How to Customize Always On Display on iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max

With each passing year, Apple push more and more features to the Pro-branded iPhones. This year, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max come with the anticipated Always On Display, Dynamic Island, ProMotion Display, a new set of cameras, and more. Obviously, the Always On Display and Dynamic Island are the new features in the Pro lineup.

Apple’s implementation of Always On Display, aka, AOD is different than what we’ve seen in Android phones. Initially, the feature dims out the background on the lock screen and adds more details to the clock and widgets available on the lock screen. But with the release of iOS 16.2, Apple brings some customization options to the AOD on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. If you own the latest Pro series iPhone and want to customize AOD, then here’s how you can do it on your iPhone easily.

AOD is one of the best features available on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The feature takes the advantage of the OLED panel and drops the refresh rate to as low as 1Hz, which obviously prolongs battery life. The new AOD customization features on iOS 16.2 have the option to disable the wallpaper on the lock screen as well as the notifications.

If you want Android-like Always On Display on your iPhone, then you can customize the lock screen without installing any third-party app on your iPhone. All you need to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 16.2 software.

Just wanted to make a quick note that, according to Apple, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max’s display will go completely dark in the following cases, no matter whether you have AOD turned on or off.

  • Your iPhone is lying face down
  • Your iPhone is in your pocket or bag
  • Sleep Focus is on
  • Low Power Mode is on
  • Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay
  • You’re using Continuity Camera
  • You haven’t used your iPhone for a while (your iPhone learns your activity patterns and turns the display off and on accordingly, including if you set up an alarm or sleep schedule)
  • Your iPhone detects that you moved away from it with a paired Apple Watch (Always-On display will turn on when your Apple Watch is close to your iPhone again)

How to Customize AOD on iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max

Always On Display, new customization options are available on iOS 16.2 or newer versions, so, make sure to update your iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max to the newer software. If your phone is already running on the latest software, then you can follow the below steps to customize the AOD on your iPhone.

How to Customize Always On Display on iPhone 14 Pro
  1. Open the Settings on your iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max.
  2. Select Display & Brightness, then tap Always On Display.
  3. Turn the toggle on for Always On Display, once turned on you will see two more options – Show Wallpaper and Show Notifications.
  4. If you want a clean Android-like AOD on your iPhone, then you can turn the toggle off for both Wallpaper and Notifications, or you can go as you like.

If you want back the older AOD look on your iPhone, then you can leave the Show Wallpaper enabled in the Always On Display settings.

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Haneet Singh

Haneet is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of YTECHB. He has a huge passion for tinkering with latest smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, smart TVs, and more. As an avid Apple Ecosystem user, he loves customizing his iPhone and iPad to suit his needs. For tips, you can connect Haneet at haneetsingh@outlook.com In 2019, Haneet and the YTECHB team exclusively shared the wallpapers of iPhone 11 right before the launch event. In 2020, Haneet alongside his team members shared exclusive renders and official photos of two Samsung Galaxy smartphones - the Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M21. Later, the YTECHB team leaks information about Motorola's feature phones and Razr 3. In the last few months, our team shared Galaxy S24 Ultra leaks and more. You may come across his work getting mentioned in The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, NDTV, TechRadar, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, GSMArena, Android Authority, Android Central, Android Headlines, SamMobile, XDA, 9to5Google, and many other publications. He works across news, updates, features, guides, and more. If YTECHB writes about it, you can expect him to be involved in some way.

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