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Bruce Hanson1 Level 1 (5 points)

I just got an iPod Nano 6th generation. My plan is to use it to listen to audio books when I run and work out, and use it as a wrist watch. It succeeds perfectly on both fronts. I just have one problem, whenever I wake it up, it defaults to the music player, but I want it to wake up to the clock. I would really appreciate your help. THANX!!

iPod nano
  • MicJFin Level 1 (10 points)

    There's a setting - Time on Wake.


    General>>Date&Time>>Time on Wake>>On

  • dantheman74 Level 1 (0 points)

    HI, I have the same problem.


    It worked fine on the original firware, but ever since the firmware upgrade to V 1.2 on 5 october 2011 that Time on Wake setting doesn't seem to work.


    I have tried the setting switched it off and on again.


    I have totally let the battery run out of charge (turn off).


    I have done a reset on all settings.


    but none of these have fixed the problem.


    when i "wake" my nano (which i primarily use as a watch, then a back up for music if my iphone runs out of charge)  but i get the music screen with the place in the song that was last played.


    Any help ???

  • dantheman74 Level 1 (0 points)

    well i just attached my nano and checked to see if there was an updated firmware for it, there wasn't. i then ejected my nano and for some strange reason the time on wake setting seems to be working.

  • GeneLand Level 1 (0 points)

    I have set "Time on Wake" to ON as you suggested but my iPod Nano 6 still wakes up to the music player.  For a while it seemed to be waking up to the Clock but it has reverted back to the music player.  I have the most up to date firmware. 


    Anyone have additional suggestions?  This is an annoying problem when all I want to do is check the time!

  • dantheman74 Level 1 (0 points)



    I have found after listening to music that the wake from sleep function doesnt seem to work.


    i have previously found a sync (on my home computer) worked to kind of "reset" it - ie you get the clock when you wake it up.


    lately i have installed itunes on my work computer aswell and when i have connected my nano to charge it at work (but stop the sync) that also seems to make it "reset" too


    stupid i know but just connect it to a computer thathas itunes on it and stop the sync (unless it is your library of music and you want to sync)


    hope that helps

  • GeneLand Level 1 (0 points)


    Thanks for the tip!  This seems to have worked.  We'll see how long it lasts....


    Hope Apple will come up with a fix for this in a future update.


    Meanwhile, thanks for this workaround!



  • Wunderboy Level 1 (15 points)

    Discovered another work around last night.  If you can't sync because your computer isn't nearby to get back to original wake with clock.  When you wake your Nano and the now playing screen comes up.  Hit the back/skip icon till your clock shows again (not the swipe function with finger, but the actual skip backwards button).  Then when it wakes again, it will be the clock.


    So it appears that the Nano thinks the clock face is a song track?

  • Andrew Stivelman Level 1 (20 points)

    Same problem here.  Very annoying.  iPod Nano 6, and I bought it as a replacement for my watch as well as for the music and other features.


    Seems to randomly reset itself to music, and always to the same track, even if I add new songs.


    Is there a fix, Apple?

  • Dr. Riggs Level 1 (0 points)


    I got an iPod nano some days ago from my wife. I'm using it as a watch and had the same problem. You can solve the problem by  hitting the "skip back" function until BEFORE the first song of the album (it switches then to album-cover). Then the watch will be the first picture after wakeup. If you do it right, there will be NO Play-">"-sign in the right upper edge. I think the iPod thinks to go on with playing the album and so the iPod is first screen. If you "rewind" the album to "starting position" everything will work fine.

  • ronaldd Level 1 (10 points)

    All of the suggested steps seem to have one thing in common - they reset the music player so that no song is in the process of playing.  It appears that if a song is in process, the iPod wakes to the Currently Playing screen, though it will go back to the clock before the home screen if you swipe backwards (showing the clock was the "current" app that was preempted by the currently playing function).  I guess this reflects the original Apple premise that the iPod is first and foremost a music player that has had other functions added.


    Once you do switch off any current track, however, if it's set to wake to the time it should always wake to the clock so if you use it just as a watch you're set - but if you ever play a song you need to repeat the above process.  And it's all just academic now, with the new nano which doesn't seem like much of a watch...

  • Malignance Level 4 (3,380 points)

    I have no problems with my Nano's Time on Wake feature. Try to reset the iPod by holding the Sleep/Wake button and the Volume Down button until the Apple symbol appears.

  • ronaldd Level 1 (10 points)

    Again, not so much a problem as explaining the way it operates.  You don't need to restart the unit, just do anything that shuts off the song that's paused (which a restart will do).  It's just designed so that when a song is paused, it opens to the Currently Playing screen - not an unreasonable assumption, just inconvenient for those of us using it as a watch... that we sometimes play music on.

  • Malignance Level 4 (3,380 points)

    I use my 6th Generation iPod Nano to play music at least twice a day as well as the radio feature once a day everyday and the Time on Wake feature has not failed. And to expand on the thought I never shut off the music player or radio station I'm listening to so it starts were I left off, I simply pause the feature I'm useing and sleep the device and still the Time on Wake feature works. Yes I do use it as a case you were wondering.

  • ronaldd Level 1 (10 points)

    Tried it, mine still seems stuck the way it was, but it works for me since I don't generally use it for music, etc.

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