Pillow on the Watch Basics

Installing the Apple Watch app

To track your sleep using your Apple Watch first ensure that you have installed the latest version of Pillow on your Apple Watch. To do that:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Locate “Pillow”
  3. Tap on the “Install” button.

Recording a sleep session with alarms and audio recordings

For sleep analysis, Pillow will use data collected by your Apple Watch during sleep in combination with audio input recorded by the microphone of your iPhone. For audio recordings, alarms and sleep aid Pillow also requires the use of the iPhone to be used during sleep.

Starting a sleep session with alarms and audio recordings

To start a sleep session with alarm and sound recordings:

  1. Open Pillow on the iPhone
  2. Set the desired alarm time and leave the Pillow on the iPhone running (do not press the side button or close the app)
  3. Open Pillow on the Apple Watch and tap “Start”
  4. Make sure “Sound rec.” and/or “Alarm” is checked
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap “Next” to start recording your sleep session.

Additional notes:

  • Once Pillow has started recording, place your iPhone within arm’s reach to ensure that the sound recording feature will function properly.
  • Keep the Apple Watch on your wrist during sleep session.
  • It is also highly recommended that you full charge your Apple Watch before starting a sleep session.

Stoping or Snoozing a sleep session with alarms and audio recordings

To stop the sleep session that you started recording with your Apple Watch follow these steps:

  1. Open Pillow on your Apple Watch
  2. Swipe horizontally to bring up the “Stop” and “Snooze” buttons
  3. Tap the “Stop” button to stop the session or the “Snooze” button to snooze the alarm.
  4. When you tap “Stop“ make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected via Bluetooth or Wifi.

Recording a sleep session without the iPhone

Pillow can also be used without the iPhone for sleep analysis only. In this mode Pillow does not require the iPhone but it cannot sound an alarm or record sound events during sleep.

Starting a sleep session using the iPhone only

To record a session using only the Apple Watch:

  1. Open Pillow on the Apple Watch
  2. Tap “Start”
  3. De-select “Sound rec.” and “Alarm”
  4. Scroll down and tap “Next” to start your sleep session.

Stoping a sleep session without the iPhone

To stop the sleep session that you started recording with your Apple Watch follow these steps:

  1. Open Pillow on your Apple Watch
  2. Swipe horizontally to bring up the “Stop” and “Snooze” buttons
  3. Tap the “Stop” button to stop the session or the “Snooze” button to snooze the alarm.

Finding your sleep analysis data after a sleep session

When you stop the sleep session on the Apple Watch, Pillow will display your sleep analysis on the Apple Watch and attempt to automatically transmit your session data to the iPhone.

To view your detailed sleep analysis on your iPhone:

  1. Open Pillow on the iPhone
  2. Swipe horizontally from right to left to bring up your sleep analysis.

If you can’t find your sleep analysis on the iPhone:

  1. Open Pillow on the Apple Watch
  2. Tap on the sleep analysis icon on the bottom right corner
  3. 3D Touch anywhere on screen
  4. Select “Sync session to iPhone”.

Recording a nap using the Apple Watch

Nap modes require both the Apple Watch and the iPhone. Pillow on the Apple Watch will gather and analyse all required data for sleep analysis whereas the iPhone will be used for audio recordings and alarms.

Starting a nap session using the Apple Watch

To start a nap session using the Apple Watch:

  1. Open Pillow on the iPhone and leave it open (do not press the side button or close the app)
  2. Open Pillow on the Apple Watch and tap “Start”
  3. Select either “Powernap”, “Recovery Nap” or “Full cycle nap”
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap “Next” to start recording your sleep session.

Stoping or Snoozing a nap session with the Apple Watch

To stop the nap session that you started recording with your Apple Watch follow these steps:

  1. Open Pillow on your Apple Watch
  2. Swipe horizontally to bring up the “Stop” and “Snooze” buttons
  3. Tap the “Stop” button to stop the session or the “Snooze” button to snooze the alarm.
  4. When you tap “Stop“ please ensure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are connected via Bluetooth or Wi-fi.

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