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Change screen & brightness settings

You can set your watch's screen to:

  • Stay on all the time, showing the time even when you're not using the watch.
  • Turn off when you're not using or looking at the watch.
  • Stay off completely when you're in a place like a movie theater.

You can also adjust the screen's brightness, boost it temporarily, and show or hide card previews.

Keep screen on or let it turn off

You can set the display to show the time or turn off when you're not using the watch. If the screen is off, it will turn on when you turn your wrist or tap it.

Tip: To improve battery life, let your screen turn off when you're not using the watch.

To change these settings:

From your phone or tablet

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app Android Wear.
  2. Tap SettingsSettings.
  3. Turn "Always-on screen" on or off.

From your watch

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
    • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Tap SettingsSettings.
    • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Swipe left and tap Settings Settings.
  3. Tap Display.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap "Always-on screen" to turn on or off.
Turn display off temporarily

You can turn off your watch’s screen temporarily (or put it in Theater mode), so it doesn’t light up or show notifications, even if you move your wrist or tap the screen.

To turn off your screen temporarily:

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Tap Theater mode .
  • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Swipe left and tap Settings Settings and thenTheater mode.

To turn your screen back on:

  • If your watch has a power button, press it once.
  • If your watch doesn't have a power button, tap the screen repeatedly until it wakes up.
Change display brightness
  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
    • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Tap Settings Settings and thenDisplay.
    • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Swipe left and tap SettingsSettings.
  3. Tap Adjust brightness.
  4. Tap to choose how bright your screen is.
Boost brightness temporarily

On some watches, you can turn up the brightness temporarily to see the screen better in a sunny spot. The extra brightness will last for a few seconds and turn off automatically.

If your watch has a power button: Press it three times quickly.

If your watch doesn’t have a power button:

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Swipe from right to left until you see Sunlight mode.
  4. Tap to turn on.
Turn off card previews

You might see card previews at the bottom of your watch’s screen throughout the day. To hide a card preview, swipe down on the card.

Note: Some versions of Android Wear will show a dot at the bottom of your screen when you have a notification.

To turn off card previews:

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app Android Wear.
  2. Tap Settings Settings.
  3. Turn "Card previews" on or off.

Andrea is an Android expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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