Enjoy iPhone’s always-on display – 9to5Mac

With the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple introduced its first smartphone with an always-on display. Now with the upcoming iOS 16.2 release, users will get flexibility with the feature to tweak it. Here’s how to customize iPhone’s always-on display.

While the iPhone 14 Pro getting an always-on display is generally welcome, some felt it was a bit too much with colorful wallpapers and notifications.

With iOS 16.2 (currently in beta), Apple is set to please those looking for customization as you can disable the display and notifications for the always-on display. It results in a more subtle – and Android-like – experience all the time.

How to customize iPhone always-on display in iOS 16.2

Note: iOS 16.2 is now available for developers or public beta testers (learn how to install). It is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Unlock your iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max Settings app
  • Swipe down and select Signs & Lighting
  • Swipe down and tap Always On Display
  • Under the main switch, you can now open your own wallpaper and / or notifications

Here’s what the process looks like to enable always-on iPhone display:

Customize your iPhone's always-on display 1

Apple is expected to release iOS 16.2 to everyone in December. However, if you want to get started with this feature early, you can install the public beta for free. If you haven’t already, we have a full explanation here:

As a reminder, for Apple, even if you enable the always-on feature, the screen will go completely dark if:

  • Your iPhone is facing away
  • Your iPhone is in your pocket or purse
  • Sleep Focus is on
  • Low Power Mode is on
  • Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay
  • You are using Continuous Camera
  • You haven’t used your iPhone for a while (your iPhone learns your activity patterns and turns the display on and off accordingly, even if you set an alarm or sleep schedule)
  • Your iPhone indicates that you’re away from it with an Apple Watch attachment (When the Apple Watch is close to your iPhone again, the Always-On display will turn on)

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