Always On Display on your Galaxy phone

Phone screen displaying the time and date

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 Galaxy 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: The AOD feature will not cause screen burn-in. This is automatically prevented on phones because the AOD image is slightly repositioned on the screen over time. 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. Tap Show always to keep the feature on all the time. If you’d like to use AOD during certain times of the day, tap Show as scheduled and then select your preferred time. This option will help reduce battery consumption.

Always On Display turned On with a Galaxy phone

Note: Always On Display is not available on the Cover screen for the Galaxy Z Flip or Galaxy Z Flip 5G.

Adjust your AOD's display options and settings

Note: 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 a Power saving mode is turned on.

As you probably already know, Always On Display shows important information on your Galaxy phone's screen when it's turned off. However, there are a couple settings and display mode options that you can adjust.

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.

  • 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. This setting will help conserve battery.

  • 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. Keep in mind that this setting will use more battery power.

A list of settings for Always On Display on a Galaxy phone
  • 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. This setting will reduce AOD's battery consumption.

  • 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.

  • Clock style: You can customize the clock type and color.

  • Rotate screen to: Choose between Portrait mode and Landscape mode.

  • 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 Galaxy phone.

From Settings, search for and select Always On Display. Tap Always On Display again, and then tap Clock style. 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.

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 or tap the price (i.e., $0.99). If needed, enter your purchase information. 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 on a Galaxy phone

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