How to Customise Your Phone's Always On Display

Last Update date : Jul 26. 2022

The Always On Display or AOD is a feature available on most Samsung smartphones. It lets you view the time, date, notifications, missed calls, and more when your phone screen is turned off. Find out how you can enable the AOD and customise it to your own preferences.

Before you try the recommendations below, be sure to check if your device's software and related apps are updated to the latest version. To update your mobile device's software, follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Software update.

Step 2. Tap on Download and install.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

What is the Always On Display?

The Always On Display (AOD) setting lets you see key information from your phone on the standby screen. This includes your clock, images, notifications and what music is being played. The AOD allows you to get the information you need without unlocking your phone, saving you time and energy.

If you notice that you do not have an AOD, your AOD settings may be turned off. Conversely, you may want to turn off your AOD in order to save on battery power. Follow the steps below to enable or disable your AOD.

Step 1. Go to Settings.

Step 2. Tap on Lock screen.

Step 3. Toggle the switch beside Always On Display on/off.

turn on always on display

Under your Lock Screen Settings, tap on Always On Display. From here, you may adjust how and when you want your AOD to be shown.

adjust always on display settings
  • Tap to show for 10 seconds: This is the default setting. When it's activated, you must tap the screen to make your AOD appear for 10 seconds.

  • Show always: This setting will display AOD continuously whenever your phone screen is off. 

  • Show as scheduled: This setting shows your AOD based on a set schedule. Use this setting if you want AOD to display at certain times.

  • Clock style: You can customize the clock type and color. You can even upload your own images or GIFs. Tap Done to save.

  • Show music information: Enable this to show music information when the FaceWidgets music controller is in use.

  • Screen orientation: Choose whether you want your AOD to be displayed in Portrait mode and Landscape mode.

Note: AOD is turned on by default, but if it has been disabled, you will need to turn it on to access its settings. AOD is not available when a Power saving mode is turned on.

Select Clock style and color

You can also choose between different Clock styles and color. 

Step 1. From your Always On Display settings (refer to image in 'Adjust display options and settings' on how to reach this step).

Step 2. Tap on Clock style.

Step 3.  Under the Select clock tab, you can select different styles and colors for the AOD clock. Tap on Done once you have selected the style you like.

adjust always on display settings

Use stickers, images, GIFs and emojis for your AOD

Step 1. From Clock style (refer to above steps to learn how to reach this step.)

Step 2. Tap on the Image clock tab.

Step 3.  You will be able to select between your available stickers, images/GIFs from your Gallery and emojis.

Step 4. Tap Done and the selected AOD design will be saved. 

Use stickers, gifs, themes for AOD

Using a Theme for your AOD

If you are looking for a new AOD design, you may want to try downloading Themes to use as your AOD.
Do note that most themes need to be purchased.

Step 1. Under the Image clock tab,  tap on Themes. (Refer to above steps to learn how to reach this step.)

Step 2. You may browse and purchase the various themes under the AODs tab.

Using a theme for as your AOD

Step 3. To use a downloaded or purchased theme, tap on the Menu tab.

Step 4. Tap on My stuff and tap on AODs.

Step 5. Select the theme you would like to use for your AOD and tap Apply.

Using a theme for as your AOD

Note: Device screenshots and menus may vary depending on the device model and software version.

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