iPhone 14 Pro: Customize the Always On Display

In iOS 16.2, currently in beta, Apple allows iPhone 14 owners to customize certain elements of the always on display mode. Keep reading to learn how.

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The iPhone 14 Pro and ‌‌iPhone 14 Pro‌‌ Max come with a number of advanced features not included in the rest of the ‌iPhone 14‌ series. One of these features is the always-on display, which is made possible by a more energy-efficient OLED panel that can lower the refresh rate to just 1 Hz, extending battery life.

When the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ originally launched with iOS 16 installed, the always-on screen showed a dimmed version of the iPhone’s lock screen wallpaper behind any widgets and notifications, but there were no customization options.

This gave an idle ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ a standardized yet unique look compared to other devices with always-on displays, but some users wished they could change certain elements for a more subtle or obfuscated look.

For example, some users said that for security reasons it would be desirable to hide their notifications when the screen is always visible. Other users wanted the wallpaper to be hidden in always-on display mode, as its visibility can make an ‌iPhone‌ appear as if the screen is active when it is not, which can cause anxiety or confusion.

Fortunately, Apple listened to user feedback and in iOS 16.2, currently in beta, it added new customization options that let users hide notifications and the lock screen background from the always-on display mode. The following steps show you how.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌.
  2. Tap Display and brightness.
  3. Tap Always on display.
  4. Turn off the switch next to Show wallpaper.
  5. Turn off the switch next to Show notifications.


That’s all there is. The next time you put your locked ‌iPhone‌ down, the always-on screen will show the time and any widgets, but your wallpaper or your notifications, or both, will remain hidden depending on your settings.

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