How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

How to Use Theater Mode on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is a convenient way to see notifications from your smartphone on your wrist, at least until you’re trying to watch a movie or performance and the small display lights up with a series of text messages or alerts. But there’s a way to keep your watch from annoying everyone around you.

The Apple Watch offers a Theater Mode feature that makes it easy to keep its screen dark while you’re in a, well, theater; it’s also an effective way to keep your watch from flashing if you wear it to bed. Activating Theater Mode will keep your watch from lighting up until you tap its display to wake it or press the Digital Crown.—Caitlin McGarry

1. Swipe up from your watch’s home screen to view the Control Center.

2. Swipe to the bottom of the Control Center options until you see an icon with two theater masks.

3. Tap on the Theater Mode icon and confirm you want to activate it by tapping the orange Theater Mode button.

4. If you forget that Theater Mode is enabled, the theater mask icon will appear at the top of your watch home screen to remind you.

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  • USteele
    "For vegans who still appreciate the refined look of leather, the Etsy Minimalist and Zen Watch Strap may be just the ticket. Available in 38 mm or 42 mm, it's made of a tanned vegetable material… " Oh gosh, no! It's vegetable tanned leather, not "vegetable material." Not vegan. I think you might need an edit on this description.
  • Nunya2
    WAAAAAYYYY too many taps and defeats the whole purpose of the watch.

    Instead, rotate the Apple Watch up to activate it and use Siri and say:

    "Hey Siri. Send a text message to John Doe that says see how easy this is exclamation point you don't even have to touch the Apple Watch period cool comma huh question mark."

    Siri will launch the Message app, create a text to John Doe that reads "See how easy this is! You don't even have to touch the Apple Watch. Cool, huh?" The message will stay on the screen for about 30 seconds with the option to cancel. After that time, if you haven't canceled, the text message is sent.

    THAT'S the power of the Apple Watch!
  • angelsaysno
    THANK YOU this was very helpful!