Why not use both sleep apps! Apples sleep app introduced in iOS 14 focuses on creating good bedtime behaviours, but is basic in its sleep tracking. The good news is that you can use both apps, find all the common questions from our users below. AutoSleep provides a smart alarm to ease you out of deeper sleep, sleep bank to help you proactively stay out of sleep debt, calibration accuracy, advanced sleep metrics for health insights, live sleep tracking on your Watch, exports and valuable sleep trend reports to truly understand your sleep.

Can I Use AutoSleep and the Apple Sleep Together?

Yes. They work completely independently, so you can use both quite happily.

Some customers might like to use both apps, just some parts or turn off the Apple Sleep app completely. It's all up to what suits your sleep habits and tracking best, so we have detailed all the common questions below with helpful instructions.

What About Accuracy?

You may have noticed that AutoSleep and the Apple Sleep app may show different sleep data. In short, Apples Sleep app is not as accurate as AutoSleep as it has no calibration settings to learn your sleep, doesn't track naps, and has some limitations in how it tracks time in bed, so you often see that time in bed is less than time asleep. Apple is more focused on preparing your bedtime schedule, whereas AutoSleep is more focused on accurately measuring your sleep metrics and trends.

The good news is that together you can create the best of both worlds, using AutoSleep for accurate sleep metrics and the Apple Sleep app to assist you preparing for sleep.

Does Apple's Sleep App Track Sleep Automatically?

No. You need to setup sleep schedules and it will never know precisely when you went to bed unlike AutoSleep. As above, the Apple Sleep app is aimed at improving a users sleep behaviour by wind down functions and monitoring your estimated sleep duration. AutoSleep however takes this to the next level, using advanced sleep bank and latest bedtime reminders based on not just your sleep duration, but your actual sleep quality.

Which Watches Work to Track Sleep?

AutoSleep supports all models of Apple Watch. However Apple Sleep requires WatchOS 7 which is available only for Apple Watch Series 3 and above.

I Want To Use AutoSleep and Apple Sleep. What Do I Do?

If looking to use the full functionality of both apps, it's all ready to go and both AutoSleep and the Apple Sleep app will work independently as designed. The only thing to consider is which app you want to use in the Apple Health app Summary views (this is only if you use the Apple Health Summary and Graph views - see below image showing the views). Due to the accuracy, we recommend applying AutoSleep as the priority sleep app. Refer to below steps to setup.

Setting Apple Health Summary Views

Steps to follow if you would like to set AutoSleep metrics to show in Health Summary views:

  • Open the Health app on your iPhone (its the little red heart icon app)

  • Select Sleep in Health on the Browse tab, then scroll all the way to the bottom.

  • Select Data Sources & Access.

  • Then Edit in the top right corner of the screen.

  • Scroll to the bottom to view a list where you can move AutoSleep to the top by touching and dragging the side bars next to the app name. This will give AutoSleep precedence for sleep tracking in the Health Summary views. Just make sure AutoSleep is above your Watch and iPhone options.

Remember - AutoSleep uses its own tracking so this setting only affects Apple Health summary views.

Will My Data Be Duplicated in Health?

No. As both apps work separately you don't have to worry about seeing duplicated sleep data if you have read/write permissions to both apps. Just refer to the point above in setting the primary sleep data to assist with Health Summary views and potentially avoid confusion.

I Don't Use Apple Health Summary - Can I Just Continue Viewing AutoSleep?

Of course. No changes are required if you continue to use AutoSleep for viewing your metrics. Not too mention you get far superior sleep graphs and trend views in AutoSleep too.

I Want To Use Apple's Sleep Schedules & Wind Down - But Use AutoSleep For My Sleep Metrics

This is a great example of using both apps together. You just need to disable some settings in the (1) Watch Settings and (2) Health App Settings. Steps for each are detailed below.

(1) Watch Settings

  • Open the Watch Settings on your iPhone (its a Watch icon)

  • Select 'Sleep' from the list of apps

  • Toggle off 'Track Sleep with Apple Watch'

  • Make sure 'Turn On Automatically' is on. This will start the wind down

  • Remember for those with multiple Watches, to do this from the Watch you wear to bed. If you wear both Watches to bed, apply the same settings to both.

Tip - at the bottom of the Watch settings is a quick link called 'Open Sleep options in Health'. This directs you to the next step below - (2) Health App Settings.

(2) Health App Settings

  • Open the the Health App on your iPhone (its a red heart icon)

  • Select Browse from the bottom menu and then 'Sleep' from the list of categories

  • Scroll all the way to the bottom and select 'Options'

  • Toggle Off 'Track Time in Bed with iPhone'

  • Make sure 'Turn On Automatically' is on. This will start the Apple Wind Down functionality, putting your devices into 'do not disturb' and so on. Note that this 'Turn On Automatically' option is linked between the Watch Settings and Health App Settings, that is, turning off/on in either screen will apply to the other.

