Learn how to customize your always-on display on iPhone 14 to suit your preferred screen preferences, including turning the feature off completely.
The iPhone 14 introduced an always-on display that had been rumored for years. The basic implementation that launched with this iPhone wasn’t great for many hoping for lots of customization options as the screen basically left people looking for ways to turn it off.
Apple responded in January with a software update that allowed more flexibility and customization of the always-on display, including the ability to turn it off completely if desired. We’ll look at these options in this article and show you how to customize your iPhone 14’s always-on display to your liking.
How to customize your iPhone 14’s always-on display
There are several options that allow you to customize the look of your lock screen when the screen is set to use always-on mode.
To learn about and change these customization options, complete the following steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Select Display & Brightness | always on display (Image A).
Of these options, disabling the Always On Display option will completely disable the feature and your iPhone will revert to a pre-iPhone 14 lock screen that sleeps during normal setup. This reduces the additional load on the battery and extends battery life when the always-on display is not in use.
If you prefer the always-on display but don’t like to show wallpaper or notifications, you can also disable those items individually in this location.
If you uncheck the Show wallpaper option, the screen will have a black background. This looks very nice on the OLED display and matches what other Android manufacturers are doing with their always-on displays.
If you prefer not to see notifications on the lock screen of the always-on screen, you can also turn off the Show notifications option so that incoming notifications are not shown on the screen when your phone is in sleep mode with the always-on feature display.
These options are a big help in customizing a feature that launched without options, but we’d also like to see additional ones available in iOS 17 later this year.