Apple Watch's fantastic nightstand mode

Turn your wearable into a mini alarm clock.

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The other day my iPhone was in StandBy mode as it charged on my bedside charger.

My mom said: “Is that a new gadget by your bed?”

Confused, I asked her what she was referring to.

“What’s that iPhone-looking alarm clock gadget you’ve got by your bed?” she replied.

The penny dropped. Even though my mom’s used an iPhone for years, she was unaware of StandBy mode, which transforms your iPhone into a bedside clock/smart display if you angle it horizontally while it charges.

Likewise, my mom also has an Apple Watch — and had no idea that it, too, can be transformed into a bedside alarm clock, this time via nightstand mode.

It turns your Apple Watch into a really nice mini alarm clock. If you’ve not tried it yourself, here’s how to use it.

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