Tip - Having 'Sleep Reminders' and 'Sleep Results' enabled will use AutoSleep data if you followed the 'Setting Apple Health Summary Views' section above.

Using Multiple Watches To Track Sleep?

This is fine and no changes are required with AutoSleep. With the Apple Sleep app any changes in the Watch Settings (the Watch icon app on your iPhone), remember to apply it to the other Watch if you use both for sleeping. If you do wear the same Watch every time for sleeping, then Apple have setup a 'Don't use this Watch for Sleep' option in Settings.

Can I Turn Off The Apple Sleep Watch Face at Night?

Yes. There is an option in your Watch Settings called 'Show Time' which can be turned off. You can then revert back to using AutoSleep as a complication to see your live sleep metrics and smart alarm setup. Steps to turn off:

  • Open the Watch Settings on your iPhone (its a Watch icon)

  • Select 'Sleep' from the list of apps

  • Toggle off 'Show Time' in the options

How Do I Turn Off Apples Sleep App and Just Use AutoSleep

You can easily turn off the Apple Sleep app. It is similar to the steps above in the Watch Settings and Health Settings but we are going to disable all the options instead of just the select few. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Watch Settings App on your iPhone (its the app with an image Watch icon)

  • Select 'Sleep' from the list of apps

  • Toggle OFF all the options including 'Turn On Automatically', 'Show Time', 'Track Sleep with Apple Watch' and 'Charging Reminders'

  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select 'Open Sleep Options in Health', this will redirect you to the Health app

  • Toggle OFF the 'Sleep Schedule' option

  • You have now disabled the Apple Sleep app. Remember for those with multiple Watches, to do this from the Watch you wear to bed. If you wear both Watches to bed, apply the same settings to both.

My iPhone & Watch Automatically Apply a 'Do Not Disturb', How Do I Turn Off?

This happens if you are using the Apple Sleep app wind down feature, but you can disable it. Similar to the section above we need to disable the Apple Sleep app functions that relate to the wind down feature. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Watch Settings App on your iPhone (its the app with an image Watch icon)

  • Select 'Sleep' from the list of apps

  • Toggle OFF the option called 'Turn On Automatically', this will prevent the do not disturb turning on

  • Remember for those with multiple Watches, to do this from the Watch you wear to bed. If you wear both Watches to bed, apply the same settings to both

I Stopped Getting Notifications After Turning on the Apple Sleep app?

Exact same scenario as the above question, the Apple Sleep app will apply the wind down feature which turns on Do Not Disturb automatically so you get no notifications around your bed time depending on the sleep schedule you setup. But you can disable it. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Watch Settings App on your iPhone (its the app with an image Watch icon)

  • Select 'Sleep' from the list of apps

  • Toggle OFF the option called 'Turn On Automatically', this will prevent the do not disturb turning on

  • Remember for those with multiple Watches, to do this from the Watch you wear to bed. If you wear both Watches to bed, apply the same settings to both

Can I Use The Apple Sleep Watch Face at Night and Use AutoSleep

Short answer is Yes.

If you turn on Sleep Mode manually via the Watch controls or it automatically turns on via a sleep schedule, this will lock your Watch, display the Sleep Mode screen and put into do not disturb. So if you wanted to look at AutoSleep metrics or live tracking on your Watch, you would need to unlock the Watch by turning the digital crown each time. Not ideal but its workable if you have AutoSleep on the front complication as it will show once you unlock the Watch. The good thing is that leaving in sleep mode and just unlocking will automatically apply the lock again once you view the AutoSleep complication, so you can safely get back to sleep!

Can I Use The Apple Sleep Watch Face With Apples Sleep Schedule Turned Off

Yes. The only difference here is that you will need to manually turn on the Sleep Mode function from the Watch controls (see the bed icon below). Once tapped, it will automatically put the Watch into sleep mode with 'do not disturb' turned on. You will need to spin the crown to unlock.

Setting up Shortcuts in Sleep Mode

If using both AutoSleep and Apple Sleep, shortcuts can help with making AutoSleep available on the lock screen or showing your sleep stats at wake time. We have an entire section in the Shortcuts page explaining how to do this, along with getting started with shortcuts if you haven't used them before. So when the Apple sleep mode locks my iPhone, I can still use 'Lights Off' to trigger AutoSleep from the locked screen, or when I wake up I can easily access 'Sleep Rings' to see how I slept.

Sleep Tracking Not Working Since iOS14 & WatchOS7 Update

Apple have reported a known issue in the recent iOS 14 update where your iPhone is losing health data captured by your Apple Watch impacting some users. Here is the support link on the official Apple site:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211865

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