How to make your Apple Watch display its screen longer
Set your Apple Watch so the screen stays on for a longer period of time.
Geoff writes in asking for help for his daughter:
My daughter is a paramedic. As a paramedic she takes people’s pulses all shift long. However, her Apple Watch face goes blank before she is finished taking a pulse, making it impossible to wear her watch while working.
He wonders if there’s a way to keep it visible. In watchOS 2, there is.
- From the Home (honeycomb of apps) screen, tap Settings.
- Tap General > Wake Screen and swipe down to On Tap.
- Change to Wake for 70 Seconds.
This will drain the battery on the Watch more quickly than a default 15-second sleep, but given that she’s looking at a Watch face, which uses an Apple-developed native app and doesn’t need to interact with an associated iPhone, the difference should be minimal.
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