[iOS 17] How to Fix Standby Not Working on iPhone

Peter Aaron
Last updated: Oct 12, 2023

This guide will walk you through the steps to address the issue of iOS 17 StandBy not working. Read on for details.

StandBy Mode is a new feature introduced by Apple in iOS 17. This mode enables you to display useful information when you set your iPhone down, such as widgets, a photo frame, or a clock.

StandBy is enabled by default. If it isn't working on your iPhone, check out this blog post to learn how to troubleshoot it in various ways.

Let's dive right in.

iOS 17 StandBy Not Working? 7 Best Ways to Fix It

How to Do StandBy on iOS 17

Once your iPhone is upgraded to iOS 17, you will be able to use the StandBy feature. To activate this mode, your iPhone needs to be in landscape orientation and locked while charging via a wireless or lightning charger.

Use StandBy on iOS 17

If you wish to turn off the StandBy mode, navigate to Settings > StandBy and toggle StandBy off.

Turn Off StandBy on iOS 17

What to Do When StandBy Isn't Working on iOS 17

StandBy mode should work on all iPhones that have been updated to iOS 17. However, if it's not functioning properly on your iPhone, follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue.

1. Disable and Re-enable StandBy

The first troubleshooting method you can try is to disable and then re-enable the StandBy mode:

  1. Go to Settings > StandBy.
  2. Turn off the StandBy option, then turn it back on.
  3. Check if StandBy now works as expected.
Disable and Re-enable StandBy on iOS 17

2. Ensure You're Using StandBy Correctly

StandBy mode won't activate unless you follow these steps correctly. So, please ensure the following:

  • Your iPhone is running iOS 17.
  • Your iPhone is charging.
  • Your iPhone is placed in landscape orientation at an inclined angle.
  • Your iPhone screen is locked.

3. Tap Your iPhone Screen

It's important to note that while all iPhones upgraded to iOS 17 can use StandBy mode, not all of them support the Always-on StandBy mode. This feature is exclusively available on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

If your iPhone screen goes black, tap the screen to see if you can activate StandBy mode.

4. Disable the Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode is designed to save power when your iPhone's battery is low, such as reducing background activity, disabling HDR video viewing, turning off the always-on display, and more. Some users have found that the StandBy function does not work when Low Power Mode is turned on. So what you should do is disable the Low Power Mode.

Here's how:

  1. Tap Settings > Battery.
  2. Toggle off Low Power Mode.
Turn off the Low Power Mode

5. Restart Your iPhone

Regardless of the issue you're experiencing with your iPhone, it's often worth trying a restart. This action clears caches and temporary files that might be the root cause of your iPhone's erratic behavior.

6. Reset iPhone Settings

Another troubleshooting method is to reset your iPhone settings, which will restore your iPhone settings to their original defaults. This helps erase all personal settings that might be causing StandBy to work improperly.

Here's what you should do:

  1. Tap Settings > General.
  2. Scroll down your screen to find Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  3. Tap it, then tap Reset > Reset All Settings.
  4. Enter your passcode as requested and confirm your action.
Reset All Settings on iOS 17

7. Update Your iPhone

iOS 17 is in its initial stage, and unexpected errors might occur. If none of the methods above fixes the StandBy not working issue, consider updating your iPhone.

Update iOS 17

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Hopefully, you have resolved the StandBy not working issue on iOS 17. If not, you may seek help from a professional.

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Peter Aaron

Living in New Jersey, Peter Aaron is an Apple technician focused on iPhone and iOS repairs. Meanwhile, he's also a senior writer at Dr.Buho, with a simple mission to help fix Apple things that are with software or hardware glitches.