If you’re the type of person who leaves your phone on your bedside or docked on the office desk, iOS 17’s StandBy mode has your name on it.
With the upcoming version of iOS, setting your iPhone horizontally (or in landscape orientation) on a MagSafe charger activates StandBy mode, turning what would typically be a blank lock screen into an interactive, glanceable window of widgets.
The feature is expected to roll out to most recent iPhone models in the fall — when Apple releases the official version of iOS 17 — but can be accessed right now if you’re on public beta software. Here’s how.
How to use StandBy mode on iOS 17
What iPhone models support StandBy mode?
All iPhones that are upgradeable to iOS 17 will support StandBy mode. That level of support spans from this year’s models to the iPhone XR. Here’s the full list of compatible devices.
Will StandBy mode always stay on?
StandBy mode will only stay on for iPhone models that support always-on display, meaning at the time of writing, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. For older models, StandBy mode will automatically turn off after 30 seconds of inactivity.
What charging dock is compatible with StandBy mode?
StandBy mode works with both MagSafe-certified chargers and traditional Qi-enabled wireless chargers, but if you want to take advantage of MagSafe location awareness, you’ll need the latter of the two types. The most important requirement is for the iPhone to be rotated horizontally.