s relatively simple; just follow these steps:

  1. Press the crown of the watch to get to your home screen.
  2. From the home screen, go to settings.
  3. Look for the “Sounds And Haptics” option in the settings menu and select it.
  4. Toggle the “Haptics” option on or off.

How to Stop Apple Watch from Waking You Up at Night?

There are many benefits to wearing the Apple Watch at night but constantly being woken up is highly inconvenient. However, if you follow everything we have spoken about in this article, you should be able to get a good night’s rest while tracking your sleep with your watch. So, let’s recap on what you should do to avoid having the Apple Watch waking you up at night:

  • Turn off the Always-on display.
  • Set a sleep schedule.
  • Turn on airplane mode.
  • Switch off haptic vibrations

The goal is to find what works for you. You can use a combination of all those steps, or you could use a select few. I recommend trying one of each step each night, and if you still haven’t found your favorite method, try using a combination.

Does Apple Watch Always On Display Drain Battery?

If you are less worried about the Apple Watch distracting you at night and more concerned about its always-on display draining the battery, you don’t have to worry.

Although always-on displays play a role in a device’s battery life, it is so insignificant that turning it off or on won’t make that much of a difference.

Does Apple Watch Always On Display Cause “Burn-In”?

Always-on displays use LED technology, and as far as I know, you won’t encounter a problem with burn-in because of the always-on display on your Apple Watch.

What Happens When You Disable Always On Display: Apple Watch

Certain apps might not work because they utilize the always-on display. Typically, always-on will display the time while giving you other pieces of information from apps that you were recently using. If the always-on is off, you won’t be able to see that information.

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