Fix: Always-On Display not Working on iPhone 14 Pro [iOS 16]

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With the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, Apple has finally entered the Always-On Display segment. Though the same feature has been available in Android for eternity now, Apple’s AOD is a bit different and in my opinion, it’s not up to the mark.

Anyways, only the Apple iPhone 14 Pro smartphones running iOS 16 have been blessed with AOD. The reason is that these smartphones come with OLED LTPO 2.0 display, which enables them to go as low as 1Hz in refresh rate. But some users are reporting that the Always-On Display is not working on their iPhones.

Regarding that, here is a guide compiling the different fixes and troubleshoots that you can try to get the AOD fixed.

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Why Always-On Display is not working on my iPhone 14 Pro?

The improper functioning of the Always-On Display on your iPhone 14 Pro be due to any or both hardware and software failure. As per what many of the reports have suggested, the issue mainly occurs as a result of a bug or glitch in iOS 16. Hence this fixing guide is also going to revolve more the same.

But the AOD feature is fairly new and hence the users are not well-aware completely of its functioning. For example, there are situations when the iPhone automatically turns off the Always-On Display to minimize battery consumption. The iPhone tracks your daily way of usage and adapts itself accordingly to use AOD with more intelligence.

Though it is very unlikely, it can also be a possibility that your iPhone 14 Pro is having some hardware issue. And in such a situation, seeking the Apple Seuuprt technician is highly advised.

When does iPhone 14 Pro automatically turns off Always-On Display?

As I have already told you, the iPhone 14 Pros are made to automatically switch off the AOD mode in some particular situations. This is important not just from the perspective of saving battery life but also from the fact that AOD is not used all the time. Here’s a list of scenarios where the AOD gets automatically turned off on iPhone 14 Pro models.

  • When you put your iPhone in your pocket or backpack.
  • When you place your iPhone facing downwards.
  • When you have sleep focus enabled on the iPhone.
  • When the Continuity Camera is enabled.
  • When you leave your iPhone behind while wearing the Apple Watch.
  • When you haven’t used your iPhone for a while.
  • When the iPhone is connected to CarPlay.
  • When the Low Power Mode is active on the iPhone.

What to do if Always-On Display is not working on iPhone 14 Pro?

Now, when you have checked that there is no case mentioned above causing the automatic turning off of the AOD it is quite possible that there is some issue with your iPhone’s software or hardware. Here are some tips and troubleshooting that you can perform to get the Always-On Display working back.

Fix 1: Re-enable Always-On Display

The primary thing to do as a software glitch fix is to toggle on/off the Always-On Display on your iPhone. Since iOS 16 is new to the devices, there can be some minor hiccups here and there.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to Display & Brightness.

Step 2: Here, check if the Always On toggle is switched to on. If not, then enable it.

Step 3: But if the Always On toggle is already on, toggle it off.

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Image credit: Apple

Step 4: Now, restart your iPhone. Press and hold the volume up button and the power button simultaneously and then drag the power off slider to turn off your iPhone. Once the phone is off, press the side button again to reboot it.

Step 5: Once the iPhone is rebooted, again go to Settings > Display & Brightness and enable the Always On toggle.

Fix 2: Hard Reset your iPhone

Another working way to tackle the software bugs is to hard reset your iPhone. It is a good thing to do if your iPhone is experiencing an iOS glitch as it can serve as a solution to a lot of problems that often come into the experience. Here’s how you can hard reset your iPhone.

Step 1: Press and release the volume-up button of your iPhone.

Step 2: Next, similarly, press and quickly release the volume down button.

Step 3: Lastly, hold down the iPhone’s side button until you see the Apple logo on your screen.

Fix 3: Reset All Settings on your iPhone

One more trusted way to surpass the glitches on the iPhone is to reset all settings of your iPhone. Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Fire up the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General.

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Step 2: On the general settings page, scroll down and tap on the Transfer or Reset iPhone option.

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Step 3: On the next screen, tap on the Reset option.

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Step 4: On the popup list of options, tap on the Reset All Settings option.

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Doing so will make your iPhone reboot with all the settings to go as default ones. Once the reset is done, try the Always-On Display and see if the issue is resolved.

Fix 4: Upgrade your iOS

If the issue is within the iOS software, it is very likely that Apple would have released an update to solve it. Hence check for updates and see if there is any new iOS 16 update to install.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

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Step 2: Next go to General > Software Update.

Step 3: If there is an update available, go ahead and download, and install it by following the on-screen instructions.

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Fix 5: Contact Apple Support

Lastly, if none of the aforementioned fixes/troubleshoots work for you and the Always-On Display keeps misbehaving, it is highly recommended to contact Apple Support. This will let you have an Apple technician’s inspection as there is a high chance that your phone is experiencing some hardware failure.

Bottom Line

With that said, here comes the end of this fixing guide. I am hoping that this guide would have helped you in getting your issue resolved. The iOS 16 is a new version of the OS and hence you can expect some glitches or bugs here and there. But these bugs can be fixed usually by restarting, resetting, or hard booting the iPhone. Updated software is also a high recommendation in such cases to minimize bugs. But if the software side of things are seeming to be OK, then contacting Apple Support is the way you should go on.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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