How to enable Always On Display on any Android phone

How to enable Always On Display on any Android phone

The “Always on Display” made its Android debut on the Samsung Galaxy S7 in 2016. The feature has since become common on most Android devices these days. For those unfamiliar, the Always on Display is basically exactly what it sounds like. Information is displayed in a low-power mode when the display is “off.” Usually, that information includes a clock, notification icons, battery status, and next alarm.

One important aspect of the Always on Display is, unsurprisingly, the display. Samsung phones use OLED displays, which don’t require much power when displaying black pixels. That means the Always on Display won’t suck up a ton of battery all day. A lot of the popular flagship phones have adopted OLED panels. If your device has OLED, you should give it a try. We’ll show you how to use it.

Samsung Galaxy Phones

  1. Go to Settings > Lock screen and security
  2. Scroll down to Always On Display
  3. Toggle the switch on and tap Always On Display
  4. Tweak the options to make it look and act how you want

You can customize the look of the clock and widgets as well.

  1. Go back to Settings > Lock screen and security
  2. Scroll down and select Clock and FaceWidgets
  3. You’ll see customization options for Clock style and other elements

Pixel Phones

  1. Go to Settings > Display
  2. Tap Advanced and then Ambient display (Google’s name for Always-on display)
  3. Google has several options for when it appears
    • Always on
    • Double-tap
    • Lift to check phone
    • New notifications arrive

LG Phones

  1. Go to Settings > Display
  2. Select Always-on display
  3. Toggle the switch on
  4. Tap Content to choose the clock style and display information
  5. Customize the Daily timeout and toggle on Brighter display if you wish

A lot of phones have the Always on Display feature, but these three are the most common. The steps will be similar for other devices as well. You can usually find it in the Display settings. However, if your device does not have an Always on Display built-in, we can show you a few apps to do the trick.

3rd-Party Apps

If your phone doesn’t have an Always on Display you can mimic one with a number of 3rd-party apps. Keep in mind that these may negatively affect battery life more than the native solutions, especially if you have an LCD display. Check out these apps to get the Always on Display on your phone.

Always on AMOLED

Always On AMOLED - BETA
Always On AMOLED - BETA
Developer: Tomer Rosenfeld
Price: Free+

Custom AOD