watchOS 9.4 Will Prevent You From Accidentally Silencing Your Apple Watch's Alarm While Sleeping

watchOS 9.4 includes a change that will prevent Apple Watch users from accidentally turning off their alarm while sleeping, according to Apple's release notes for the software update, which is in the final stages of beta testing.

Apple Watch Wake Up Alarm
Specifically, Apple says that a wake-up alarm set in a Sleep Focus mode will no longer be silenced with the "Cover to Mute" gesture starting with watchOS 9.4. This means if the palm of your hand happens to cover your Apple Watch's display for three seconds while sleeping, the alarm will no longer be silenced unintentionally.

watchOS 9.4 is expected to be publicly released as soon as next week. The small but useful change was highlighted on Reddit earlier today.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
15 months ago
It's about time but I don't sleep with my Apple Watch Ultra strapped onto my wrist.

How do people go to sleep with their Apple Watch on? I need mine to be charged every night.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stiligFox Avatar
15 months ago
Oh this is amazing! About time - I would disable my alarm in my sleep at least once every couple weeks!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unggoy Murderer Avatar
15 months ago

With an Ultra?? I don't need to charge it daily, and I use it for min. 1-hour workout, walks, and everything else.
You could just take it off during dinner or lunch and it'll charge to 90%+ in a matter of 20–30 min.
I have the S8 and the fast charger. I wear mine all day and at night. The time I take to shower, get dried and dressed is enough time to charge from like 40% to 80-90%. Never had battery anxiety in the time I've owned it.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Paul Shields Avatar
15 months ago

I got two older AWs for cheap so I can swap to the other one when one runs out of juice.
This is what I have. One for day, one for night.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BadMacRumours Avatar
15 months ago

It's about time but I don't sleep with my Apple Watch Ultra strapped onto my wrist.

How do people go to sleep with their Apple Watch on? I need mine to be charged every night.
Charging it while showering or having dinner.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
madeirabhoy Avatar
15 months ago

It's about time but I don't sleep with my Apple Watch Ultra strapped onto my wrist.

How do people go to sleep with their Apple Watch on? I need mine to be charged every night.
when i wake up i check how much charge it has, and most days stick it on the charger and by the time ive got up and got ready and am about to leave the flat its charged.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)