How to enable Black and White AOD on iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max

With the launch of the new iPhone 14 Pro series, there are a lot of things that would make you want to purchase the pro models over the base models. For starters, the higher refresh rate, the new Dynamic Island, and also a new feature that has finally made its way to the iPhones which is Always on Display. While it is a good addition, the AOD on iPhone 14 looks like the screen is on which can be distracting at times. And if you want an Android like AOD then this guide is for you. Here you can enable simple Always on Display on iPhone 14 Pro models.

Always on Display for the iPhone 14 Pro models is quite basic. It simply dims the elements on the lock screen. And many times it feels like the screen is still bright.

Dim AOD on iPhone 14 Pro

Of course, the Always on Display for the iPhones reduces the refresh rate to 1 hertz and displays the clock and the album art of the song currently playing in the background. However, there is a way that you can follow to make the screen feel bit darker or dimmer. Thanks to a finding from 9to5Mac, you can follow this method. But as you would expect from such a workaround, there are a few drawbacks while using this feature.

Enable darker Always on Display for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max

Now, you need to understand that this is a workaround to get a dimmer lock screen while the Always on Display feature has been enabled. So, not everyone would be fine with tweaking a few adjustments to get a darker lock screen. With this point in mind, let’s get started.

The Procedure

Let’s take a look at the steps you need to follow to enable this darker Always on Display lock screen mode for your iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max devices.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max.
  2. Navigate over to Focus and choose the Focus mode by tapping on the Do Not Disturb option.
  3. Under the Customize Screen options, tap Choose under the lock screen image.
  4. You will be taken to the Notification options screen.
  5. Over here you will have to tap on the Toggle that says Dim Lock Screen.
  6. Once you have the toggle on and the Always in Display mode on, your lock screen will now be dimmer with UI elements of the Always on Display in black and white. As well as your lock screen widgets in the same black and white color scheme.

The Drawbacks

Because this is a workaround as the Always on Display has no other settings or options, there are a few drawbacks that you will face.

  • With Focus Mode enabled, you will not be getting any audible notification alerts.
  • The UI will always be in black-and-white mode.
  • You will see a blurred wallpaper when you wake up your iPhone.
  • There will always be a Focus Mode label present at the bottom of the lock screen.

If you are in need of the minimal Always on Display then this is the perfect method for you. It remakes the iPhone 14 Pro’s Always on Display similar to AOD on Android phones. This way you won’t have doubts that you forgot to lock your phone.

So there you have it. A simpler workaround to get a dimmer or darker Always on Display on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max models when the Always on Display is enabled. Fair enough, it’s not the best solution out there, but it does work and if the drawbacks are something that doesn’t bother you at all, then you can go ahead and get this simpler yet darker Always on Display mode. If you have questions or queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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By Joshua D'souza

Enjoys games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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