How to Fix iPhone Always-On Display Keeps Turning Off by Itself on iOS 16

The Always-On Display (AOD) feature on your iPhone is a big help, especially if you need to check on your notifications or you don’t want to miss important text messages and calls.

Unfortunately, many iPhone users have reported that after they updated their device to iOS 16, the Always On Display feature started turning on or off by itself, without users doing it. What can do you when the issue happens after you enabled it for your lock screen, then? Here are some things you can do to fix this iOS 16 problem o your phone.

How to Troubleshoot and Fix iPhone Always-On Display Feature Keeps Turning Off by Itself on iOS 16

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Don’t Use the Dark Mode

Some iPhone users reported that the Always-On Display on their device only stops working at night. If this is the case, the problem is probably because of the Light and Dark theme. To fix this, go to Settings, and choose Display & Brightness. Look for Appearance, tap Light theme, and disable the Automatic toggle. 

Cycle the Setting for Always-On Display

Some settings also need to be cycled now and then, and the Always-On Display feature is no exception to that. You can do this by going to the Settings menu first. Choose Display & Brightness. Switch off the Always-on Display option. Force-restart your device and then enable the AOD option again in Settings. 

Be Familiar with the Always-On Display Feature


The Apple company implemented a few distinct characteristics to the Always-On Display feature to improve the battery efficiency of their devices. In case you don’t know it, this feature automatically turns off during several situations. 

These include using the Continuity Camera, connecting the device to CarPlay, and having your phone in your pocket or lying it face down. 

The Always-On Display feature also turns off by itself if your phone has been unused for some time. It can also go dark once your device detects that you moved away from it if you’re wearing a paired Apple Watch. 

Restart Your Device

You should also try to restart your iPhone first if you encounter any software-related issues with it. Doing so will help you rule out temporary errors and bugs on your device that might have caused the Always-On Display feature to keep turning off. 

Turn Off Low Power Mode

Just so you know, the Always-On Display won’t work if you enable the Low Power Mode feature. The logic behind this is quite simple: these two features are the complete opposite of each other. See to it that the Low Power Mode has been disabled first and then check if the Always-On Display is no longer turning off. 

Disable Presets with the Focus Feature

Focus is an iPhone feature that lets you silence its notifications so that your device won’t be a distraction to you. Unfortunately, Focus can also end up turning off some features, such as the Always-On Display. Try to turn off any Focus preset if you’re using any on your device. 

To do this, you can swipe downwards from the right side of the screen to access the Control Center. Find the Focus Icon and tap on it to switch off any active preset. Lock your iPhone to enable its Always-On Display to see if the issue is gone. 

The Always-On Display feature of your iPhone is such a nifty feature. Once it starts turning off, the fixes above can help eliminate the issue.

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