How to Use Standby Mode on iPhone [iOS 17]

Standby Mode on iOS 17: A Complete Guide!

iOS 17 is finally here and introduces a slew of useful features for the iPhone. One notable addition is Standby Mode. In this guide, I will cover everything related to the useful feature, Standby Mode, including how to use it, how to customize Standby Mode, and more.

Standby Mode is a new lock screen mode that activates automatically when you put your iPhone to charging and rotate your iPhone to landscape. It offers several glanceable screens, including bedside clock, view photos, control music, analog clocks, digital clocks with date and alarm, and more.

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For those who charge their phones at night, Standby Mode will automatically adapt to the low light and turn the clock color to Red. The feature is available for all iPhones running on iOS 17 and is even more useful on the iPhone 14 Pro series and iPhone 15 Pro series, thanks to the always-on display.

How to Activate and Use Standby Mode in iOS 17

Standby Mode is enabled by default on iPhones running on iOS 17. You can put your iPhone on a stationary in landscape mode and connect to a charger, you can plug in the cable, MagSafe, or any Qi-wireless charger. In case the feature isn’t enabled by default on your iPhone, you can follow these steps and turn it on.

There are three modes in the Standby, Clock, Photo View, and Clock with Widgets. You can easily switch between these modes by swiping right or left.

How to activate Standby Mode on iPhone
  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Find Standby and tap on it.
  3. Now turn the toggle on for Standby mode.
  4. That’s it.

Now when you connect your iPhone to a charger and put it in landscape mode it will automatically activate the Standby Mode. However, one thing to keep in mind is, to make sure your iPhone is positioned in an elevation/tilt position or an angle, it will not work if your iPhone is on a flat surface.

When you do it for the first time, you will see the welcome screen on your iPhone, simply tap Continue when prompted. Once done, it will jump right into the Standby Mode, now you can change the clock styles, see photos, control music, or more.

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Customize Standby Mode on iPhone with iOS 17

Like the initial Standby Mode setup on your iPhone? You can further enhance the visual experience by customizing clock styles, widgets, photo view, and more. Follow the below steps to customize the Standby Mode glanceable screens.

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How to Customize Clock Styles in Standby Mode on iPhone

By default, Standby Mode offers five clock styles, Digital, Analog, World, Solar, and Float. And the best thing is you can customize all different modes as per your preferences. The customization capabilities are limited to World Clock and Analog Clock styles. Follow these steps to customize these styles.

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  • Activate the Standby Mode by putting your iPhone on a charger.
  • Tap and hold the clock style which you want to customize. It will ask you to unlock your iPhone using Face ID or passcode to customize it, simply unlock your device.
  • Now you will see a new white circle icon at the right corner of the screen, tap on it.
  • Select the color from the color palette for the corresponding clock style.
  • That’s it.

How to Customize Photo Screen in Standby Mode

Photo View, as the name implies, this mode will let you see the Featured album, Cities, People, and other albums from the Photos app. You can even create a separate album for Standby Mode if you wish. It can be done easily, all you need to do is, follow the below steps.

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  • With the Standby Mode activated, switch to the Photo View style by swiping left or right.
  • Tap and hold for a second to see customization options.
  • Now select the + icon at the top left corner, select the album, or create a new album which you want to display in the Standby Mode’s Photo View style.
  • That’s it.

Note: You can even hide different albums by tapping the little eye icon at the left corner of each album in the Photo View styles.

Customize Clock with Widgets :

Widgets Standby Mode looks great, it lets you control your smart home devices, keep an eye on upcoming events in the Calendar, and more. And you can customize it according to your needs easily. Follow these steps to customize the widgets.

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  • With the Standby Mode activated, go to the Widgets style.
  • Simply swipe up or down to switch the widgets, you can do it for both the right or left widgets.
  • By default, these widgets have Smart Rotate on, which means automatically, you can turn the option off easily. Tap and hold on to the widget, then turn off the Smart Rotate option from the side.
  • Select the + icon to add new widgets.
  • That’s it.

How to Turn off Standby Mode on iPhone

Standby Mode is a pretty useful feature, but if you want to turn it off. You can do it easily inside the settings, or you can follow these steps.

How to disable Standby Mode on iPhone
  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Select Standby.
  3. Turn the toggle off for Standby Mode.
  4. That’s it.

How to Disable Red Tint in Standby Mode on iOS 17

In a dark or low-light environment, Standby Mode automatically changes the clock color to bright red, which some people find cool, while others may not like it. It’s all about personal preferences. If you don’t like the red Standby Mode clock, you can disable it by following these steps.

How to disable night mode in Standby Mode on iPhone
  1. Open Settings on your iPhone running on iOS 17.
  2. Find Standby Mode and tap on it.
  3. Now turn the toggle off for Night Mode.
  4. That’s it.

How to Disable Notifications in Standby Mode on iOS 17

Standby Mode displays critical notifications and alerts when enabled, you can turn it off anytime you want for better privacy. You can follow these steps to quickly disable notifications in Standby Mode.

How to disable notifications in Standby Mode on iPhone
  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Select Standby.
  3. Turn the toggle off for Show Notifications.
  4. That’s it.

Live activities will appear in a similar format, you will see the live game scores in full screen with Standby Mode activated.

How to Make Standby Mode Stay When Connected to a Charger

If you want Standby Mode to remain active, keep a few things in your mind. First, make sure to turn off the battery saver and low power mode on your iPhone.

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Another thing to keep in mind is, Standby remains active functionality is limited to iPhones with Always On Display, which means the functionality is limited to the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max.

On other iPhone models, Standby Mode will disappear after a few seconds. To see the glanceable screen again, simply tap the screen once.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which iPhone supports Standby Mode?

Standby Mode is available for all iPhones running on iOS 17. The Always-on functionality is limited to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro series devices.

Will Standby Mode remain active all time?

Standby Mode Always-On feature is limited to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro models. Another thing to keep in mind, if make sure to turn off the battery saver mode to stay standby mode.

What Charging Dock support Standby Mode on iPhone?

All MagSafe-certified chargers and Qi-Wireless chargers support Standby mode. You can even use a wired lightning cable.

Will Standby Mode Work without MagSafe or Wireless Chargers?

Yes, you can connect a lightning cable or the new USB C cable and put your iPhone in an elevated angle (landscape mode) to activate the Standby mode.

How do I change the clock color in Standby Mode on iOS 17?

Standby Mode comes with a number of customization options that you can use to customize color clock, widgets, and albums in photo view. Steps are mentioned in the above section.

If you still have any queries related to Standby Mode, leave a comment in the comment section. Also, share this article with your friends.

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