How to enable or disable Always On Display on iPhone?

Always On Display has been a permanent fixture on Android smartphones for years now. But Apple recently brought Always On Display to iOS with the launch of the iPhone 14 series. Always On Display does exactly what it says on the tin. It keeps your screen on even when you lock it. You will be able to see the clock along with the notifications and messages that appear on your screen. As you may have guessed, Always On Display also eats up a good chunk of your iPhone’s battery. Many users may not want to use it all the time. In this article, we show you how to enable or disable Always On Display on your iPhone.

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This is how you can enable or disable the always-on screen on your iPhone

Step 1: Open Settings and select Display & brightness.

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Step 2: Scroll down and turn on the toggle bar for “Always on.” If you want to disable Always on Screen, turn off the toggle bar.

How to enable or disable Always On Display on iPhone

Can you enable Always On Display on iPhone 13 or below?

No, Always On Display is only available on current iPhone 14 series. Even if you have updated to iOS 16 on your iPhone 13, you still cannot use this feature. This is because Always On Display works differently on iOS than it does on Android. While on Android you can only see the clock and important notifications when always-on display is enabled, on iOS you can even see your lock screen wallpaper. Your iPhone dims the background image and lowers the refresh rate to 1Hz to consume less battery power. When you activate your home screen, the refresh rate returns to its normal level.

Apple’s ProMotion display allows you to adapt your refresh rate each time you wake up the home screen. This feature is not available on iPhones prior to the iPhone 13. While the iPhone 13 can lower its refresh rate to 10Hz, it still cannot achieve the 1Hz refresh rate required for Always On Display. The difference in battery efficiency when the refresh rate drops to 1Hz compared to 10Hz is considerable. That’s why Apple may never offer Always On Display for iPhone 13.

Does AOD keep your screen active at all times?

No, there are certain situations where the screen turns off completely even when always-on display is enabled on your iPhone. This is when the screen will go completely dark to save battery life.

  • When your iPhone is face down
  • When your iPhone is in your pocket or bag
  • When Sleep Focus is on
  • When low power mode is activated
  • When your iPhone is connected to Apple CarPlay
  • When you are using the Continuity Camera
  • When you haven’t used your iPhone for a while
  • When you wear an Apple Watch and walk away from your iPhone

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This is how you can enable or disable Always On Display on an iPhone. It is suggested to use the always-on display when you do not use your iPhone for a long period of time. In this way, you can easily see essential information such as the time or notifications of any new messages. However, if you use your phone quite often, the always-on display will only be a drain on the battery.

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