With Schooltime, you can restrict apps and notifications on your child’s Apple Watch during school hours to help them stay focused. Here’s how starting in watchOS 7. We’ll show you how to schedule Schooltime, how your child can use their Apple Watch during Schooltime, disable it temporarily, and review your child’s Schooltime activity.
Before you start, use Family Setup to pair your child’s Apple Watch with your iPhone. This will let your child use an Apple Watch without needing their own iPhone. Let’s start with setting up a Schooltime schedule!. In the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap “All Watches”, tap the “info button” next to your child’s Watch and then tap “Schooltime”. Here, you can turn Schooltime “on” or “off ”.
To schedule Schooltime, tap “Edit Schedule”. You can have a different Schooltime schedule for every day of the week if you like. Tap to select your child’s Schooltime hours and then tap the arrow to go back. Your child will receive a notification on their Apple Watch to let them know that their Schooltime schedule has changed. You can turn Schooltime on or off manually or change the schedule anytime, even while your child is at school or in a different location than you.
Now let’s go over how Schooltime works and how your child can temporarily disable it. Your child will receive a reminder on their Apple Watch five minutes before Schooltime starts. Then, Schooltime will turn on automatically at your scheduled time.
It activates “Do Not Disturb” and disables “raise-to-wake”, so the display stays dark to help your child avoid distractions. Your child will still be able to receive calls from you but all other notifications will be silenced. Your child can tap the display to wake it up.
Schooltime has its watch face that turns on automatically, showing a yellow ring along with the date and time. During a scheduled Schooltime window your child will not be able to turn off Schooltime, but they can temporarily disable it by turning the Digital Crown until it unlocks scrolling down, and tapping Exit.
Schooltime will become active again once the display goes dark. Your child’s regular watch face will reappear when Schooltime is over. If your child wants to turn Schooltime on outside of their scheduled hours like while they’re studying, they can turn it on manually from Control Center. Just touch and hold the bottom of the display and swipe up, and then tap the Schooltime icon.
At the end of the day, you can review how many times your child unlocked their watch during Schooltime. Just return to your child’s Apple Watch settings on your iPhone and tap Schooltime. You’ll see a summary showing each time your child unlocked their watch, and for how long. And that’s Schooltime. Class dismissed!