The watch face on your Apple Watch displays when you raise your wrist and hides again when you lower your wrist. You can also wake the screen by tapping on it, which displays the watch face for 15 seconds by default, but this can be extended to 70 seconds.

If you’re using your watch as a simple flashlight or if you need to refer to something on your watch for longer than 15 seconds, this new wake screen time can be useful. You can change this setting on either the watch or iPhone.

To change the setting on the watch, press the digital crown to access the Home screen.

On the Home screen, tap on the “Settings” icon.

On the “Settings” screen, tap “General”.

Then, tap “Wake Screen” on the “General” screen.

The “Wake Screen” screen displays.

NOTE: This screen also allows you to turn off the “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” setting, which is helpful if you want to put your watch in “theater mode”.

Scroll down to the bottom of the “Wake Screen” screen. Under “On Tap” tap the “Wake for 70 Seconds” option. You can back out of the “Settings” screens by tapping the title at the top of each screen to return to the previous screen until you reach the main “Settings” screen. Whether you back out of the “Settings” screens or not, press the digital crown once to return to the home screen and again to return to the watch face.


NOTE: When you use the digital crown to exit “Settings” without backing out of the screens, the next time you open “Settings” the last screen you accessed opens automatically.

To change this setting on your iPhone, tap the “Watch” app icon on the home screen.

Tap “General” on the “Settings” screen.

On the “General” screen, tap “Wake Screen”.

Under “On Tap”, tap the “Wake for 70 Seconds” option.

NOTE: The “Wake for 70 Seconds” option only works when you tap the screen to view the watch face, not on a wrist raise. If you want the watch face to turn off sooner, you can cover the watch face with your palm to turn it off.

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