How and when to use Apple Watch Theater Mode

Apple Watch Theater Mode

With the release of watchOS 3.2 came a handy new feature for Apple Watch wearers called Theater Mode.

Let’s take a look at what exactly Apple Watch Theater Mode does, how you can enable it, and when you might want to use it.

What is Apple Watch Theater Mode?

Theater 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, this will be disabled when in Theater Mode.

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

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

How do you enable Apple Watch Theater Mode?

Turning on Theater Mode couldn’t be easier. Just follow these steps.

1) On your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom to open the Control Center.

2) Tap the Theater Mode button which displays as two theater masks. Note: If it’s the first time you are using Theater 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.

Turn On Apple Watch Theater Mode

3) When you enable Theater Mode, you will also notice your Silent Mode button turn red and now the Theater Mode button turns orange. In addition, when Theater Mode is enabled, you will see the icon at the top of your Apple Watch face.

Apple Watch Theater Mode Enabled

To turn off Theater Mode, 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 Theater Mode?

Obviously with its name, the intent is to put your Apple Watch into Theater 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 doesn’t mean the feature is only for theater goers.

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

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

Wrapping it up

Apple Watch Theater Mode is truly a convenient feature that’s super easy to enable. Do you use Theater Mode and find it useful?

Be sure to take a look at more of our Apple Watch tips while you’re here!