How to automate iPhone always-on display

How to automate iPhone always-on display

After debuting the iPhone 14 Pro last fall, Apple continues to improve its always-on display with software updates. The latest feature is the ability to automate always-on iPhone display. with iOS 16.4 after that.

After a launch without much flexibility, Apple released the first permanent display customizations with iOS 16.2 in December. This allowed users to turn off colorful wallpapers and notifications from the permanent screen.

Now, with iOS 16.4 beta, Apple has made it possible to schedule/automate when iPhone always on is activated via Focus filters.

How to Automate iPhone Always-on Display with Focus Filters

You will need to be running iOS 16.4 beta to get this feature or wait for iOS 16.4 public release. Discover our guide on how to install free beta.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max
  2. Choose Focus > choose an existing Focus or create a new one
  3. Swipe down and under Focus Filters, tap Add a filter
  4. At the bottom, choose the new “Always on display”
  5. The default will be to enable it, press Add in the upper right corner
  6. To automate this, make sure smart activation is enabled or a schedule is set for the focus you have permanently added (just above the focus filters)
  • You can also link the always-on on/off filter to different lock screens by linking them to a focus mode (long press on your lock screen > press focus)
  • Switch to another focus mode and set always on to off to automate the function
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