Use the Always On feature with your Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 can display the time and other information at a glance, even when your wrist is down.

Always On is turned on by default on Apple Watch Series 5 devices. In this mode, the time will always be visible, along with the watch face or your most recent active app.

To improve battery life, the display will be dimmed when your wrist is down or if you quickly cover the display with your hand. A wrist raise or tap on the screen brings everything back to full brightness and makes the watch screen active so you can interact with your watch.

How information appears

When your wrist is down, the time and any complications on the watch face will be updated once every minute, and information will appear as follows:

  • Time complications, such as Stopwatch and Timer, round up their displayed information to the next minute.
  • Complications that show live data, such as Compass and Noise, are not active.
  • Other complications, such as Calendar, Weather and third-party apps, will be refreshed once per minute or as needed.

The Workout app stays visible when you're exercising, so you can easily see your workout information.

Notifications don't appear on the watch face when your wrist is down.

How to interact with your watch

When your display has been dimmed, it will ignore swipes to prevent accidental input. To interact with your watch, return it to full brightness by using one of these quick methods:

  • Raise your wrist
  • Tap the display
  • Press the Digital Crown
  • Press the side button

Then you can interact with the watch screen and it will respond as usual.

Manage Always On settings

Always On has settings that let you turn the feature off, which can improve battery life. You can also hide sensitive complications.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch. To do this, press the Digital Crown to see the Home screen, then tap the Settings icon .
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap Always On to turn the feature on or off. You can also select Hide Sensitive Complications if you want certain information, such as calendar events, messages and heart rate, to remain hidden when your wrist is down.

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