Auto Schedule & Bedtime Reminders

Update - iOS 15.5 Fix

(17 May 2022)

Apple have just released the update to iOS 15.5 and WatchOS 8.6 that will fix the complication issue.

Please be sure to reboot both devices after you update by following the below steps:

Power both devices off and back on again.

i.e. Shut down completely and restart.



Important - iOS 15.4 Issue

Apple has introduced a bug in iOS 15.4 that prevents an iOS app from knowing which complications are active.

Our support team have filed a Feedback report with Apple and personally contacted someone in the WatchOS team to make them aware of it. Until this bug gets fixed, it means that any Watch app that uses this function (like AutoWake) will be unable to work. AutoSleep and HeartWatch are unaffected.

Hopefully it will be fixed shortly. We have noted that the iOS 15.4.1 and 15.5 release did not contain the fix from Apple.

Auto Schedule

AutoWake is best used by manually enabling the alarm just before going to sleep. This gives a number of benefits such as telling AutoSleep that you have turned your lights off and want to track the time it takes you to fall asleep and also optionally running a HomeKit scene to do things like turning off lights and adjusting your heating.

However, there are many benefits to setting up a schedule. These include:

  • Automatically enabling your alarm if you forget to turn it on.

  • Not having to manually change the alarm time each day.

  • Getting a bedtime reminder.

Setting up your schedule

To set up your schedule:

  • Select the settings tab in the AutoWake iPhone app.

  • Select the Set Schedule option.


Master Switch

The master switch lets you disable all auto scheduled features. This is useful if you are on holiday.

Mute Speech

The customised speak options that provide confirmation of alarm activation and de-activation and phone charge reminder are very useful when manually enabling the alarm. However, when using automatic activation, you may not be particularly happy if your iPhone wakes you up when it automatically enables the alarm some time during the night.

Turning on Mute Speech will disable this speech. Note: This does not affect your safety voice or safety music, nor the optional snooze abuse.

Safety Check

If you choose to enable a bedtime reminder you can then also enable a safety check.

If enabled, the Watch app will check that the AutoWake complication is on your current Watch face, and also check that it can communicate with the iPhone app. If it finds any problems, it will send you a notification on the Watch.

You can set roughly how long after the bedtime reminder this will happen. Note: Keep in mind that if you have Do Not Disturb enabled on the Watch you will not receive the safety check notification.

Daily Schedule

There are three options that you can set for each day of the week.

Auto Alarm

If you wish to auto enable your alarm, select this option and choose the type of smart alarm that you would like to use. These will wake you in medium or light sleep either 15 or 30 minutes before your scheduled alarm time.

Alarm Time

If Auto Alarm is enabled, this is the time that the alarm will be automatically set. If not using Auto Alarm, the alarm time will be used as the default for the day's manual alarm.

Bedtime Reminder

This is the time that you will get a bedtime reminder notification. If you also have an Alarm Time set, the reminder will let know how long until you need to wake up.

If you use AutoSleep you will also be notified of your current 7 day average sleep time.

If you set the reminder time between 6PM/18:00 and 11:55PM/23:55 then the reminder will occur on the previous day.

The Watch App

The iPhone app will send your schedule settings to the Watch app either when you press the Send button in the top right corner, or, when you go back to the main settings menu.

When an auto scheduled safety alarm has been set up for current/next day, the large alarm on / off switch will have the word AUTO in its centre to indicate that it will automatically enable.

Otherwise, the switch functions as usual. You can manually activate the alarm as usual. You can also change the time or smart type for the manual activation. If you change the time and do not manually activate, then the auto scheduled alarm will still use your set schedule. This is useful if you want to have a daytime nap and be woken by your alarm.

If you turn the Digital Crown, you are able to view the next scheduled alarm and also optionally disable the auto scheduling.

Important Points

In order to provide smart alarm functionality the auto schedule feature requires that the AutoWake complication is on your active Watch face and that your iPhone can be contacted.

Limp Home Mode

If the complication is not on your Watch face or your iPhone cannot be contacted when auto schedule auto enables, it will retry a few times, and then go into "limp home" mode. This will still trigger the alarm on the Watch in standard (non smart) mode. Occasionally, it may sometimes be a few minutes outside of your set time (but within 10 minutes).