AutoWake is the first haptic smart alarm for your Watch.
It can wake you up by tapping you on your wrist using your Watch's haptic engine. You can set it to wake you if you are in light or medium sleep either 15 or 30 minutes before your set alarm time. This helps you feel more refreshed.
There's an optional sleep cycle buster that you can turn on to give you a light tap at 5 minute intervals in a 15 or 30 minute window before your alarm to take you gently out of deeper sleep.
Not only that but it will even automatically measure your waking pulse just before the alarm sounds, which is a valuable measurement of recovery.
If you ignore the alarm on the Watch, you can also set a safety alarm that will play on your phone. This will speak and/or play a chosen song from your music library.
There's daily bedtime reminders and auto scheduled alarms in case you forget to set your alarm before bed.
If you also use AutoSleep our auto sleep tracker, when you turn on your alarm, it can automatically tell AutoSleep that you have gone to bed so that time to fall asleep can be tracked. Your AutoSleep 7 day trailing sleep average also appears in your bedtime reminder.
If you use Apple HomeKit then you can run scenes for key events in AutoWake like turning off your bedside lamp and setting your room temperature for sleep.
AutoWake requires an Apple Watch running WatchOS 3.2 or higher (WatchOS 4.3 (much) preferred).
AutoWake works fine with Do Not Disturb and Theatre/Cinema mode.
AutoWake requires at least a bluetooth connection between your iPhone and your Apple Watch during the time that you are asleep. You can use Flight Mode on your iPhone, but make sure that you turn on bluetooth.
IMPORTANT: Next update is a big one.
This is a minor update with a few fixes.
Fix for the one day daylight savings bug.
Fix for complication showing AUTO when schedule is disabled in Watch app.
Fix for presentation of auto schedule when a manual time has been entered.
Ratings and Reviews
Good but not great (yet)
I like the concept quite a lot, but there are a few things I think could be done better. One feature I like a lot from the native sleep settings on iPhone is the ability to turn on do not disturb automatically during sleep time. I don’t like waking up in the morning not knowing if I’m getting a call or it’s my alarm going off on my watch. Also, ‘wakey wakey’ was pronounced ‘wah-kee wah-kee’ on the watch, which was somewhat strange to wake up to. Having a more delicate voice might be better suited for a sleeping app. I think having more interaction on the iPhone side of the app might also be good, since there are a lot of ways one could imagine customizing how they wake up and doing that on a phone might be good. Also when I had my native sleep schedule set on the iPhone, I couldn’t get some things to work on this app; that may have been because I was relatively new at it, but either way it would be neat to see this app I corporate some aspect of the native app or at least have all of its features in addition to its own function. I understand that this app is designed to be a ‘smart’ waking up system that goes off of your body’s rhythms, but it would also be nice to integrate that functionality with just a basic watch alarm. Finally, it would be nice if the alarm shut down once it detects that you’re awake and moving, in case you wake up before the alarm.
Cool If It Was Reliable
I bought AutoSleep, Autowake and HeartWatch as a bundle.
While I believe that AutoWake and HeartWatch are excellent apps (and have reviewed them as such), I cannot say the same for AutoWake.
You can set AutoWake up to automatically wake you at a certain time for each day of the week. In my case I have it set to wake me at 7:00 Mon-Fri.
You can also override this behavior as needed, i.e. I disable the alarm if I am taking a day off work or have a holiday.
Its greatest advantage IMHO is that it is supposed to find a time when you are sleeping lightly near to your set alarm time and then tap your wrist to wake you up.
It more or less works most of the time. And when it works it works very well.
I have AutoWake added as a complication on my primary watch face (my ONLY watch face) as required and my phone sits charging on the end table beside my bed so there should be no reason for failure.
But the alarm has failed to go off in the morning 4 times over the past two months. This might not seem terrible, but if you need to catch a plane the next morning - which I sometimes do - I don’t want my alarm to be flakey.
What usually, but not always, happens is that the alarm will go off later in the morning, 9:40 and 10:20 AM are two times that I recall specifically.
This morning it just didn’t go off at all.
I will be deleting this app and falling back to the Apple Watch’s built in alarm.
Alarm clock it is not
This app has let me down too many times to list. It seriously fails to function like an alarm should. The widget must be on the face of the watch for it to work (not sure if that’s a requirement for other watch apps but it invites disaster.) It actually goes off at one minute past the time you set it for(?) The automatic mode has sometimes switched itself off. I’ve had it shut off when I pushed snooze and snooze after shut off. It has turned off its automatic mode (changed to manual) after pressing the off button in the morning.
The app simply does not give me confidence that it will function when I need it to. The final straw was a complete implosion on the morning after the spring foreword time change. It didn’t go off at all. The alarm time for the next day said 6:00am but the setting “wheel” read 5:00am. It would not correct itself for until I restarted my watch. I wrote the developer and was told that they knew about the problem but didn’t realize the time change happened so early in the US this year! It’s been the second weekend of March since the Bush administration.
Don’t waste your money or time here.
- TANTSISSA HOLDINGS PTY LTD
- 8.3 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Tantsissa Holding Pty Limited
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.