How to enable and use StandBy mode in iOS 17 on iPhone

Finally available, iOS 17 adds a number of intriguing new features. The ability to utilise your iPhone as a smart display or nightstand with the new StandBy feature is one of them, and it has everyone’s attention.

Although this feature sounds fantastic, many customers are unsure of how to utilise it on their iPhones and how it actually works. You’re in the right place if you have the same inquiries. I’ve developed a thorough tutorial on how to activate and utilise StandBy mode in iOS 17 down below.

What is StandBy mode in iOS 17?

With the new StandBy mode feature in iOS 17, your iPhone becomes an always-on smart display. The time, weather, calendar, photographs, music, and other relevant information will be displayed when your iPhone is in StandBy mode.

Among other features, StandBy mode allows you to control HomeKit-enabled devices, use Siri with rich, distantly viewable results, and receive real-time updates from your favourite apps with Live Activities.

In iOS 17, StandBy mode is activated by default. It may be accessed by connecting your iPhone to power and setting it up in landscape mode at an incline. Here’s how to activate and utilise it on your iPhone if you mistakenly turned it off.

How to turn on and use StandBy mode in iOS 17

  1. Open the Settings app → Tap StandBy on your iPhone.
  2. Toggle on StandBy.
    • In the same interface, you can also enable Night Mode to get red text in low-lighting conditions to minimize eye strain.
    • However, to enable Night Mode on iPhone 14 Pro or later, you need to tap Night Mode → toggle on Night Mode.

      enable and use StandBy mode in iOS 17
  3. Connect your iPhone to power via MagSafe or Lightning cable.
  4. Place your iPhone in landscape orientation on a stationary surface.

Note: As of publishing this article, you can test this feature only after enabling the iOS 17 developer beta.

How to customize StandBy mode interface on iPhone

Swipe horizontally to switch between widget, gallery, and clock views while in StandBy mode. But that’s not all; you can also alter the interface to your taste by selecting from a variety of watch faces, widgets, and gallery images.

Here’s how you can do this on your iPhone. But first, make sure your Lock Screen is unlocked.

  1. In widget view, tap and hold any widget if you want to add a new one or reorganize them in Smart Stacks.
    • Tap the minus icon on the top left corner of a widget to remove it.
    • Or tap the plus icon on the top left corner of the screen to choose and add a new widget.
    • Tap Done in the top right corner to confirm your changes.

      customize StandBy mode interface
  2. Swipe left to enter the gallery view. Now, tap and hold anywhere on the screen to open a menu and choose photos that can appear in StandBy mode.
    • Now tap the plus icon to add photos. Later, you can tap the minus icon to remove them.

      Open Gallery view and edit photos
  3. Lastly, in clock view, tap and hold anywhere on the screen to open a menu and cycle between clock styles.

Additional Standby features for iPhone 14 Pro or later

When compared to other models, iPhone 14 Pro and later get two additional options in Standby mode: Always On and Motion To Wake.

  • To enable Always On, go to Settings → StandBy → Toggle on StandBy and Always on.

    Tap standby, enable stand by and toggle on always on in settings
  • You can go to Standby → Night Mode → Toggle on Night Mode and Motion To Wake. Enabling these will wake the iPhone display as soon as it detects movement at night.

    Tap stand by, toggle on stand by, tap night mode, toggle on night mode and motion to wake in settings


How to access the music player in StandBy mode?

You can access the music player in StandBy mode while background music is playing by tapping the “..” icon in the upper centre or the waveform on the Music widget.

Which iPhone models support StandBy mode?

All iPhone devices that support iOS 17 have StandBy mode. However, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are the only devices that support always-on StandBy mode. You can tap the screen to enter StandBy on an older iPhone.

Wrapping up…

You should be able to use StandBy mode on your iPhone to stay up to date with the newest information, even while you’re not actively using it, by carefully following the instructions provided in this article. Please provide your feedback in the section below if you thought this information was helpful.


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