People are just realizing iPhone has ‘secret mode’ that you can only unlock by spinning it – you’ll use it every day

A CLEVER iPhone trick has been around for weeks – but you may have missed it.

Apple fans can unlock a hidden iPhone mode by simply turning the handset on its side.

Standby mode is unlocked by turning your iPhone on its side while charging


Standby mode is unlocked by turning your iPhone on its side while chargingPhoto credit: Apple
The screen turns red when night mode is active


The screen turns red when night mode is activePhoto credit: Apple

It’s called StandBy and is a new addition in the iOS 17 update that came out in mid-September.

The update introduced dozens of characteristics So it’s easy to have missed it.

All you have to do is plug in your iPhone and put it on its side to activate StandBy – unlocking its brilliant benefits.

“With StandBy, you can turn your iPhone into a bedside clock, a digital photo frame, a display for viewing widgets, a full-screen display of live activity, and more,” Apple has explained.

How to activate StandBy

First, make sure you have updated your device to iOS 17.

To check this, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Now connect your iPhone to a charger and place it on its side.

You can simply rest it against something or use a MagSafe stand to hang it on its side.

Then press the side button.

This should activate standby mode as long as the iPhone remains sideways.

You can swipe left or right to switch between views.

And if you swipe up or down, you’ll see different options for each view.

When you have night mode enabled, your screen will be displayed with a red tint, so you won’t be disturbed by a bright screen.

The idea is that you could put your iPhone into standby mode just before you go to bed every day – for example, charging it and doubling as a clock.

StandBy always displays information if you have an Always On iPhone model.

These include the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

For other iOS 17 devices, you must wake the device to view information.

Apple notes: “You can easily enter Standby mode at any time by tapping the screen, gently tapping the table your iPhone is on, or using Siri.”

If you don’t like StandBy and would rather not enable it, just go to Settings > StandBy and turn it off.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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