How to use iPhone StandBy mode

StandBy is one of the biggest additions to iOS 17, making your iPhone useful when docked.

By Abigail Shilets - Staff Writer
2 Min Read
  • StandBy mode is a useful feature on the iPhone that displays information on your nightstand while the device is charging.
  • StandBy mode is automatically enabled when your iPhone is plugged to power and in a landscape orientation.
  • You can customize StandBy mode by switching between different modes, adding or removing widgets and choosing clock styles,. You can also disable StandBy mode in the settings.

One of the more intriguing features of iOS 17, StandBy is a new mode that turns your iPhone into a bedside clock. Here’s everything you need to know to get started using the feature.

What is StandBy

StandBy is a Lock Screen mode in iOS 17 that activates when an ‌iPhone‌ is charging and positioned on its side. StandBy offers fast access to different screens of glanceable information that can be viewed at a distance, when your device is charging on a kitchen, desk, or nightstand, for example. If you charge your ‌iPhone‌ at night, StandBy adapts to low light and takes on a red tone.

How to activate standby on iPhone

StandBy is enabled by default, and activates in a few seconds when you lock your iPhone, charge it, and put it in landscape mode. Be sure that orientation lock is disabled in Control Center.

Customize StandBy Widgets and Settings

StandBy displays two widgets at once: one on the left and one on the right, which you can switch between by flicking up and down on their respective side of the screen.

Your widget options on the left:

  • Circular analog clock

  • Date

  • Stocks and news

  • Square analog clock

On the right, you have:

  • Month calendar

  • Weather

  • Daily agenda

  • Reminders

To open a widget’s respective app, tap the widget and then the arrow.

See also: How to use Interactive Home Screen Widgets on iPhone

How to Disable StandBy on iPhone

If you don’t like StandBy mode you can disable it entirely. Head to Settings > StandBy and disable “StandBy” from the list of options.

You can also toggle “Night Mode” off to stop StandBy from using a dim red glow, disable notifications, and choose to hide notification previews until you tap on them.

If StandBy is not working

You need to connect your iPhone to power for StandBy to work. You can’t merely turn your phone sideways in a stand and expect StandBy to enable. You can use any charger, whether connecting with a USB-C cable, a MagSafe charging stand, or a Lightning cable on older iPhones.

Also, you need an iPhone that has an always-on display for StandBy to work. Currently that means only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro can use StandBy; other models will launch it, but then turn the screen off after a few moments.

Be sure that orientation lock is disabled in Control Center. Here’s how:

  • Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to open Control Center.

  • Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock button. to make sure that it’s off.

  • Turn your iPhone sideways.

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By Abigail Shilets Staff Writer
Abigail is a staff writer for GeeksChalk based in Pennsylvania. She covers news, how-tos, and user guides for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Before becoming a writer Abigail studied computer science at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. When not creating masterpiece for GeeksChalk, you can usually find Abigail hiking, climbing, or otherwise unplugged.
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