How to turn off the always-on display on the iPhone 15 Pro and 14 Pro

If you find the Always-On display feature distracting or annoying, it's easy to turn off.

By Stacey Butler - Senior Staff Writer
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The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro have an always-on display like the Apple Watch. Instead of turning off when your phone isn’t in use, the wallpaper on your lock screen darkens, keeping the date, time, widgets and other important information on your screen illuminated. Though many people enjoy the always-on display on their iPhone, others find it annoying, wile others feel that it consumes enough power to affect the battery drain throughout the day. So, eventually, Apple added a way to disable the always-on display if you don’t want to use it.

Let always-on go off automatically

The easiest way to turn off the always-on display on your iPhone is to not look at it. It’s easy to forget, but when you aren’t looking at your screen (such as when you have it in your pocket or turned face down on the table) the always-on display goes off after a short time.

Apple has a list of instances when the display is turned completely off in order to conserve battery:

  • Your iPhone is face down
  • Your iPhone is in your pocket or bag
  • Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay
  • Your iPhone is connected to your Apple Watch and you walk away.
  • Your iPhone is idle for a while (according to Apple, your iPhone learns your patterns and turns the AOD off automatically)
  • Sleep Focus is enabled
  • Low Power Mode is enabled
  • You’re using Continuity Camera

How to completely turn off always-on display

Always on Display is designed to minimize power consumption, but it does reduce battery life. Also, it can be annoying if you expect the screen to be blank when the iPhone is asleep. All of the situations above will turn off the AOD temporarily, but there is a way to manually disable the feature entirely. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Display & Brightness.
  3. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and toggle off Always On.
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By Stacey Butler Senior Staff Writer
Stacey is a senior staff writer at GeeksChalk and has been writing about Apple for nearly a decade. She covers all things Apple for GeeksChalk, including iPhones, iPads and Mac. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Stacey is often found hiking precarious landscapes or tinkering with a camera.
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