Always On Display (AOD) (“Always active screen”) is a function of AMOLED displays that allows you to display useful information (time, date, battery status, SMS, notifications) on the device’s screen without having to unlock it. Nokia was first introduced on the N86 in 2009, and on Samsung smartphones in the Galaxy S7 in 2016.
Samsung smartphones with Always On Display support
AOD runs on the following Samsung Galaxy devices: Galaxy S7 / S7 edge, Galaxy S8 / S8, Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus, Galaxy A3, A5, A7 (2017), Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A8 / A8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10e / S10 / S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50, etc.
How to enable Always On Display
Method number 1: through the notification panel.
Open the panel with icons and activate the Always On Display function by clicking on the icon. By default, it may be on the second screen, so scroll to the right if necessary. By clicking on the icon and holding it, you can go to the AOD settings.
Method number 2: through the settings menu.
Go to “Settings”. “Lock Screen”. slide the slider to the right on Always On Display. Clicking on the inscription, go to the settings.
How to disable Always On Display
Similarly to the 2 methods above: deactivate the icon or move the slider to the left.
Setting Always On Display
There are 2 display options: “Always display” and “Schedule setting”. This allows you to choose whether the AOD will be constantly on or at a specific time.
In the menu “Settings”. “Lock screen” we find the tab “Clock and information”, and under it “Clock style”. There are 6 styles and 13 colors to choose from by default. To add more styles read below.
In the “FaceWidgets” tab, we configure what else we want to control on the AOD: Music Management, Schedule for Today, Next Alarm Clock and Weather.
In the contact information you can write your phone number or any text. It will appear on the AOD under the date.
On Android 9 Pie, Samsung plans to add the “Tap to Show” option, activating which, just double-click on the screen to wake up the AOD for 30 seconds. This will only cause it when needed.
Design (style / themes) Always On Display
Manual adjustment by the developer is not provided. The brightness is automatically adjusted depending on the lighting: dim in the dark, brighter in the light.
Does the screen always spoil the Always On Display
It is known that OLED screens are prone to “burnout” with a long static image and developers use software methods to combat this phenomenon. Samsung has also introduced a special algorithm that protects against pixel burnout, so there’s nothing to worry about. The complaints of some users are more likely addressed to the virtual Home button, since it constantly lights up when AOD is on, but even here, due to the constant micromotion in a given area relative to the center, invisible to our eyes, it is not always in one place.
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