How to Set Up Always On Display on Your Samsung Phone

Samsung Galaxy phones introduced Always On Display long before the iPhone. Here’s how to set it up and use it.

Always On Display (AOD) allows you to get basic information from your Samsung Galaxy phone without having to turn on the screen. The type of information available in this display mode includes missed calls, notifications and time, and more.

This feature reduces the number of times you need to unlock your phone. You won’t be sucked down the social media rabbit hole if all you wanted to do was check the time. Here’s everything you need to know about Always On Display on your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet.

How to turn Always On Display on or off

Before proceeding, it is worth noting that AOD will affect your phone’s battery life. On Samsung Galaxy devices, AOD is enabled by default. If yours is inactive, do the following:

  1. Turn on your screen – whether locked or unlocked – and swipe down to access quick panel.
  2. Tap the Always on display icon to turn it on or off.
  3. Alternatively, you can unlock your phone and go settings.
  4. Type Always on display in the search bar to find the setting.
  5. From the search results, tap the setting, and then toggle the switch on the right on or off.

Adjust Always On Display settings

After enabling AOD on your Samsung Galaxy, you can customize it to your liking by tweaking a few settings.

  • You have to choose if you want to show both Home button and clockthe watch only, or the home button just next to your notifications.
  • You can use Tap to view if you want AOD to be visible only when needed. Using this setting helps save energy.
  • Use Show as scheduled you can run AOD at certain times of the day.
  • You can play around with that clock style Settings to get desired aesthetic look of your watch in AOD. This setting also allows you to add photos from your gallery, including GIFs for an animated AOD.
  • Switch Show music information shows you the details of the music or podcast you are listening to.
  • If you want to manually adjust the AOD brightness, you need to turn it off Automatic brightness and double tap the clock in AOD mode.

When you enable power saving mode on your Samsung Galaxy, Always On Display is automatically disabled. We recommend using Tap to view Option to save power as AOD can be a big battery drain on Samsung devices. Turning it off completely can add several hours of battery life on any given day.

Be more productive with Samsung’s Always On Display

With Always On Display, you only pick up your phone when absolutely necessary. You don’t have to manually check for notifications. A quick tap or a glance at your screen gives you all the information you need.

If you were expecting a notification, you can check your phone and vice versa. As a result, you can focus on other tasks without the temptation to open unproductive apps when you pick up your phone.

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