Pillow on the iPhone Basics

This article aims to provide you with a quick overview of the basic functionality of Pillow. If you use Pillow on the Apple Watch, we also recommend reading Pillow on Watch Basics.


Pillow on the iPhone Basics

Quick video introduction

We want to make Pillow as easy and delightful to use as possible. To help you with your first steps we have also prepared a quick introduction video that demonstrates most of the functions mentioned in this article: “Quick Introduction Video

Starting a sleep session on your iPhone

Using Pillow with your iPhone or iPad to record a sleep session is very simple. All you need to do is select one of the available recording modes and tap on the “Start” button.

About the recordings modes available

Pillow offers a variety of recording modes each enabling a set of features such as audio recordings or alarms.

To switch between recording modes:

  1. Open Pillow on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Swipe upwards right above the “Start” button to bring up the mode selection drawer
  3. Swipe horizontally to select one of the available modes:

Full Mode
This mode enables all the sleep tracking features in Pillow including Sleep cycle analysis, Recording of audio events during sleep and the Wake-up alarm.

Sleep Cycles and alarm
This mode disables audio recordings and enables Sleep Cycles analysis and the Wake-up Alarm

Sleep Cycles only
This mode disables the Wake-up alarm and the sound recording functionality of Pillow.

Sleep Cycles + Sounds
In this mode, Pillow will perform only Sleep Cycle analysis and record events during sleep.

Alarm Only
This mode Pillow will not perform Sleep Cycle analysis and sound recording, essentially making it work like a simple smart alarm clock.

Power nap
This mode will start a sleep session with Sleep cycle analysis and Audio recordings and automatically set the alarm to go off up to 20 minutes from the time you start recording the sleep session.

Recovery nap
This mode will start a sleep session with Sleep cycle analysis and Audio recordings and automatically set the alarm to go off up to 45 minutes from the time you start recording the sleep session.

Full Cycle Nap This mode will start a sleep session with Sleep cycle analysis and Audio recordings and automatically set the alarm to go off up to 45 minutes from the time you start recording the sleep session.

Placement of the iPhone

Using Pillow Using Pillow with your iPhone or iPad sleep tracking to work properly, your device should be placed face down on your bed, in a position near your body (a distance of about 15-25cm should suffice).

In case you're seeing more "awake" time than expected, you can also try moving your device a little bit further from your body. We would also recommend avoiding covering your device with heavy blankets and bed covers in order to avoid overheating of the device.

Can I place my device on the nightstand? If don’t use an Apple Watch for sleep tracking your iPhone and iPad must be placed on the mattress face-down a few centimeters away from your pillow. The reason is that Pillow uses the data from the motion sensors available on the device to perform sleep analysis.

Alarm & Sleep aid options

Pillow comes with a wide variety of options to customize your Wake up alarm and Sleep aid sequence.

To access the Alarm & Sleep Aid options:

  1. Open Pillow on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap on the bell icon in the bottom right corner

Viewing your daily sleep analysis

At the end of each session, you access your Sleep Analysis by swiping horizontally to the left.

Snooze Lab

Snooze Lab is a section in Pillow where you will find personalized insights, achievements, experiments and helpful tips and facts about sleep.

To access Snooze Lab
1. Open Pillow on the iPhone or iPad 2. Swipe horizontally to the right

Sleep statistics & Trends

Pillow comes with an incredible set of statistics regarding key health metrics that you can view on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

To access your overall statistics and trends Rotate your device in landscape mode.





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