How to Change Screen Awake Duration on Apple Watch

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Reduce or increase the screen wake duration of your Apple Watch according to your preference right from your Apple Watch or from the Watch app on your iPhone.

By default, the screen wake duration for an Apple Watch is 15 seconds. Though the screen wake duration might not bother you much if you are using an Apple Watch with an AOD(Always-On-Display), however, if you are using a watch that does not support the AOD functionality, being able to quickly glance at the watch and soak up all the information that an Apple Watch face has to offer, might not be possible all the time.

On the flip side, your Apple Watch screen stays on for too long, you can also lessen the time to save some battery on your watch.

Fortunately, you can very easily change the screen awake duration for your Apple Watch from the Settings app right on your watch or from the ‘Watch’ app on your iPhone depending on your preference and ease of convenience. In this guide, we will be showcasing both methods.

However, do keep in mind the longer the screen of your Apple Watch is awake, the faster your battery will drain.

Change Screen Awake Duration from the Settings App on the Apple Watch

Changing the screen awake is a very simple and easy-to-follow process. In fact, it only requires you a couple of clicks and you will be done.

To do so, first, press the Crown / Home Button on your Apple Watch to head to the home screen, if not on it already.

After that, locate and tap on the ‘Settings’ icon from the app grid or list to proceed.

Then, on the ‘Settings’ screen, tap on the ‘Display & Brightness’ tile to continue.

Now, on the ‘General’ settings screen, scroll down to locate and tap on the ‘Wake Screen’ tile to proceed.

Finally, on the ‘Wake Scree’ settings page, tap on the ’70 seconds’ option to select and apply the setting on your Apple Watch. At the time of writing this article, Apple Watch either provides a 15 second wake time for the screen or a 70 second wake time.

Note: The duration will only be applicable when you wake the screen of the Apple Watch by tapping on it. The duration of screen wake when you flick your wrist will still be the same.

In case you are here to reduce the screen wake time for your Apple Watch, tap on the ‘Wake for 15 seconds’ option to apply the settings immediately.

And that’s it, you have successfully changed the screen wake time for your Apple Watch.

Change Screen Wake Duration from the Watch App on your iPhone

The process to change screen wake duration is almost identical to that of the Apple Watch with a single exception of heading to the ‘Watch’ app and then tweaking the settings for your Apple Watch.

To change the screen wake duration for your Apple Watch from your iPhone, first, head to the ‘Watch’ app either from the home screen or the App Library on your device.

Then, from the ‘Watch’ app, locate and tap on the ‘Display & Brightness’ tile to proceed.

After that, on the next screen, locate and tap on the ‘Wake Duration’ tile to continue.

Then, on the ‘Wake Duration’ settings screen, tap on the ‘Wake for 70 seconds’ option to apply the settings immediately on your Apple Watch.

If you are here to reduce the screen wake timing for your Apple Watch, tap on the ‘Wake for 15 seconds’ option to apply the settings immediately.

That’s it, you have successfully changed the screen awake time for your Apple Watch from your iPhone.


There you go, folks, hopefully using this guide, you will be able to change the screen awake time for your Apple Watch.