How to Turn Off Theater Mode on Apple Watch – A Step-by-Step Guide

Turning off Theater Mode on your Apple Watch is a breeze. Simply wake your watch, swipe up to access the Control Center, tap the Theater Mode button (it looks like two theater masks), and tap again to turn it off. In just a few taps, your watch will be back to its normal settings, ready to keep you connected and informed.

You can also check out this video about how to turn off theater mode on an Apple Watch for more on this topic.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Turn Off Theater Mode on Apple Watch

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to understand what we’re doing here. Theater Mode is a setting on your Apple Watch that keeps the screen dark and silent, so you don’t disturb others while you’re, say, at the movies. Turning it off will allow your watch to light up and make sounds again when you get notifications.

Step 1: Wake your Apple Watch

To wake your Apple Watch, simply raise your wrist or tap the screen. This is the first step to accessing the Control Center, where you’ll find the setting to turn off Theater Mode.

Waking your watch is as simple as looking at the time. It’s the natural first step because you need to see what you’re doing to change the settings, right?

Step 2: Swipe up to access the Control Center

Once your Apple Watch is awake, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. This will bring up the Control Center, which is where you’ll find various settings for your watch.

The Control Center is like the command center for your watch. It’s where you can quickly change settings without digging through menus.

Step 3: Tap the Theater Mode button

In the Control Center, look for the Theater Mode button – it’s the one with two theater masks. Give it a tap, and you’re halfway there.

The Theater Mode button is usually in the same place, so once you’ve found it the first time, you’ll know where to look in the future.

Step 4: Tap the Theater Mode button again to turn it off

After tapping the Theater Mode button once, you’ll see it’s highlighted. Tap it once more to turn the mode off. And that’s it! Your watch will exit Theater Mode.

When you tap the button the second time, you might feel a small vibration or see a confirmation on the screen saying that Theater Mode is off.

After you’ve completed these steps, your Apple Watch will exit Theater Mode. This means the screen will light up when you raise your wrist, and you’ll hear sounds for notifications again, just like before you turned on Theater Mode.

Tips for Turning Off Theater Mode on Apple Watch

  • If you’re in a dark place and don’t want your watch to light up immediately after exiting Theater Mode, cover the screen with your palm to keep it dark.
  • Remember, Theater Mode doesn’t turn off your watch – it just keeps the screen dark and silent. Your watch will still track your activity and receive notifications.
  • If your watch doesn’t respond when you tap the Theater Mode button, make sure your screen is clean and your fingers aren’t wet.
  • You can also use Siri to turn off Theater Mode by saying something like, “Hey Siri, turn off Theater Mode.”
  • Keep in mind that turning off Theater Mode doesn’t affect Do Not Disturb or Silent Mode, so you might need to adjust those settings separately.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Theater Mode do on Apple Watch?

Theater Mode keeps your watch’s screen dark and prevents it from making sounds, so you don’t disturb others around you in a theater or similar setting.

Can I still receive notifications with Theater Mode on?

Yes, your watch will still track notifications; they just won’t light up the screen or make noise.

Will turning off Theater Mode affect my battery life?

Returning to normal mode won’t significantly affect your battery life unless you have a lot of notifications that light up the screen or use sounds.

Can I schedule Theater Mode to turn on and off automatically?

As of watchOS 10, there’s no way to schedule Theater Mode; you have to turn it on and off manually.

What’s the difference between Theater Mode, Do Not Disturb, and Silent Mode?

Theater Mode keeps the screen dark and silent, Do Not Disturb prevents notifications from making sounds or tapping you, and Silent Mode only turns off sounds but still allows taps and the screen to light up.


  1. Wake your Apple Watch.
  2. Swipe up to open the Control Center.
  3. Tap the Theater Mode button.
  4. Tap the Theater Mode button again to turn it off.


Now that you know how to turn off Theater Mode on your Apple Watch, you’re all set to get back to the full functionality of your device when you’re not in the theater or another place where you need to keep your watch quiet and dark. It’s a simple process that can be done in just a few seconds, and it’s just as easy to turn Theater Mode back on when you need it again.

Remember, while Theater Mode is a useful feature for certain situations, it’s important not to forget to turn it off so you can take full advantage of what your Apple Watch has to offer. From tracking your fitness goals to keeping you connected with notifications, your Apple Watch is a powerful tool that’s there to make your life easier. So, go ahead and enjoy your watch to its fullest – just don’t forget to adjust the settings for the right time and place. And if you ever find yourself in a pickle, just remember the steps we discussed, and you’ll be good to go!

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