This guide will explain how to disable the Galaxy S9 always on display. The feature that keeps your screen on 24/7. Whether it’s just distracting or you want better battery life, you’ll be glad to know it’s easy to turn off. Some love the constant at-a-glance notifications, but you can get rid of them if you don’t.
If you just got the Galaxy S9 you’re likely enjoying all that it has to offer. And while it may take a minute to get used to the always on screen, we recommend doing exactly that. Getting used to it and keeping it on.
When you turn off the Galaxy S9 or S9+ screen, a small area stays on. This displays the time, date, battery level and even incoming notifications or message alerts. It’s called an “Always-on Display” but it’s not for everyone. Luckily its heavily customizable to your liking, or you can turn it off completely by following our video guide below.
How to Disable the Galaxy S9 Always On Display
Thankfully Samsung’s phones are pretty versatile and customizable these days. Flipping through the settings menu you’ll find options for almost everything.
To disable the always on display feature simply head to Settings > Lock Screen & Security > Always On Display > and flip the switch to OFF. Just like we’ve shown you in the video above, or the screen captures below.
- Pull down the notification bar and tap the gear-shaped settings button
- Find and select Lock screen & Security
- Scroll down to Always On Display and flip the switch to OFF
- Or tap on Always On Display for more options
It only takes a few taps in settings to disable this helpful feature. Now the screen will completely turn off and show absolutely nothing. That said, users will need to tap the power button in order to quickly check notifications and such. Something most people do over 150 times a day.
Other Details and Customization
Yes, studies suggest that the average user turns their phone on over 150 times a day. Often just to check the time, get weather information, or to check notifications. Instead of turning on the entire phone, let the Always-On display show this information at a glance. As a result, you should actually save battery life. Samsung claims this feature uses less than 5% after a long 8-hour work day.
You can customize it so it dims when you’re in a dark room, or to get brighter during regular daytime hours. This makes it easier to see throughout the day, and even more useful. We also suggest adding some customization to the Galaxy S9 always-on display.
Samsung allows you to get rid of the home button, remove the clock, or set a timer so it’s only on when you need it. That way the always-on display isn’t keeping your room lit up at night. However, head to Settings > Wallpaper & themes > and choose the AOD column at the bottom right of your screen.
In here, you’ll have full control of everything. Change the clock font, color, or add a background. Then, choose from hundreds of pre-made AOD themes to completely change the look and feel of your always-on display.
There are even new “facewidgets” where you can tap the clock from your always-on display and swipe over for more options, like music controls without turning on your screen. Cool, right? For now, try to get used to it, or disable the always on display with our instructions above. While you’re here, take a look at these 10 settings we recommend changing right away.