Enable Always On Display on Any Samsung Nougat Device Without Root

Enable Always On Display on Any Samsung Nougat Device Without Root

Always on Display is a nifty feature available in flagship Samsung phones, and finally on the new Google Pixel 2/2 XL. Introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Always on Display takes advantage of the AMOLED screen to light up parts of the screen with a clock or other widget without having a noticeable impact on battery life. Samsung states that Always on Display is limited to newer Samsung phones (like the aforementioned S7 series and the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8) due to hardware optimizations necessary for battery life, but that doesn’t mean other Samsung devices can’t enjoy the feature.


XDA Member Sachin Kumar53 has managed to clone Samsung’s Always on Display feature from the latest Galaxy flagships to work on all Samsung devices running Android Nougat. The best part of all? It does not require root or any special ADB permissions. You just need two applications: Always On Display and Always On Display Plugin Service.

Each app is essential to making this work, so both need to be installed in order to use the feature. Once you’ve installed both apps, though, you will be able to use and customize Always on Display by going to Settings –> Display.

If you’d like to give this a try on your phone, head over to the official thread in our forums below to download the latest versions. Keep in mind that the app is still under development so there will be some features that may not work. However, the developer says that these little issues will be ironed out over time.

As we said before, you will need a Galaxy device running Android Nougat 7.0+ on official Samsung Experience/TouchWiz ROMs, meaning that older Samsung Galaxy owners as well as custom AOSP-based ROMs will not be able to use AOD.

Download AOD for any Samsung Nougat Phone

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