What's so special about Apple Watch Theater Mode

April 18, 2020

Going to a local cinema offers an opportunity for leisure. However, if you're wearing an Apple Watch you may find yourself spending half the time staring at its screen. Why? Every time you raise your wrist, you unknowingly end up waking the screen. Luckily, there’s an Apple Watch Theater mode that takes care of this involuntary behavior. Read on to find how to use this feature.

Theater Mode in Apple Watch

How to switch to Apple Watch Theater Mode?

By switching to Theater Mode, you can put the notifications sound on mute and disable waking the screen when raising your wrist. This way you can not only gift yourself the silence from unwanted distractions but also avoid creating a nuisance for others. Here are the steps to help you enable Apple Watch Theater Mode.

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  1. Wakeup the screen by raising your wrist.
  2. Enter the Passcode to unlock it.
  3. Swipe up from the bottom to go to the Control Center.
  4. look for the Theater Mode icon.
  5. Tap the icon to enable the feature.

What is Theater Mode on Apple Watch?

It is a special setting in watchOS that avoids noise and keeps the display dark even when you raise your wrist. However, you continue to receive haptic notifications.

How to turn on Theater Mode Apple Watch?

Apple Watch Screen Display
Apple Watch Screen Display

On your Apple Watch, make sure you’re on the Watch face.

Wake up the screen by raising your wrist and entering the passcode to unlock it.

Next, swipe up from the bottom to bring up Control Center.

Apple Watch Theater Mode Icon
Apple Watch Theater Mode Icon

Tap on the Theater Mode icon (looks like a theater icon, with the two masks).

Cinema Mode Active
Cinema Mode Active

The mode will be enabled.

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Theater Mode Live
Theater Mode Live

When the Theater Mode is enabled, its icon will become visible on the Watch’s display. Plus, your Apple Watch will go silent and its screen will become dark. Even if you raise your wrist, the action will not wake the display.

To wake your Apple Watch and disable the Theatre mode momentarily, you’ll need to tap the screen or press either the Digital Crown or the side button.

Theater mode not working in Apple Watch?

Wake Screen
Wake Screen

This issue can be easily fixed through the Watch App on iPhone. Head to the Settings, scroll down to General > select Wake Screen.

Wake on Wrist Raise
Wake on Wrist Raise

Thereafter, simply enable the toggle for 'Wake Screen on Wrist Raise'.

Does Theater Mode save battery on Apple Watch?

As mentioned earlier, it avoids noise and keeps the display dark even when you raise your wrist. So, it doesn’t use as much battery power. This means it helps in saving battery power to some extent.

Hope this helps!

For more information, you can visit Apple.com.

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