How to use Goodnight Mode on your Samsung Galaxy Watch

goodnight mode on Samsung Galaxy watch

If you often wake up because your watch’s screen turns on and shows alerts and other notifications, check out Samsung’s Goodnight feature.

Learning how to enable Goodnight Mode on your Samsung Galaxy Watch is one of the easiest ways to eliminate annoying notifications and your screen turning on.

Strangely enough, Samsung’s Goodnight mode is a separate setting from Do Not Disturb–and this often gets a little confusing.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to turn on Goodnight mode on your Samsung watch, and doing it should take less than a couple of minutes.

So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!

What is Goodnight Mode, and how is it different from Do Not Disturb? 

As mentioned above, Goodnight Mode on a Samsung Galaxy Watch is very similar but not the same as the DND (Do Not Disturb) mode that every phone comes with.

Most Galaxy Watch devices have Goodnight mode and a separate DND mode.

With both Goodnight mode and DND, you get notifications for any alarms while other notifications are silenced.

Basically, Goodnight and DND silence notifications without disabling important alarms automatically. So, in that way, you never miss any important notifications. 

Now, where Goodnight differs from DND is that Goodnight also turns off the always-on display, stops automatic screen wake up, and silences any system sound.

DND mutes notifications and sounds without considering other aspects such as screen lighting and lift-to-wake. Samsung Galaxy watch goodnight mode on

There is a downside of Goodnight mode for most users in that you cannot schedule it!

For most users, you must manually turn on goodnight mode before going to sleep. Only certain users can schedule goodnight mode to turn on and off automatically.

You only have the option of setting up a schedule for Goodnight on Samsung Galaxy watches paired with Samsung branded phones that run Samsung’s One UI software.

Goodnight’s automatic scheduling feature only works with Samsung phones with One UI, period.

For watches not running One UI, you need to manually turn it on and off each night and each morning.

Although most Samsung watches have this feature, it is not available on the Gear Fit or Gear Fit2.

How to turn on Goodnight Mode on and off on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 

There are two ways to enable Goodnight Mode. You can either do it directly via the watch or through the Galaxy Wearable app.

Turn on Goodnight mode directly on the watch itself 

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to bring up the Quick Settings Panel.
  2. Then tap on the Goodnight Mode icon to turn it on; the icon looks like a crescent moon. If you don’t see this icon, go to Settings > Advanced > Edit Quick Panel and add the crescent moon Goodnight Mode icon.Samsung Galaxy Quick Settings for Goodnight Mode
  3. To turn Goodnight off, tap the crescent moon icon again, so it’s grayed out.
  4. Alternatively, press the Power Button on your watch, swipe, and tap Settings.
    1. Choose Advanced, and then tap Goodnight mode and toggle on Turn on now. Galaxy Watch goodnight mode
    2. Users with OneUI also see an option to Use while sleeping (also called Turn on daily.)set up Samsung Galaxy watch to automatically turn on Goodnight mode while sleeping
  5. To manually turn Goodnight off, toggle it back to the grayed-out position.

If your watch has One UI, you should also have the option of automatically turning on Goodnight Mode daily or while sleeping

  • Turn on daily or while sleeping activates automatically based on your sleeping patterns.
  • Your watch should be smart enough to determine when you are sleeping and enable Goodnight Mode on its own. 

Turn on Goodnight mode using the Wearable app on your paired phone

You can also enable Goodnight Mode via the Galaxy Wearable app by following the below steps:

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.
  2. Tab the Home tab.
  3. Swipe and tap on the Advanced.
  4. Toggle to turn on Good night mode.Good night mode galaxy watch
  5. Users with OneUI also see an option to Turn on daily (also called Use when sleeping.) set up Samsung Galaxy watch to automatically turn on Goodnight mode turn on daily
  6. To turn Goodnight off, toggle it back to the grayed-out position.

At this time, you can ONLY schedule Goodnight Mode with One UI-compatible Galaxy Watches. 

Can’t schedule goodnight mode on your Galaxy watch?

For folks that don’t like manually turning Goodnight on or off and don’t run One UI, we recommend using Do Not Disturb or Theater Mode instead.

DND allows you to set up a regular schedule, while theater mode allows you to set up a duration.

How to turn on Theater Mode on Samsung Galaxy Watches

With Theater Mode, you temporarily silence your watch, including all alarms and the screen stays off. Theater mode also turns off system sounds, watch always on, and wake-up gestures.

The main disadvantage of theater mode is that it currently lasts no longer than 4 hours. However, for most people, that allows them to fall asleep without disturbances.

The big advantage of theater mode is that it automatically turns off once the set duration elapses.

While most Samsung Galaxy watches support theater mode, a few don’t, including Galaxy Fit, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Gear Fit2.

