Introduced with watchOS 7, school time is a feature meant to help children focus during school hours. When enabled, you do not see alerts or access complications or the control center. This is a sensible feature for children during the school year and goes hand in hand with the new Family Setup feature on the Apple Watch. But you do not have to have children to use it!
School time is also a great feature for adults. It allows you to concentrate on your work without being distracted by alerts or complications that tempt you. If you want to try it the next business day, you can use Schooltime on Apple Watch like this.
About school time on the Apple Watch
School time does not resemble disturbance and theater mode, but of course there are some small differences.
With Do Not Disturb you can mute the alerts, but you can still see the regular dial with complications and access to the Control Center.
With theater mode, you will not hear alerts, but you can still receive the haptic feedback. And the dial stays dark when you lift your wrist.
What makes school time different is that you will not see or feel alerts, your dial will be the face of the school, and it will not get darker in the face when you lift your wrist. In addition, press Digital Crown for apps or side button for Dock will not view your apps and swipe up will not reveal your control center.
The Schooltime Watch face is basic. It is a yellow dial with digital time and date in the center. It also shows your name at the bottom.
Enable and disable school time
If you use Family Setup for Apple Watch and want to set up school time for your kids, you can use the Watch app on your iPhone. But for yourself, you can only access the feature from the Apple Watch Control Center.
Add school time to the control center
If you do not see the Schooltime icon in your Control Center with watchOS 7 or later, you can easily add it.
1) To open Control center at Watch by sweep up from the bottom of the screen.
2) Go to the very bottom and press Edit.
3) Under More, you should see School time icon, press it.
4) It should go up with your current icons and you can tap Finished.
Activate school time
Only in your control center tap the school time icon. You will immediately see that the dial changes to the function described above.
If you press Digital Crown to access your apps or the Dock page button, you will be greeted with a message indicating that Schooltime is active with exit instructions. Swiping up to access your control center will not work.
Go out of school
If you have finished work and want to finish school, it’s easy enough. Turn the digital crown over continuously on your watch until you see Unlocked appears briefly. Then you see how long you have spent school time and opportunities for Do not go out and Exit. If you are sure you are ready to go, press Exit.
School time is a good feature if you have children with Apple Watches and Family Setup. It allows you to schedule school time and view reports that include if they end the function. But if you find that you are often distracted while working or focusing on a task, try it for yourself.
What are your thoughts on school time on the Apple Watch? Do you want to activate it while you work, or save it for your children? Let us know!
If you are interested in more help when working on your Mac, you can check out these focus hours or these tools to help you concentrate.