In this post, we want to explain the idea behind the AOD (always-on display) on your Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus. Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Plus have this capability.
What is always-on display (AOD)?
The majority of the time, when we check our phones, we don’t do it with the intention of unlocking and using it. We simply wish to check for notifications or to see the time.
On the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus, to check the time you must unlock the screen. This can be time consuming and annoying. With AOD, the phone keeps the time, notification bar and an image constantly on display. The only time this information in unavailable is when the phone is stuck in your pocket.
This function is different to just having a normal lock screen. The AOD will vanish as soon as the phone is interacted with. It comes on while the phone is locked and times out. It means you can see the time, notifications and an image on your phone, without having to awaken or unlock it. This will make is an especially valuable function for many users.
Enable Galaxy S8 always-on display
This function has to be switched on. Follow these steps to get it working:
- Open the Settings.
- Do this by touching the Settings app in the Galaxy S8 app drawer.
- Or you can open settings by dragging down from the top of the screen. This will open the notifications menu, here you can find the setting widget.
- Touch Always on display.
- Switch this toggle option to on.
As the default setting, the clock will be shown on screen. It is also possible to turn AOD on via the quick settings buttons that can be found in the notification menu.
Customize your always-on display?
These are the aspects that can be altered to fit your preferences on the AOD:
- Contents on display. You can select the clock, calendar or an image.
(In a recent update these content options have been changed to “Layout”.
There are a range of Clock styles to choose from. The always-on display also supports a variety of themes. Some themes will offer a greater range of options in terms of customization.
Reasons for the always-on display not to work
The always-on display tends to be deactivated automatically when:
- The battery power becomes lower than 5%.
- Night clock is switched on and in use.
- The Galaxy S8 is in a concealed space. I.e your pocket.
- The phone is not laying on a perfectly flat surface.
Does this function drain the battery?
As far as Samsung claim, this mode drains almost the same kind of battery power that the standard stand by mode does. It is not a major drain on the Galaxy S8 battery.
The usual stand by consumption is on average around 1% per hour. With the always-on display active, you can expect this to increase to between 2 – 3% per hour.