When Do Not Disturb is on, my Apple Watch still shows the watch face when I turn my wrist. This is a pain at night, because every time I move, I get a bright light shining from the Watch.

When Do Not Disturb is on, I only want the watch to be activated when I press the crown. Is this possible?

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    Simplest answer - don't sleep with your watch on. This has been the general advice since the advent of the clockwork watch. – Tetsujin May 31 '15 at 8:13
  • If Do Not Disturb is on, there isn't a reason the watch should be worn to bed as mentioned above by @Tetsujin . – Shaun Loftin May 31 '15 at 20:56
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    I use it as an alarm to wake me up – luciano Jun 1 '15 at 6:04
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    It's also helpful for reading your resting heart rate, or using apps that track your sleep. – user11633 May 20 '17 at 21:33

In watchOS 3.2, Apple added Theater Mode, accessed by swiping up from the Watch Face and tapping the bottom-left icon.

Theater Mode

Theater Mode silences the WATCH and prevents the screen from lighting up on wrist-raise or when receiving notifications. Taptic feedback will still be triggered.

You can combine Theater Mode and Do Not Disturb to silence Taptic feedback, as well. Alarms will still ring as normal.

  • Just an FYI, the  character doesn't display correctly on any non-Apple device – Stevoisiak Jun 8 '17 at 7:17

Yes. Theater mode is the perfect option for it.

It silences your Apple Watch's screen, leaving the display off unless you intentionally tap the screen or press one of the watch's buttons.

Theater Mode: On will display at the top of the screen in Control Center. On your watch face, you'll also see a theater mask in the top center of the screen to indicate that you currently have Theater Mode activated.

For more info refer this link.


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