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What is Always On Display on your Galaxy phone?

Galaxy S10+ on wood  table displaying 12:45, Mon, February 4

Don't you wish you could look at your phone and see the time without pressing any buttons? With Always On Display, you can do just that. The AOD feature on your phone lets you view the time, date, notifications, missed calls, and more when the screen is turned off. And with the One UI interface, you can do even more with AOD.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model. 

Turn Always On Display on or off

Always On Display is very handy, but maybe you want to save some battery power. No worries, you can turn your AOD on or off whenever you want.

From Settings, search for and select Always On Display. Tap Always On Display, and then tap the switch to turn it on or off.

From this screen, you can also adjust the AOD's settings, such as when it will appear.

Always On Display turned On

What's new with AOD on One UI

Important: AOD is turned on by default, but if it has been disabled, you will need to turn it on to access its settings. Also, AOD is not available when the power saving modes are turned on.

As you probably already know, Always On Display shows important information on your phone's screen when it's turned off. However, there are a couple new changes and display mode options. To access them, follow these steps:

From Settings, search for and select Always On Display, and then tap Always On Display. From this screen, you can adjust AOD's new features.

A list of Always On Display settings

Display Mode: Use this setting to customize when Always On Display will appear on your phone. View more options below:

  • Tap to Show: This is the default setting. When it's activated, you must tap the screen to make your AOD appear for 30 seconds.

  • Show Always: This setting will display AOD continuously whenever your phone screen is off. Use this setting if you don't want to tap anything to see your AOD.

  • 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. For example, you can set your AOD to only display during your work day and turn off while you're asleep.

Screen Orientation: Use this setting to make your AOD display either vertically or horizontally on your screen.

Show Music information: Use this setting to show music information on your screen when it's off. This is useful because you'll see the artist and track information of a song without having to unlock your phone.

Auto brightness: This setting is on by default and automatically adjusts the brightness level of your AOD. To manually control the brightness level, tap the switch next to Auto Brightness. Then, use the slider bar to set your desired brightness level. Alternatively, you can double tap the clock when your AOD displays, and then adjust the brightness level there.

Customize your AOD's Clock style

Whether it's digital or analog, everyone has a preferred way to tell the time. With AOD, you can choose the clock style that appears on your phone.

From Settings, search for and select Clock style. Tap Clock style, and then tap Always On Display. From here, you can choose your desired clock style. You can also change the clock’s color. Tap Color, and then select your desired color. When you are finished, tap Done.

Clock styles listed with Type, Color, Cancel, and Done options

Download new Clock styles for your AOD

Pick a theme that matches your interests—Angry Birds, anyone?

From a Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, and then tap Themes. Tap AODs, select an AOD theme you like, and then tap Download. Once it’s downloaded, tap Apply, choose your desired preferences, and then tap Done. Your new design will now display on your phone's screen when the AOD is active.

AODs tab selected in Themes screen

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