With the launch of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple finally brought an always-on display to millions of iPhone users around the world. Apple’s implementation, however, is different from what you would have seen on Android phones in recent years. Instead of turning off the screen and just showing the time and notifications, Apple has taken things a step further and just dims the screen and lowers the refresh rate to 1Hz. So whether you like the iPhone 14 Pro’s AOD and whether you want to turn it on, or you don’t like it and want to turn it off, here’s how to turn always-on display on or off on the iPhone 14 Pro (and Pro Max).
Enable/Disable iPhone 14 AOD Feature
Personally, I don’t like the always-on display implemented like Apple has. It’s more entertaining, and it has to be a drum hog for sure. Although we discuss how to enable always-on display first, if you’re like me and just want to disable it, you can use the table of contents below to jump straight to this section.
Enable iPhone 14 Always on Display
Always on Display is enabled by default on the iPhone 14 Pro. However, if it’s not enabled for you or you accidentally disabled it, here’s how to enable AOD on iPhone.
- Go to Settings -> Display & Brightness.
- Here, make sure the toggle next to “Always On” is enabled.
Now, whenever you lock your iPhone screen, it doesn’t go completely blank. Instead, it will lower the brightness and lower the refresh rate to 1Hz to save battery.
Disable AOD on iPhone 14
If you’re like me and want to turn off AOD on your iPhone, here’s how:
- Go to Settings -> Display & Brightness.
- Here, enable the toggle next to “Always on”.
Now your iPhone 14 will not enter always-on display mode when you lock the screen and put your iPhone to sleep. That’s fine in case you find the new AOD feature distracting and more trouble than its worth.
Best wallpapers to use with Always On Display
Since this is Apple we’re talking about, the transition from screen on to always-on display is really smooth and has some neat animations. Also, some wallpapers work very well with always-on display. So here are some of the best wallpapers you can use with iPhone 14 Pro AOD:
Pride wallpaper is by far the best wallpaper you can use with AOD. Not only does it look absolutely stunning, it changes when the AOD is on and the animation is really cool. Also, when you unlock your iPhone, it goes smoothly with the lock screen.
Astronomy wallpapers also work great with the always on display. There are subtle animations of the earth (or moon) as the display transitions between its two phases, and the clock also transitions from background to foreground.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does the always-on display turn off automatically?
iPhone AOD automatically shuts down under two conditions. When you put your iPhone in your pocket, the screen always turns off. Also, if you’re wearing an Apple Watch and step away from your iPhone, it will also turn off the always-on display. This is great for making sure your wallpaper and widgets aren’t accidentally visible to anyone when you’re away from your iPhone.
Q. Can I customize the iPhone Always on Display?
At the moment, iOS 16 does not offer any customization for always-on display. You can turn it on or off, and that’s it. Hopefully Apple will allow users to customize their AOD with future updates, but it’s Apple so it may just be a pipe dream.
Q. Does AOD impact battery life?
In our limited testing so far, we can’t say conclusively if the always-on display impacts the battery life of the iPhone 14 Pro. However, there will likely be a fairly obvious impact on battery life with AOD, as the always-on-display Apple Watch also significantly affects its battery life.
Easily control AOD on iPhone
Well, this is how you can easily enable or disable always-on display on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Whether you want to always be aware of the time, notifications, and widgets on your iPhone, or want to reduce battery life, it’s good to know that Apple has at least given users the option to choose whether they want AOD on their iPhone or not. So what do you think of the always-on-screen iPhone 14 Pro series? Let us know in the comments.