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 or boost it temporarily.

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

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.

From your phone

  1. On your phone, open the Wear OS by Google app Wear OS by Google.
  2. Tap Settings Settings.
  3. Turn Always-on screen on or off.

From your watch

Wear OS by Google:

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings Settings and then Display.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, turn Always-on screen on or off.

All other watches:

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Swipe left and tap Settings Settings.
  4. Turn Always-on screen 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.
    • Wear OS by Google: Tap Theater mode Theater Mode.
    • All other watches: Swipe left and tap Theater mode Theater 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.
    • Wear OS by Google: Tap Settings Settings and then Display.
    • All other watches: Swipe left and tap Settings Settings.
  3. Tap Adjust brightness.
  4. Tap to choose how bright your screen is.

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