How to Keep iOS 17 Standby Always On (Fix StandBy Turn Off Issue)

What to know

  • You can make StandBy always on an iPhone 14 Pro or 15 Pro handset by turning on the Always On feature under Settings > StandBy > Always On.
  • On iPhones without Always-On display, StandBy can be enabled indefinitely by using a Shortcut with the power of automation.
  • Use the step-by-step instructions below to help you use the shortcut to enable StandBy indefinitely on your iPhone.
  • We also cover the fixes for other issues and settings that may be causing StandBy to turn off, thus helping you keep it always on.

StandBy is one of the most popular new features since the release of iOS 17. It allows you to easily view information on your iPhone thanks to enlarged widgets, a dedicated photo screen, as a clock screen. You can then switch between widgets to view all kinds of information, your featured photos, and the time using your preferred clock.

StandBy is activated when your iPhone is charging, idle, and placed in landscape mode. However, it is designed to turn off in case you haven’t used your phone for a while or aren’t paying attention. But many users want StandBy turned on indefinitely. If you’re in the same boat, then we have the perfect post for you. Here’s how you can keep StandBy always turned on on your iPhone.

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iOS 17 StandBy Turn Off issue: How to keep the StandBy always on in 9 ways

Here are all the ways you can keep StandBy enabled indefinitely on your iPhone. Follow the methods below to help you along with the process. 

Method 1: Make sure Always On is enabled on your phone (iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro only)

If you have an iPhone 14 pro or higher, then the best way to ensure StandBy is always enabled on your iPhone is by enabling Always On for StandBy. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process.

Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on StandBy.

Now tap and turn on the toggle for Always On.

Once enabled, you can plug your phone into the wall and leave it in landscape mode for a while. Once you enter StandBy, it won’t be disabled till you decide to pick up your phone.

Method 2: Use a Shortcut to keep StandBy always on

If you don’t have an iPhone 14 Pro or higher, then don’t worry, you can still use a Shortcut to keep StandBy enabled on your iPhone indefinitely. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process.

Visit this link from your iPhone, and you will be taken to the dedicated page for the shortcut we wish to use in the Shortcuts app. Tap on Add Shortcut at the bottom of your screen.

The Shortcut will now be added to your app. Tap on the 3-dot (More) icon for the same.

Tap on 100 times beside Repeat. Tap and hold on the icon. This shortcut relies on repeating the cycle where StandBy checks for your attention. Thus, we need to increase this number to something along the lines of 500 or more so the cycle continues while StandBy is active on your iPhone.

Now scroll down and ensure the time beside Wait is 20 seconds. This is because the cycle occurs every 20 seconds, so setting this value to 20 seconds will let the cycle run continuously. If you increase this duration to, say, something like 25 seconds, then the cycle will stop after 20 seconds and then begin again after 5 seconds. 

When you are done, tap on Done in the top right corner of your screen.

Now tap the shortcut to run it on your iPhone.

You will now be prompted to allow the shortcut to display notifications. Tap on Allow.

The shortcut will now be running on your iPhone. You can now plug your phone into the wall and place it in landscape mode. Once you enter StandBy on your iPhone, it will be visible indefinitely. Every time the cycle refreshes, you will see your StandBy screen slightly blink. If you ever wish to terminate the shortcut, simply turn up your brightness to full. This will terminate the shortcut.

And that’s how you can get the StandBy screen always active on your iPhone.

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Method 3: Disable Motion to Wake (iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro only)

Motion to wake is a feature for StandBy that will wake the display as soon as motion is detected. This helps dismiss StandBy when you pick up your iPhone and unplug it from the wall. However, this feature is known to be finicky and can be activated with the slightest of movement. This can sometimes include your phone vibrating due to incoming notifications, random movements, and more.

If, despite using both of the tricks mentioned above, you still find StandBy getting disabled on your iPhone, then we recommend you disable Motion to Wake on your iPhone. You can do so by heading to Settings > StandBy > Night Mode > Motion to Wake

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Method 4: Turn off Low Power Mode

If Low Power Mode is enabled, then StandBy won’t be triggered on your iPhone. Thus, if you find StandBy deactivating on your iPhone after a few minutes, then we recommend you check Low Power Mode and disable it if it is enabled on your iPhone. You can disable Low Power Mode using the Control Center. Swipe down from the top right corner of your screen and then tap the Low Power Mode module to disable it on your iPhone.

If the module is missing from your Control Center, then you can disable Low Power Mode by heading to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.

Method 5: Disable Sleep Focus

Sleep Focus is another factor that is known to interfere with StandBy on iPhones. If you have Sleep Focus enabled or scheduled on your device, then it is the reason why StandBy won’t stay active on your iPhone. If that happens to be the case, then you can schedule DND on your iPhone with similar settings. DND does not interfere with StandBy, which should keep StandBy active on your iPhone. To delete the Sleep Focus, head to Settings > Focus > Sleep > Delete Focus > Delete Focus.

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Method 6: Turn off Schedule for Sleep Focus in the Health app

As mentioned in the section above, Sleep Focus is known to interfere with StandBy. Apart from the Focus section, Sleep Focus is also scheduled in the Health app. If you use the Health app and have a Sleep Focus scheduled based on your routine, then it can also interfere with StandBy. We recommend you check and disable the same if it is enabled in the Health app. Head to the Health app > Browse > Sleep > Tap on Schedule & Options > turn off Sleep Schedule.

Method 7: Ensure your iPhone is not lying flat on a surface

Now, if you’re still facing issues keeping StandBy active on your iPhone, then it might be that you aren’t placing the iPhone tilted in landscape mode. Although your iPhone might be in landscape mode if it is lying flat on a surface, whether face down or face up, StandBy won’t activate on your iPhone. So we recommend you keep your iPhone tilted in landscape mode to get StandBy working on your iPhone.

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Method 8: Ensure your charger is working correctly

A faulty charger can also cause issues with StandBy on your iPhone. iPhone chargers are known to be finicky over a period of time. If your charger disconnects randomly due to damage or its age, then it is likely why StandBy won’t remain active on your iPhone. We thus recommend you try using a new or different charger and see if that fixes the issue for you. If StandBy was facing issues due to a faulty charger, then a new charger should help fix this issue.

Method 9: Ensure landscape mode is working correctly

Landscape mode can also face issues randomly on iPhones, especially if you’re running beta versions of iOS. You can check if landscape mode is working correctly on your iPhone by turning off the rotation lock on your iPhone from the Control Center. Once the rotation lock is disabled, head to the Photos app or another compatible app and try viewing the content in landscape mode. In most cases, photos will fail to comply with landscape mode if landscape mode is bugged on your iPhone.

If that happens to be the case, then restarting your iPhone will fix this issue. To restart your iPhone, press and release the Volume Up button followed by the Volume Down button. Once done, press and hold the Power button on your iPhone. Use the slider to turn off your iPhone once it appears on your screen. Then, press and hold the Power button again to turn on the iPhone. Once your iPhone restarts, landscape mode should be enabled, and StandBy should no longer face issues on your iPhone.

We hope this post helped you keep Standby enabled on your iPhone indefinitely. If you face any issues or have any more questions, feel free to reach out to us using the comments section below.


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  1. Having the same problem…

    “Visit this link from your iPhone, and you will be taken to the dedicated page for the shortcut we wish to use in the Shortcuts app. Tap on Add Shortcut at the bottom of your screen.”

    I don’t see any links available here.

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