Apple Watch constantly waking up while charging.

watchOS and Apple Watch Apps

I have recently received an Apple Watch S4 as a college graduation present. While the watch does have its short comings and limitations I do generally like it. I do however have one annoyance with it. while charging, the screen will wake up constantly and announce the time. I'm usually at home when this happens so its not obnoxious to the people around me but it is driving me crazy. I'm not receiving notifications or anything like that. I thought it might have been trying to announce the battery percentage as it charged, but the screen activations seems to not coincide with the battery charge. Anyone experience the same?



Submitted by Dave Nason on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hi Kyle. I do have an issue that sounds like it may be the same as what you describe. For me, when the watch is on the charger, whether that be the one that came in the box, or the more solid charging stand I bought, it seems that even the slightest contact with my nightstand will wake the watch. So if I pick up something else that is on the table, or open a drawer, or practically if I breathe in its direction, it wakes up! Rather annoying.

Submitted by The Tiki Lab on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hey Guys,
It's nightstand mode which makes your wach a hyper-sensative little bugger.
If you disable nightstand mode in your settings this will stop. It's just meant to pop up the time whenever someone sighted wakes up and looks at it, hence the reason it's so sensative.


Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Yes. I agree. My is off. I can pickup the watch when still connected to the plug and does not talk.

Submitted by Dave Nason on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Great, thanks for that. I’ll switch that off so.

Submitted by Kerry Fielding on Friday, July 26, 2019

Thank goodness for that. I was wondering if that might be the issue. It's very annoying so mine is about to be turned off.

Thanks for that.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Friday, July 26, 2019

I find this interesting. I have nightstand mode activated but my lowly watch zero doesn't wake up unless I touch it. Admittedly, I have a very nice cabinet style nightstand that is quite heavy so this may have something to do with it. If someone has a lighter nightstand then the watch might be too sensitive to minimal bumps to the stand. But my use case, my watch doesn't say anything unless I touch it or pick it up.

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Sunday, November 3, 2019

In reply to by The Tiki Lab

Got an apple watch 4 as a birthday gift and the same thing happened to me. I tried turning off nightstand mode, but it still happened. It kept me awake and was driving me insane so I ended up just turning VO off to shut it up.

Submitted by AmySB on Sunday, November 10, 2019

I have night stand mode off (always have) and the watch wakes up at night and says something about the charge status, although I'm not completely sure because I'm only half awake. This only started with v. 6.1, I think. I have please do not disturb on my phone, and the watch is set to mirror the phone setting. If I take it off the charger, it doesn't wake up again. that has been my solution. but I'll try turning off VO overnight. Desparate after many nights of disturbed sleep...

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, November 11, 2019

I did that and it still will wake up every once in a while. I didn't do that last night though so dunno what the deal is.

Submitted by Beamter on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Where is this mode exactly located? I've problems finding it in german.
Thank you, Beamter

Submitted by Kerby on Thursday, March 5, 2020

I have nightstand mode off but when I put it on charge it does still say nightstand even though I have it off. I wonder if you have to go turn it off again in settings while it's charging.

My watch is charging and I just touch and move it and did not hear you know talking. Series 5 current OS and I did turn off always on display because I am blind and do not need it. Although Bella the cat does not like that.

Submitted by Jason SW on Thursday, March 5, 2020

When I upgraded from my old First generation watch to a Series 4, I started having this issue, but turning off nightstand mode solved it for me. My watch works great now. I'm not sure why it would keep happening with nightstand mode turned off.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Friday, March 6, 2020

Perhaps this may be the issue but uncertain. I haven't ever experienced this issue.

Submitted by Olivia22 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

I have been using an apple watch 2mm. I even don't have any issues yet. Going well so far.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

I find this issue with a 3rd party charger I use. I know it is a custom type of ki charging on the Apple Watch which means we can't just use it on a ki charging mat. I wonder if the same thing is going on if you are using an unofficial or licensed puck?... For the sighted it probably wouldn't matter but it sends me loopy with the voice coming on every twenty minutes or so.