Most Apple Watches today come with an Always On display feature, and while it’s certainly useful, knowing how to turn it off can be really beneficial. The Apple Watch today is every bit as popular as the iPhone or Mac. While the first model was heartily mocked back in 2014, the Apple Watch has evolved to become the undisputed smartwatch champ.
One of the reasons for the Apple Watch’s success is the yearly refinement from Apple. Some upgrades — like the ECG sensor and LTE connectivity — have dramatically changed how the Apple Watch works. Others — like slightly faster chipsets and shorter charge times – aren’t as noteworthy, yet still important to the overall experience. After a few years of big and small updates, the Apple Watch is better today than ever before.
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Among all of the features added to the Apple Watch, one of the best is its Always On mode. On a supported Apple Watch, Always On keeps the display on even when you aren’t interacting with it. This allows you to always see the time, either on your watch face or alongside an app you were using. Always On is fantastic for seeing the time at a quick glance, but it also comes at the expense of increased battery usage. If you’d like to turn it off and get the longest battery possible, here’s what to do.
How To Turn Off Always On Display
There are a couple of ways to turn off the Always On display on your Apple Watch — the easiest of which is on your iPhone. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap ‘Display & Brightness,’ tap ‘Always On,’ and tap the toggle next to ‘Always On.’ Once the toggle changes from green to gray, you’ll know the Always On display is turned off. Alternatively, the Always On feature can be turned off directly from the Apple Watch. From your Apple Watch, open the Settings app, scroll down the page, tap ‘Display & Brightness,’ scroll down, tap ‘Always On,’ and tap the toggle to disable it. The steps are identical no matter which route you go. You just get to choose which method is easiest for you.
Apple Watches With Always On Display
It’s important to note that only select Apple Watch models support the Always On display feature. If you have an Apple Watch Series 5, Series 6, or Series 7, you can turn the Always On display on/off as you see fit. If you have an Apple Watch Series 4 or older (or the Apple Watch SE), there’s no Always On support to begin with.
In the end, turning off Always On will only be for those desperately needing the extra battery or are away from an outlet for prolonged periods. With Always On display enabled, the Apple Watch already gets 18 hours of battery life, which is just enough to get through the day. With the combination of disabling Always On and turning on Power Reserve when needed, users could easily get more than a weekend’s worth of battery life if they need it.