'AutoSleep 5' Brings Live Sleep Tracking to Apple Watch and iPhone X Support

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Third party sleep tracking app AutoSleep reached version 5.0 on Tuesday, introducing a slew of new features and improvements, including iPhone X support and live sleep tracking on Apple Watch.

With later models of Apple Watch benefiting from major improvements in battery life, many Watch owners now wear their device to bed. Despite this, Apple still doesn't provide a native sleep tracking feature in watchOS, which has allowed third-party apps like AutoSleep to step in and fill the void.


While AutoSleep can track sleep quality and duration using just an iPhone, one of the app's biggest draws has been its Apple Watch component. Up until now, users had to sync the app to their iPhone to review calculated sleep metrics, but with AutoSleep 5, the Apple Watch app can now automatically track sleep without needing any help from an iPhone.

With sleep independently calculated on their wrist, users have the ability to scroll through sleep quality rings, deep sleep stats, and recharge summaries using the Digital Crown or by scrolling with a finger.

The Watch-based Lights Off feature, which lets users track how long it takes them to fall asleep, has also been rewritten. The progress display now has muted colors for viewing at night, and shows how much time the user has actually been asleep versus time spent just lying in bed.

Back on the iPhone app, sleep detection is now considerably faster, while motion detection has been discontinued for users who wear their Watch to sleep, but remains an option for non-Watch wearers.


The information screens have also been unified, so instead of metrics and graphs being on a separate tab, everything now appears on one scrollable screen. In addition, sleep quality rings have been redesigned and are now more clearly labeled, making key information more easily available at a glance.

The sleep analysis graph has been moved to just below the sleep clock, and reveals different data points such as sleep zones and heart rate as the user scrolls. Elsewhere, the configuration and troubleshooting sections of the app have been modified to be easier to use, and AutoSleep now has additional share options for sleep recording notetakers and social media users.

In addition to iPhone X layout optimization, several other improvements have been made under the hood, according to the developer. More information can be found in the release notes for AutoSleep 5, which costs $2.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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35 months ago

So this gives your apple watch more than 24 hours of battery life?

No, it just tracks sleep.

I have a series 3 Apple Watch (Nike) and regularly get 2.5 days of life off a single charge. YMMV.
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35 months ago

So WHEN do you recharge your watch if not while you sleep?

I throw mine on the charger when I jump in the shower. Usually an hour or less later and it's fully charged.
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35 months ago

Your use of YMMV seems very appropriate here.

Yeah, it definitely depends on a range of factors, like what complications you have on your watch face, watch brightness, apps installed, background refresh permissions, notifications, idle checking, etc etc. I use my AW mainly for tracking activity/sleep, and try to limit most other usage scenarios.
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35 months ago

Why did you choose the apple watch if you don't use it during the day? I would imagine a cheaper, lighter, more comfortable sleep tracker would work better for you.

Oh I do use it during the day, I'm just mindful of over-using it when my phone is close by. It's still my favourite fitness tracker.
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35 months ago

How does this compare to pillow? I just started using pillow, but I'm not convinced I want to pay for the premium version of it. I don't like that I have to tell it when I'm going to sleep and when I wake up. I've only used it a few times, but I know eventually I'll start forgetting to start the app each night.

I used Pillow and AutoSleep at the same time for awhile to figure out which one I liked. I prefer Pillow's graphs and report better than Auto Sleep. But starting and stopping my sleep tracking was eventually a drag. Just use AutoSleep now. Looking forward to the new version. I don't review my sleep every day but knowing the data has been saved and can be reviewed whenever is nice.
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35 months ago
Love this and it’s sister app HeartWatch. I just charge my watch for an hour each day while I’m sitting at work, I can go without it for that long.
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