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Apple Watch’s ‘Schooltime’ Isn’t Just for Kids

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It’s a good thing I didn’t have a lot of geeky gear back when I was in school. I would absolutely have failed every class because I’d have spent all of them mucking around on my smartphone and/or smartwatch. (One can only play so much Drugwars on one’s TI-83 calculator.)

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To help counteract this, Apple introduced a new “Schooltime” mode in watchOS 7. In theory, it is supposed to make it easy for any teacher to see that your kid has the mode enabled, as it turns their watch face into a bright yellow clock. At the same time, said student also loses the ability to access apps, view notifications, and otherwise distract themselves with anything more than checking the time.

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“But wait,” you say. “That sounds kind of nice.”

It does. And kudos to Apple for opening up Schooltime to more than just those in a family-sharing setup. You, by your lonesome, can enable this setting on your Apple Watch if you want—no lunchbox or .edu email needed. I think it’s a great solution if you are looking for something a little more restricted than the Do Not Disturb mode. You’ll still get emergency notifications and be able to check the time, but it’ll be a lot harder for you to distract yourself with apps.

How to enable ‘Schooltime’ in watchOS 7

Enabling Schooltime is easy. Simply swipe up on your Apple Watch to pull up the Control Center. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Edit, and then scroll down until you see the icon of someone raising their hand—it’s under the “More” section. Tap the green plus sign to add that to your Control Center, and then tap on “Done.”

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To fire up Schooltime mode, simply tap on that new icon, and then tap on the yellow “Schooltime” box that appears. You’ll now enter Schooltime mode, which turns your Apple Watch face into this:

Illustration for article titled Apple Watchs Schooltime Isnt Just for Kids

Screenshot: David Murphy

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Even with this bright, yellow face enabled, your Apple Watch will still go to sleep as it normally does, but tapping the screen or flicking your wrist will only show you the time. The only way to get rid of it and go back to your normal Apple Watch is to turn your Digital Crown. When you do, you’ll get a notification that tells you how long you used Schooltime.

Setting up Schooltime is a smidge more complex if you’re a parent looking to put it on your kid’s Apple Watch—at least, if you want to be able to force a Schooltime schedule on your kid and/or see when they turned Schooltime off.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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