Turn on Theater mode on your Samsung Galaxy watch theater mode on for Samsung Galaxy watch

  1. Swipe down the Quick Settings panel.
    1. Tap on the Theater Mode icon that looks like a film slate. Samsung galaxy watch theater mode icon in Quick Settings
    2. The default duration is 2 hours. To change that, tap on the time listed just under Theater mode that says Until… Samsung Galaxy watch change duration of theater mode
    3. Select how long you want theater mode on for. Currently, theater mode supports 1-4 hours.
  2. Open your watch’s Settings app
    1. Tap Advanced
    2.  Toggle Turn on now to activate Theater mode. Samsung Galaxy watch turn theater mode on using Settings app
    3. Choose how long you want theater mode on. Theater mode supports durations of 1-4 hours. duration of theater mode on Samsung Galaxy watch

Turn on Theater mode on your phone using the Galaxy Wearable app

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.
  2. Scroll down and choose Advanced.
  3. Toggle Turn on now to activate Theater mode. Galaxy Wearable app theater mode settings
  4. Tap Duration to change how long theater mode is engaged for. Theater mode supports durations of 1-4 hours.

How to turn on DND (Do Not Disturb) on Samsung Galaxy Watches

Do Not Disturb is very similar to Goodnight Mode, with the main difference that DND doesn’t do anything about screen lighting and lift-to-wake. 

Still, as we mentioned above, some Galaxy Watch models do not support Goodnight Mode or Goodnight Mode schedule.

And unfortunately, at times, the automatic Goodnight Mode doesn’t always work. In such cases, you may want to enable DND (Do Not Disturb) instead. 

Turn on Do Not Disturb using your watch’s Quick Settings

  1. Swipe down from the top of your Galaxy Watch’s screen to bring up the Quick Settings.
  2. Tap on the Do Not Disturb icon, looks like a minus symbol (-). DND Do Not Disturb in Samsung Galaxy watch Quick Settings
  3. Choose how long you want DND on for and tap the checkmark to confirm. choose how long you want your Samsung Galaxy watch Do Not Disturb on for DND

You can also turn on Do Not Disturb in your watch’s Settings app

  1. Press the Power Button on your watch, swipe, and tap Settings.
  2. Choose Advanced. Advanced Settings in Samsung Galaxy Watch
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb and toggle on Turn on now.Samsung Galaxy Watch DND
  4. Do not tap Turn on now and instead tap on Turn on as scheduled to set a schedule for Do Not Disturb.
    1. If you haven’t set up a schedule, do so now and select your DND Start time, End Time, and Days. To confirm your DND schedule, tap Done. schedule DND for days on Samsung Galaxy Watch

Turn on Do Not Disturb (DND) mode using the Wearable app on your paired phone

  1. On your paired phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app.
  2. Choose the Home tab, and then tap Advanced.
  3. Tap Do not disturb.
    1. Choose to Turn on now or Turn on as scheduled.
    2. For Turn on as scheduled, select your Days, Start Time, and End Time. DND settings in the Galaxy Wearable app
  4. Once you set your DND setting on the paired phone, it should automatically sync to your watch. 
    1. Check your watch’s Settings > Advanced > Do Not Disturb to verify.

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How to set up and schedule Goodnight Mode automatically  based on your sleep patterns

You can use the Galaxy Wearable app to turn on Goodnight Mode automatically under the advanced options only if you use Samsung’s One UI on your paired Samsung branded phone and your Samsung watch.

  • In Goodnight settings, toggle on either Use while sleeping or Turn on daily.
  • If scheduling Goodnight doesn’t work, toggle it off and wait a few seconds, then toggle it back on.

Don’t have the Turn on daily or use while sleeping options?

First, you won’t ever see these options if you use your Samsung watch with a non-Samsung phone.

  1. To access the automatic Goodnight mode, check if you activated the Customization Service option on your Samsung account. 
    1. On your Samsung branded phone, tap Settings > Accounts, Settings > Backup > Accounts, or Settings > General Management and open it.
    2. Select your registered Samsung account and tap Privacy > Customization Service and if needed, activate the Customization Service feature.
  2. Open your phone’s Wearable app > Account and Backup > Customization Service. Make sure it’s on. Choose Supported apps, and toggle on Goodnight mode.
  3. Open Settings > Apps > Galaxy Wearable > Storage and clear data and clear the cache.
  4. Uninstall and reinstall the Galaxy Wearable app and then check if Goodnight shows these options.

It’s worth keeping in mind that the sleep recognition algorithm may not always work as intended.

So, if you are still experiencing issues, one of the best solutions is to manually enable Goodnight Mode through your Watch’s settings – or by using DND with a scheduled time instead. 

Steps for both of these options are attached above in our guide. 

What does Goodnight Mode do on Galaxy Watch? 

Goodnight Mode mutes notifications/vibrations and turns off the display so that you’ll be able to sleep peacefully. Keep in mind that you’ll still be notified of alarms. 

How does a Galaxy Watch know I’m sleeping? 

Motion sensors and sleep tracking are both features that help a Galaxy Watch recognize when you are sleeping. 

Wrapping Up

That’s about it for now. If you still don’t understand or have anything to add, feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!

Also, if you liked this article, feel free to stick around as we regularly post pieces on anything that has to do with wellbeing, gadgets, smartwatches, fitness accessories, and tech, in general!

Ever since my early teenage days, I have long been passionate about all-things-tech and long-distance running. After graduating from high school and finishing my military duties, I immediately started working as a writer in 2016, and to this day, I still share my passion with everyone online.

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