Turn your iPhone into a smart display

How to customize StandBy mode in iOS 17.

StandBy is a standout genius feature of iOS 17.

It turns your idle iPhone into a customizable smart display while it’s charging.

It’s designed primarily for the bedroom, turning your iPhone into a bedside clock while you charge overnight. But it also can be used to make your iPhone into a digital photo frame, a music control center, a news ticker, or a bunch of other things.

Even better, you can customize StandBy mode for different locations around your house — it remembers your preferences in various rooms. So in the bedroom, it can act like a clock, but in the kitchen, it can serve as a HomePod music console.

There are tons of possibilities. Here’s how to get the most out of StandBy.

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