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Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ Plus: How To Disable Always On Display

The new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus are one of the most popular phones on the market right now. One of its most notable features is the “Always on Display” or “AOD” function. This ability allows the phone to keep the user’s personal selection of key information constantly on the screen. With this feature active, users don’t have to unlock the phone to see things like the time, weather and various notifications. It’s a function designed to save time and energy.

It sounds great and many users will appreciate its convenience. Some however complain of its distracting movement and the fact that is can impede privacy. Samsung’s older phones featured such technology, but the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus boasts higher efficiency and a 24 hour AOD capability. Its great if you are in the habit of checking the time and notification continuously. With the AOD, checking these details is possible within an instant and a flash of sight.

Users can enjoy fewer than 5% of their battery life being consumed over the course of an 8-10 hour day. This is mainly due to the impressive power of the Super AMOLED display technology incorporated into Samsung’s design. Effectively only the small area of the screen needed to show this information is activated while the rest of the display rests requiring no waste of energy.

Samsung claims that the average user flicks their phone on over 150 times per day. These activation all take battery. The AOD is intended to save battery be showing users what they need to see most, without using excessive amounts of electricity to do it.

This AOD feature can be turned off and customized if users as feel it isn’t for them. Here we explain step by step how you can do this for your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus.


How To Disable Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ Plus Always On Display

  1. Turn on your phone
  2. Open the Display
  3. Find and select the Always On Display
  4. There is a switch, turn it OFF


If this was not enough detail, here are the steps described more thoroughly:

  1. Drag the notification bar downward to bring down the menu.
  2. There is a gear button shaped like Cog wheel. Press it
  3. Scroll through to the “Device” column. Here you should be able to find “Display”. Tap it.
  4. When in display, Touch “Always On Display”.
  5. Tap the On/Off switch to turn this feature on or off.


Once you have completed these steps you will have turned AOD off entirely

This will effectively revert your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus to the older more traditional way an android phone works. To check your messages, see the time, and other information you will need to activate the screen. You might find your battery life lasts significantly less time with this feature turned off. But if you want to turn it back on, you can always return to the same settings using the steps above and switch it to On.

Many users will have issues with the AOD lack of customization. Many have suggested it would be great if we could change the layout and add certain apps to its notifications list. The only customization available so far is the clock design, calender layout and images used in the screen saver. To change these follow these steps.

  1. Go to the settings list by dragging down the notification bar.
  2. Then enter Display,
  3. Then find and enter Always On Display.
  4. Then touch “content to show”.
  5. There is another option, “Clock/Calendar style”.
  6. You can also change the “Background image”.


Alster these settings above to make your AOD at least unique to your preferences to some degree. Perhaps updated will come out in future that allow users to further tailor their AOD experience to better serve their everyday needs. Until then, the above mentioned instructions and options are all we have to chose from.

Many users find it most useful to have an image with a dark background on their AOD screen. It can be less annoying to constantly look at a darker image, it can also make the information on the display appear cleaere and easier to read within and glimps of vision.


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