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iOS 17 StandBy Mode: Maximizing Efficiency of Your iPhone

iOS 17 StandBy Mode: Maximizing Efficiency of Your iPhone

For iPhone users, managing your iPhone's battery life and functionality is crucial. iOS 17 introduces an enhanced StandBy Mode, designed to optimize your device's performance while conserving energy.

Whether you're new to iOS or a seasoned user, our guide will walk you through every step of activating StandBy Mode, from the basics of turning it on to advanced customization options. We'll also delve into effective charging strategies to ensure your iPhone stays powered up efficiently. Moreover, we'll explore the best charging solutions tailored for StandBy Mode, helping you maintain your device's longevity. 

What Is StandBy Mode?

StandBy Mode, introduced in iOS 17, elevates your iPhone into a smart display during charging, resembling a mini nightstand clock or an informative hub for your desk. You can simply activate it by connecting your iPhone to any charger (MagSafe, wireless, or wired) and placing it horizontally. It will transform the lock screen into a sleek interface with various customizable screens. The iPhone StandBy mode offers glanceable information, including a default clock screen displaying time, date, and battery level. Widgets screens provide quick updates on weather, calendar, music, and more.

For iPhone 14 Pro and 15 Pro models with an always-on display, iOS 17 StandBy mode remains continuously active during charging. On other iPhones, the screen times out after a few seconds of inactivity. This feature is a convenient way to access information without handling your iPhone. Perfect for overnight or daytime charging, StandBy Mode enhances your charging experience, providing quick insights into time, weather, or notifications with ease.

How to Use StandBy Mode on iOS 17?

To maximize the benefits of StandBy Mode in iOS 17, we offer detailed steps for an optimized experience here, which will ensure you utilize StandBy Mode to its fullest potential, enhancing your device's performance and battery life. 

Turn On the Standby Mode

The iPhone StandBy Mode is triggered automatically when you put your iPhone horizontally under the case of charging and being locked. If the StandBy Mode fails to activate, you can simply check whether you have already turned it on in the Settings. Go to Settings, choose StandBy, and toggle the StandBy switch. 

Charge Your iPhone

When using StandBy Mode, it requires the iPhone to be in a specific orientation - locked and placed horizontally at an angle, not on a flat surface. You can connect your iPhone to any charger, whether it's MagSafe, wireless, or wired. And position your iPhone horizontally on a flat surface, such as a nightstand or desk. A charging stand usually serves as the best solution, as it typically provides the needed angle and stability, making it an essential accessory for effectively utilizing StandBy Mode. This setup ensures that the iPhone remains in the correct position for StandBy Mode to function properly.

Customize the StandBy Mode

To personalize the widget screens, press and hold on a widget to enter edit mode, which allows you to add new widgets by tapping the “+” button or remove existing ones by tapping the “-” button. Navigate through various widget categories by swiping left or right. Once your customization is complete, simply tap the Done button to save your changes for the iOS 17 StandBy Mode.

Note: Incoming notifications will appear subtly at the bottom of the StandBy Mode screen. Just tap a notification to expand it and view more details. To exit StandBy Mode and return to your regular lock screen, simply lift your iPhone off the charger or press the side button twice.

Best Charging Solutions for StandBy Mode

As we know, the best solution to make use of StandBy Mode on your iPhone is by putting your phone on a charging stand. Here are three top wireless charging stands to consider: 

Anker MagGo Wireless Charging Station (Foldable 3-in-1)

Anker MagGo Wireless Charging Station (Foldable 3-in-1) is a smart and efficient solution designed for Apple device enthusiasts. The standout feature of this charging station is its compatibility with the iPhone iOS17 StandBy mode. You can transform your lock screen into a sleek interface with customizable screens, offering glanceable information such as time, date, and battery level. The default clock screen provides essential details, while widget screens keep you updated on weather, calendar events, music, and more. 

Boasting a Qi2 certification for 15W ultra-fast charging, this charging station stands out as one of the top MagSafe accessories for iPhone users. Its sleek and foldable design, weighing just 6.9 oz, makes it the perfect travel companion.

Anker 3-in-1 Cube with MagSafe

Anker 3-in-1 Cube with MagSafe is ideal for StandBy Mode, whose adjustable viewing angle aligns perfectly with the iPhone's horizontal orientation requirement. Tailored for Apple enthusiasts, it supports 15W ultra-fast wireless charging for compatible iPhones and accommodates Apple Watch and AirPods. Its standout feature is the ability to adjust the viewing angle up to 60°, enhancing user experience during charging. The design is both foldable and compact, making it an ideal travel companion. This charger combines efficiency with convenience, addressing the needs of Apple users who have multiple devices.

Anker MagGo Wireless Charging Station (3-in-1 Pad)

Experience safe and ultra-fast 15W charging with Qi2 certification. Quickly boost your Apple Watch Series 9 to 30% in just 20 minutes, Anker MagGo Wireless Charging Station (3-in-1 Pad) ideal for a quick charge before bed. Seamlessly power your iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch simultaneously with this 3-in-1 charging solution. For optimal charging, use the included 40W USB-C PD wall charger. The slim, space-saving design features an adjustable phone module that moves from 90° to 180°, catering to both your Apple Watch and iPhone. Say goodbye to clutter and hello to efficient charging.


The iOS 17 StandBy Mode revolutionizes how your iPhone interacts with charging and idle time. It requires specific conditions like a locked screen and horizontal positioning, ideally achieved using a suitable charging stand. This mode enhances your iPhone's functionality while charging, offering an adjustable view for convenience and efficiency. It's particularly beneficial for those seeking to optimize their device's usability without compromising on battery life. Understanding and utilizing StandBy Mode with the right accessories, like Anker's wireless charging stands, can significantly enhance your iPhone experience. 


Does Standby Only Work with Magsafe?

No, Standby Mode isn't exclusive to MagSafe; it activates when your iPhone is horizontally charging on any MagSafe, Qi wireless charger, or using a Lightning cable with a power adapter. Continuous Standby mode is exclusive to iPhones with an always-on display, like the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro. 

Does StandBy Mode Stay On All Night?

Whether StandBy Mode stays on all night depends on your iPhone model. The iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro can keep StandBy mode on all night as long the iPhone is charging. In the cases of other iPhone models, StandBy mode will turn off after 30 seconds of inactivity, even if your iPhone is charging. 

Can I Use iPhone Standby Mode without Charging?

No, you cannot use the iPhone's StandBy Mode without charging. In iOS 17, StandBy Mode is designed to activate only when the iPhone is connected to a charging cable, a MagSafe charger, or a Qi-based wireless charger, and placed horizontally in landscape orientation. This mode requires both a specific orientation and a charging source to function, making charging an essential component for its activation and use.

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