How to enable or disable the ‘Always on screen’ of the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max

One of the rumors we had been chasing for years was the arrival of the Always-on-display function or Always active screen to the iPhone. Rumors pointed to its arrival with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. However, it was not until the arrival of the iPhone 14 that it decided to integrate a long-awaited function. In fact, only users of a iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max can enjoy Always-On Display, a tool that allows the user to always have information on the lock screen even if the iPhone is locked. We tell you all the details of this function and how to manage its settings below.

What is this ‘Always active screen’ or Always-on-display?

The Always-on Display or Always-on-Display (AOD) came to smartphones years ago led by the Android operating system. However, we have discovered that evolution has paid off. Until now, this mode on Android devices was a lock screen different from the usual one, almost always with black and white colors in which the time and some other information could be seen. but without any interaction.

The arrival of the iPhone 14 in the keynote of September of this year revealed the arrival of the long-awaited function. Nevertheless, only the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max were going to be able to enjoy it. However, the operation of this function is very different from the operation of the function on Android devices, as specified by Apple on numerous occasions.

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This is how the Always On screen of the iPhone 14 Pro works

Thanks to the A16 chip and new hardware in these iPhones in line with iOS 16, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, when they have Always On Display, They work with a screen refresh rate of 1 Hz. This allows consumption to be greatly reduced, in addition to slightly dimming the lock screen. That is why it is different from the rest. It doesn’t completely change colors or anything like that. It simply is the same lock screen but slightly grayed out.

However, these devices are smart and although the Always On Display is enabled by default on these iPhones automatically and temporarily deactivates in the following situations where its constant activation is not necessary:

  • The iPhone is upside down.
  • The iPhone is in your pocket or bag.
  • Sleep mode is activated.
  • Battery save mode is activated.
  • The iPhone is connected to CarPlay.
  • You are using the Camera with the Continuity feature.
  • You haven’t used iPhone in a while (iPhone recognizes your activity patterns and turns the screen on and off accordingly, even if you’ve set an alarm or sleep schedule).
  • iPhone detects that you moved away from it using a paired Apple Watch (the always-on display turns on when Apple Watch is near iPhone again).

How to turn Always On Display on or off in iOS 16

How to activate the always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max

As we have mentioned, the function always on display comes enabled by default on iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. It is likely that many are uncomfortable with always having the screen on at any time, so we can deactivate it whenever we want.

To do this, we will have to do the following:

  1. Access iOS Settings
  2. Click on Display and brightness
  3. Search for ‘Always’ and activate or deactivate it depending on what we want