While there’s a lot of focus on the new Dynamic Island with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple is bringing another exciting feature. For years, if you wanted to see any of your notifications, you would need to tap the display or press one of the buttons on your iPhone. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case as the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models have an Always-On Display.
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How to Turn off Always-On Display on iPhone 14 Pro
The Always-On Display is a feature that Android phones have had for years. It makes it easier than ever to glance at your phone and see what notifications are vying for your attention. Plus, with the all-new customizable Lock Screen with iOS 16, you’ll even be able to see your widgets and the clock.
However, if you’re not the biggest fan of the Always-On Display, or just want to save a bit of battery life, you’re in luck. Here’s how you can turn off Always-On Display on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max.
- Scroll down and tap Display & Brightness.
- Scroll down again until you see Always On.
- Tap the toggle next to Always On to turn off the feature.
Moving forward, in order to view or interact with your notifications and Lock Screen, you’ll need to tap the display or press the Side Button. Turning off the Always-On Display doesn’t remove any of the other functionality of your device.
Is the Always-On Display actually “Always On”?
If this is your first time owning a device that features an Always-On Display, you might be wondering how this works. Along with dimming the display and lowering the refresh rate to just 1Hz, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max won’t actually keep the screen on at all times. There are times when you don’t need to see the screen, and using the proximity sensor, your iPhone can intelligently turn it off when it’s not needed.
Here are the times when the Always-On Display will not be shown, according to Apple’s support documents:
- 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)
In pretty much any other instance, the iPhone 14 Pro’s Alway’s-On Display will be shown, allowing you to quickly glance down and see the Lock Screen widgets or incoming messages.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.