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How to Use Apple Watch Theater Mode

Theater Mode
Written by Hassan Abbas

With the release of watchOS 3.2 came a handy new feature for Apple Watch wearers called Theater Mode. In this article, we are going to talk about what exactly Apple Watch Theater Mode does, how you can enable it, and when you might want to use it. Let’s begin!

What is Apple Watch Theater Mode?

This Mode is a feature that once enabled, keeps your Apple Watch silent and its screen dark. If you have your Watch set to wake when you raise your wrist. Then this will be disabled when in Theater Mode.

You will still feel the haptic notifications when in Theater. So you can check for those important messages if necessary.

To wake your Apple Watch when in This Mode, tap the screen or press either the Digital Crown or side button.

How do you enable Apple Watch Theater Mode?

Turning on This Mode could not be easier. Just follow these steps.

  • On your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom to open the Control Center
  • Then click the Theater Mode button which displays as two theater masks. Note: If it is the first time you are using that Mode, a screen will display explaining the feature. Tap the orange Theater Mode button at the top of that screen to enable it. Moving forward, you will only have to tap the Theater Mode button in the Control Center to enable it.
  • When you enable That Mode, you will also notice your Silent Mode button turn red. And now that Mode button turns orange. In addition, when Theater is enabled, you will see the icon at the top of your Apple Watch face.

To turn it off, swipe up to open the Control Center and tap the Theater Mode button. That button along with your Silent Mode button will turn back to gray.

When should you use this Mode?

Obviously, with its name, the intent is to put your Apple Watch into That Mode, you guessed it, at the theater. This is so that the light from your screen and sounds from your Watch do not disturb you or others. Whether a Broadway show or movie theater. However, that does not mean the feature is only for theatergoers.

If you wear your Apple Watch to bed, this Mode is awesome. You do not have to worry about waking up from the bright light of your Watch should the screen turn on.

Think about any situation when Silent Mode is not enough and you want your Watch screen to remain dark until you wake it yourself. This is when you should use This Mode.


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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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