iOS 17 StandBy mode usage on iPhone | ENBLE

iOS 17 StandBy mode usage on iPhone | ENBLE

Apple’s iOS 17 StandBy Mode: Turning Your iPhone into a Smart Display

Apple’s recently released iOS 17 may not have the flashy features of previous updates, but it certainly brings some exciting enhancements to the table. One of the standout new features is StandBy mode, which allows you to transform your iPhone into a smart display while it charges. This new lock screen experience provides a variety of customizable widgets that allow you to conveniently access information at a glance, even from across the room. Let’s take a closer look at StandBy mode and how you can make the most of it.

A Closer Look at StandBy Mode

The standout feature of iOS 17 is undoubtedly StandBy mode. With StandBy, your iPhone becomes a smart display, presenting you with a wealth of information and functions on the lock screen. From photos and clocks to weather updates and customizable widgets, the possibilities are virtually endless. Even Siri responses, music playback controls, and incoming notifications appear in a user-friendly full-screen view.

StandBy mode takes full advantage of the always-on display available on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. It can even dim to a soothing red tone at night, making it an ideal replacement for an alarm clock or a stand-alone smart display like Amazon’s Echo Show 5.

Enabling StandBy Mode

Enabling StandBy mode is a breeze. As soon as you update to iOS 17, StandBy will be enabled by default. You can confirm this by heading to the Settings app and finding the toggle switch for StandBy under the StandBy section.

However, there are a few conditions your iPhone must meet for StandBy mode to activate. Your iPhone must be in landscape orientation, locked, charging, and not lying flat on its back. StandBy mode will not engage if your iPhone is at the home screen; it must be at the lock screen to activate.

To ensure StandBy mode works properly, your iPhone must be connected to a power source. While a MagSafe charging stand is ideal, any power source will suffice, including standard Qi chargers or an ENBLE Lightning cable. Just make sure you have a way to prop up your iPhone at an angle of at least 30 degrees from horizontal for StandBy mode to engage.

Customizing StandBy Settings

While StandBy mode is designed to work effortlessly, there are some settings you can adjust to tailor it to your preferences. Here’s how you can customize your StandBy settings:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and select StandBy.
  3. Ensure StandBy mode is enabled to access the additional settings.

If you’re using an iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, or a newer model with an always-on display, you’ll find an option to toggle the Always On feature. When disabled, the screen will turn off after 30 seconds in StandBy mode. It will reactivate if you tap the screen or if the iPhone’s accelerometer detects movement.

Night Mode is another feature you can adjust within StandBy settings. When enabled, the StandBy screen adopts a dimmed red tint in darker rooms or at night to prevent harsh lighting. Night Mode engages whenever the ambient lighting around your iPhone is low, regardless of the time of day. You also have the option to toggle Motion To Wake off if you prefer to keep the screen dark at night, even when motion is detected.

If you choose to show notifications in StandBy mode, you can toggle the Show Notifications setting. However, this won’t silence critical notifications that are designed to break through all Do Not Disturb modes and always play a sound, even when your iPhone is muted. These alerts are reserved for important situations, such as smoke and security alarms or severe weather emergencies.

For additional privacy, you can opt to show notification previews on tap only. This means you’ll need to tap the screen to view the details of incoming notifications in StandBy mode. Alternatively, you can follow your main notification settings, meaning previews will only be shown if you’re looking at your iPhone for Face ID authentication.

Exploring StandBy Screens

iOS 17 provides three StandBy screen categories that you can customize based on the information you want to display. You can switch between these screens by swiping left or right while StandBy mode is active.

The first screen offers a customizable two-pane widget view. By default, it displays a clock on one side and a calendar on the other, but you can personalize it with a range of other widgets. Swipe up and down to cycle through these widgets.

Swiping right to left takes you to the second StandBy screen, which serves as a digital picture frame. It automatically cycles through a selection of images from your photo library. You can customize and switch between multiple photo collections on this screen.

