Do you use an always on display on your phone?

There are a lot of benefits that come with AMOLED/POLED screens, but one of the most useful is that of an always on display. Always on displays keep a portion of your screen turned on to showcase the time, date, notifications, or other small bits of information, and allow you to quickly glance at your phone at any point to catch up on what's new.

Having an always on display can be a great benefit to stay in touch with what's going on while working away at the office or running around the house, but at the same time, also cause some extra strain on your battery.

Our forum users recently got into a discussion about whether or not always on displays were worth using, and this is what they had to say.

If you like it, use it. AOD doesn't drain enough battery to make anyone be on the fence about using it.

boltsbearsjosh

I get 6-7 hour with aod on 24/7. Battery health won be affected cause of aod in any way. Overnight i lose around 3% battery cause of aod

eduardmc

AOD is usually on from 10am - midnight . So I do have somewhat of break after midnight. About a 10 hr break from AOD. I honestly can't remember when I didn't have AOD. My last phone was a S7 Edge.

Abbers727

I used to have it on and was still getting 6-7 hrs before 20% but it's too much of a hassle for me. It's extra work to check notifications and stuff.

MooMooPrincess

What about you? Do you use an always on display on your phone?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

28 Comments
  • Yes, love the way moto handles it
  • I use it and like it on my note 8. But I think it's too bright and uses too much battery because of that. I wish there was an option to decrease the brightness
  • On my S8+ the AOD brightness changes depending on the ambient light. Maybe adjusting your screen's brightness would help, but I agree that an option to adjust only the AOD would be nice.
  • I was using it on my LG V30, and it made no dent in the amazing battery life, despite its smaller capacity.
  • I use it on the G6, same story (minus the amazing battery life part). Although, we really don't have a choice do we? It was a rough transition to having no led indication light.
  • Absolutely. Had it on 14 or 15 phones now and hard to imagine not having a phone without it now. One of the main reasons I've never went back to iPhone's too but rumours say they even might implement it with iOS 12
  • I never use it on my s8+. To me it just drains the battery faster. I am pretty sure it's not much but I prefer it off! But then again it's one of the many premium features!
  • At most, it will drain 3% of your battery while you sleep. 3% in 6-8 hours isn't bad.
  • I use it. I hope Google implements more features into the AOD than they already have at this point.
  • What features are you wanting? Just curious
  • One of the reasons I have a hard time buying anything but Motorola.
    They just made Always on Display (Moto Active Display) perfect. It's really hard to move to anything else.
  • I hate that implementation of it but Sony have done it similarly as you like it with the XZ 2 range. Raise the phone to activate it
  • No. I don't have enough faith in Google's engineers that they have done enough to prevent burn-in on the always on displays.
  • I don't know if it works this way on all Android phones, but on my S8+ the AOD text/graphics periodically move around the screen as a preventative measure.
  • use it on my s8+. at first i didn't use it because i thought it would drain the battery, but i've been using it for a few months now, and i can't tell any difference.
  • Its a premium feature that I used on my S7 Edge and now S9+. Just to handy to turn off.
  • No.
    I dont use AOD anymore.
    I just use the double tap feature
  • Good for you. While you're tapping on the screen to see the time or notifications, I've already glanced down and moved on. I could double tap a notification on the AOD to open that app if I wanted to. It streamlines things and the battery drain is negligible.
  • Good for you. The speed on getting the information all depends on how one uses/carries their phone! For me..My phone is always face down on desk, table or whatever or is in my pocket. When face down, I hit the power button as I grab the phone, basically instant on. No different than you picking up your phone in the same position. Minus me hitting the power button. If pulling from pocket, same thing, either hit home or power button as pulling out, instant on. In fact, it is so second nature, I don't even realize I hit the power button every time I pick up or pull out of pocket.
  • if I used a power button for every time I glance at aod my power button would probably last 2 months. I use aod, and like it. when I don't want it on, I do what you do, put the phone face down and it turns aod off (pixel2). for security AND to prolong power button life, I use the fingerprint sensor to turn the device on. I wish the pixel2 would let me turn it off the same way, like Moto G5 does.
  • Just cover the proximity sensor one on the top screen and the AOD will automatically disappear.
  • AOD is one of my requirements. It sounds silly, but I've had it for 6 years (Lumia 920 at the time). It's very helpful, and getting info at a glance is very helpful. It does turn off during the night since I'm not awake to see it.
  • I'm using the LG v30 right now. My first phone with an AOD. I was skeptical at first, but love it now. Barely uses any battery and I customized it to have a NY Yankees logo :)
  • Is the multi time zone thing an exclusive to Samsung? I have a Pixel 2 XL, and would love to be able to have dual time on my AOD.
  • I used it since i use Nokia Lumia 1020 on 2014, and i switch to galaxy note fan edition since a month ago
  • I have mine set to turn on at 08:00, and turn off at 00:00. But, then again, I do use a holster, soo...
  • The 2nd screen on my V20 is quite useful to me; not so much the app shortcuts but everything else I use a lot.
  • My pixel 2 XL is the first device I've ever owned with AOD and I do find it very useful before I got my pixel I thought AOD was more of a gimmick so it was nothing that I really looked for in a device but spending some time with it it has become a must and I'm going to make sure my next device also has AOD. far as strain on the battery goes I don't think it makes a significant difference and hasn't been an issue for me.