Do you check for new notifications from mail or chatting apps more often? If so, having your mobile screen widgets ON will help you to get an instant view of all essential information and notifications. If you are an iPhone user looking for this feature in your iPhone, there is good news for you! The always-on display feature has finally made its way into iPhones 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max. Like capturing smooth videos with Action Mode on iPhone 14, the Always On feature is exclusive to 14 Pro & Pro Max, and the users can see the crucial information in lock screen widgets without any need to get into the phone home screen anymore. If that seems interesting, you shall find out how to enable the Always-on display feature on iPhone here.
What is an Always-On Display Feature
Always-On display on your iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max is a helpful feature that dims the Lock Screen and displays essential information. Your iPhone displays your lock screen, colorful wallpaper, lock screen widgets, new notifications, and the current day, date, and time in a dim state. The feature uses new technologies to keep the display ON with incredible power efficiency. When you enable the Always-on feature, it dimly lits up your iPhone even when it is asleep.
FYI: No sensitive data is displayed on the screen when the device is in Always On mode.
The iPhone uses multiple coprocessors in the A16 Bionic to implement the always-on feature. It keeps the display ON by using a new low-power mode that uses minimal power to do this. The new screen technology used in iPhone refreshes the screen at a rate of 1 Hz, which is only one time per second.
Along with this, it also uses new technology to maintain the display of the Lock Screen to dim even when your device goes asleep or is in idle mode, just like the Apple Watch. You can turn back your iPhone to full brightness at any time you want by tapping the screen or by enabling the Raise to Wake option. You can also press the side button or swipe up from the bottom of your screen display to wake your iPhone up and activate Face ID authentication or passcode screen.
Important Note: With the iOS 16 update, you shall unsend messages on your iPhone that you regret sending within 2 minutes.
Power Saving mode in Always-On Display
To save the battery life of your iPhone, the Always On display goes completely dark when,
- You place your iPhone upside down position
- When your iPhone is kept in your pocket or bag
- Sleep Focus is enabled.
- Low Power Mode is enabled.
- Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay
- You are using Continuity Camera on your iPhone
- Your iPhone remains in an idle state for a while.
- The Always-on feature keeps a note on your daily routine activities and learns about the activity patterns. Accordingly, your iPhone turns the display off and on automatically when needed. For example, when you set up an alarm or sleep schedule, your iPhone turns displays ON and OFF accordingly.
- Your iPhone detects your presence or absence when you pair your iPhone with your Apple Watch. Accordingly, the Always-On display feature will enable ON & OFF based on Whether your Apple Watch is nearby or far away.
How to Enable Always On Display on iPhone
The Always-On display feature is enabled by default on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. If you turn it OFF and want to enable Always On display on your iPhone again, then follow the below steps.
1). On your iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, open the Settings menu by clicking the Settings app
2). From the Settings Menu, select Display & Brightness
3) Under the Display & Brightness menu, scroll down the option and reach out the Always On option
4). Finally, You can turn ON the Always On display feature by toggling the button.
5). You can also turn on the Raise to Wake option, which lies just before the Always On option. The option is useful when you want to wake from the lock screen automatically by raising your iPhone with a swipe.
When launching the feature, there is no option to customize the look of the lock screen on Always-On Display mode by the user. But luckily, the iPhone has come up with an added option that allows the user to personalize the lock screen with desired widgets, photos, color, font style, clock style, and wallpaper. However, the feature to choose a more minimal black-and-white always-on lock screen is unavailable on iPhone. Let us hope Apple will include the feature in forthcoming software updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. There is an option to personalize your Always-On display by customizing your Lock Screen with any images, photos, or wallpapers. You can also include stylized fonts and colors and widgets on the lock screen.
Yes. You can turn Off the Always On display feature on your iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max by disabling the Always On option by navigating to Setting > Display & Brightness > Always on ( toggle off).
Yes. Nowadays, iPhone displays use AMOLED displays which need only a few pixels to turn on. However, the energy consumption depends greatly on the screen’s color, sensors, and processors while the display is in use. This extra energy drain amounts roughly to 3% of the battery.