The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are Apple’s first smartphones with always-on displays. But I prefer Android’s more minimalistic AoDs: with the screen off, no wallpaper, just the clock. Fortunately, you can also achieve this display on the iPhone with a simple setting in iOS 16. I’ll show you how to do this in our how-to.
The Always-On Display feature is exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Basically, Apple’s AoD looks just like a regular iPhone lockscreen, except the screen is a little darker. Personally, I find the iPhone 14 Pro (Max) always-on display to be a bit cluttered. I don’t necessarily need to see my background image. I only want to see the time, my notifications and possibly my widgets.
In the iOS 16 settings, you can use the do not disturb mode to use a “real”, minimalist always-on display, as you know it from Android smartphones.
how do i get one real Always-on display on my iPhone 14 Pro (Max)?
First, make sure you have enabled the always-on display feature on the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max.
- Go to the settings and then to brightness and display.
- Activates the switch with the label always On.
Then, to get the famous “true” always-on display like Android on your iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max:
- Go to the settings and then to focus.
- Taps Do not bother and then up options
- Activates the switch with the heading Dim the locked screen.
- Switch before or after locking your iPhone via the control center in the Do not disturb mode.
Then simply switch to Do Not Disturb mode via the iOS 16 control center. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the iPhone screen and press the button to the left of the brightness bar, as shown in the video below..
Once activated, the lock screen will be completely darkened, making it appear as if the iPhone’s screen is off. And only the clock, widgets (if any) and notifications (manually allowed) will be visible. In short: it’s like on an Android smartphone.
This solution remains a tinkering and is not optimal in 100% of the cases. Do not disturb mode blocks notifications. So you have to manually select applications and contacts to allow them to bypass Do Not Disturb Mode restrictions. In order to do this:
- go to settings and then to focus.
- Taps Do not bother
- go to persons and or appto grant permissions and receive notifications.
What do you think of this iOS 16 tip? Do you also think that Apple’s always-on display is too cluttered? Or do you like Apple’s solution better than Android’s?
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