How to wake your Apple Watch

Apple Watch Sleep Wake 2

The hardware contained within the Apple Watch makes it possible for it to know when you’ve raised your wrist and when you’ve lowered your wrist. This, in turn, allows the Apple Watch to intelligently wake and go to sleep depending on your wrist orientation.

To wake your Apple Watch, just raise your wrist or tap on the display. When you lower your wrist, Apple Watch will detect it and automatically go to sleep. But it goes a littler deeper than that. Here are four ways to wake your Apple Watch, and three ways to put your Apple Watch to sleep.

How to wake your Apple Watch

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

How to put your Apple Watch to Sleep

  • Lower you wrist
  • Cover the screen with your palm
  • Wait for it to time out

You can also choose what you Apple Watch awakens to. By default, it will wake up to the watch face, but if you prefer, you can make it return to where you were before the watch went to sleep.

From your iPhone

Open the Apple Watch app → General → Activate on Wrist Raise and select the Resume Previous Activity option.

From your Apple Watch

Setting → General → Activate on Wrist Raise → (ensure Wrist Raise is enabled) → and select the Last Used App option.

For more Apple Watch tips, be sure to have a look at our full Apple Watch Guide.

Tell us, what do you like to see when you raise your wrist? The watch face, or the last app that you used? Sound off in the comment section with your opinions.