Always On Display has been a permanent fixture on Android smartphones for years now. But Apple only recently brought the Always On Display to iOS with the launch of the iPhone 14 series. Always On Display does exactly what it says. It keeps your display turned on even when you lock your screen. You will be able to see the clock along with the notifications and messages that pop up on your screen. As you may have guessed, the Always On Display consumes a fair bit of your iPhone’s battery as well. So 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.
Here’s how you can enable or disable the Always On Display on your iPhone
Step 1: Open Settings and select Display and Brightness.
Step 2: Scroll down and turn the toggle bar on for ‘Always On.’ If you want to disable Always On Display, turn the toggle bar off.
Can you enable Always On Display on iPhone 13 or lower?
No, Always On Display is only available on the 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 the Always On Display is enabled, on iOS you can even view your lock screen wallpaper in the background. Your iPhone dims the background image and drops the refresh rate to 1Hz in order to consume less battery. When you activate your home screen, the refresh rate jumps back to its normal level.
Apple’s ProMotion display allows it to adapt its refresh rate every time you activate the home screen. This feature isn’t available on iPhones older than iPhone 13. While iPhone 13 can drop its refresh rate down 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 down to 1Hz compared to 10Hz is considerable. This is why Apple may never offer Always On Display for iPhone 13.
Does AOD keep your display active at all times?
No, there are certain situations when the display completely shuts off even when Always On Display is enabled on your iPhone. Here’s when the display will go completely dark to save battery life.
- When your iPhone is lying face down
- When your iPhone is in your pocket or bag
- When Sleep Focus is on
- When Low Power Mode is on
- When your iPhone is connected to Apple CarPlay
- When you’re using Continuity Camera
- When you haven’t used your iPhone in a while
- When you’re wearing an Apple Watch and you move away from your iPhone
This is how you can enable or disable Always On Display on an iPhone. Using the Always On Display is suggested when you don’t use your iPhone for an extended period of time. This way you can easily glance at essential information like the time or notifications for any new messages. However, if you are on your phone pretty regularly, the Always On Display will only be a strain on the battery.
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