The final StandBy screen consists of a variety of pre-defined clocks that resemble Apple Watch faces. While customization options are limited, you can modify the color palettes to your liking.

Adding and Removing StandBy Widgets

The left-most StandBy screen may appear as just a clock at first glance, but it’s actually the most versatile of the bunch. You can customize it with various widgets, including clocks, weather updates, home controls, photos, and reminders. Although the current selection is limited to Apple’s first-party apps, third-party developers are already working on creating their own StandBy widgets.

StandBy also supports interactive widgets in iOS 17, allowing you to perform actions such as checking off items in the Reminders widget, toggling home devices in the Home widget, or playing your favorite playlists from the Music widget. You can stack multiple widgets, swipe up and down to switch between them manually, or use the Smart Rotate feature to allow your iPhone to select which ones should be shown based on the time of day and other conditions.

Here’s how you can customize your StandBy widgets:

  1. Make sure your iPhone is in StandBy mode and displaying the widget screen.
  2. Press and hold on the side of the screen where you want to add a new widget to open the widget editing view.
  3. Swipe up or down to view the existing widgets in the stack.
  4. To remove a widget from the stack, select the minus button in the top-left corner of the widget and confirm its removal.
  5. To add a widget, select the plus button in the top-left corner of the screen. You can choose from suggested widgets or scroll through a list of apps with supported widgets. You can also use the search field to find a specific widget.
  6. Select a widget to see a preview, and then choose the “Add Widget” button to include it in the stack.
  7. You can also enable Smart Rotate or Widget Suggestions for automatic widget selection based on your usage patterns.
  8. Once you’ve finished customizing your widget stack, select Done in the top-right corner to return to the StandBy screen. Repeat the steps above to customize the other side of the widget screen.

Customizing Your StandBy Photo Display

The second StandBy screen is designed to showcase a selection of pictures from your photo library. By default, it displays preset collections such as Featured, Nature, Pets, Cities, and People. You can swipe up and down to switch between these collections, hide ones you don’t want to see, or add custom albums.

Here’s how you can customize your StandBy photo display:

  1. Ensure your iPhone is in StandBy mode and displaying the photo screen.
  2. Press and hold anywhere on the screen to enter editing mode.
  3. Swipe up or down to select a photo collection.
  4. To hide a preset collection, select the eye button in the top-left corner. Repeat the process to unhide the collection.
  5. To add a custom album from your photo library, select the plus button in the top-left corner and choose the desired album.
  6. To remove a custom album you’ve added, select the minus button in the top-left corner of the photo.
  7. You can also customize your People album by selecting the silhouette button in the bottom-right corner. Choose the faces you want to include, indicated by a blue checkmark.
  8. When you’re done customizing, select Done in the top-right corner to return to the main StandBy photo screen.

Personalizing StandBy Clock Screens

The third set of StandBy screens provides fixed clocks with unique displays. These screens include Digital, Analog, World, Solar, and Float clocks. While customization options are limited, you can change the color accents for some of these clocks.

Here’s how you can customize the StandBy clock screens:

  1. Swipe right to left once or twice while in StandBy mode to reach the clocks screen.
  2. Press and hold anywhere on the screen to enter editing mode.
  3. Swipe up or down to navigate through the clock screens.
  4. Select the white circular button in the bottom-right corner of the clock you want to customize.
  5. Choose from the available color options and see a preview of the changes.
  6. Once you find a color scheme you like, select the X button to close the color picker.
  7. Select Done in the top-right corner to return to the clock screen.

With iOS 17’s StandBy mode, Apple has introduced a seamless and intuitive way to turn your iPhone into a smart display. From customizable widgets to photo galleries and unique clock screens, StandBy mode offers a wealth of options that can enhance your iPhone experience. Whether you use it to glance at information or brighten up your bedside table, StandBy mode is a welcome addition to iOS 17’s lineup of features.