How to Disable the Always-On Display on Apple Watch Series 5

As the name suggests, the watch face displays time and other notifications all the time. However, you might not want this setting always, here's how to disable the Always-On display on Apple Watch Series 5.

Taking a peek at your watch to check the time during a conversation, whether at a meeting or at the dinner table is often deemed as rude and ill-mannered. Moreover, peeking at your phone is also not ranked that well in the good mannerism list. Which is why the Always-On feature in the Apple Watch Series 5 is a stroke of genius.

The latest iteration of Apple Watch will display time and other glanceable information such as calendar events, messages, heart rate, and more even when your wrist is down. So, you don’t have to twist your wrist or tap on the watch for time, you can just discreetly peek at it. However, at some point, you might want to turn off the Always-On display on your Apple Watch Series 5 for battery saving or privacy reasons.

Well, Apple has thought of that as well and kept a pretty simple procedure; so that you can switch on/off the Always-On display mode as per your convenience. Though don’t get disheartened if own Apple Watch 4 or earlier, as watchOS 6 has a similar feature for you. While no discreet peeping is supported, discreet haptic feedback can be at your service, all thanks to the Taptic Time feature. 

How to Turn Off Always-On Display on Apple Watch Series 5

The Always-on Display mode is quite helpful, especially with the watch’s activity trackers. Whether you are walking, jogging, exercising, cycling or playing sports, the feature enables you to check your workout progress, heartbeats, etc. without raising your wrist.

Though, there might be times you don’t want the display to be always on, for instance, when your battery is really low. Though the mode does not affect the battery performance massively, dire circumstances require you to save even the minutest of battery power. Here’s how:

Step #1. Open the Settings app your Apple Watch 5

Open Settings on Apple Watch Series 5

Step #2. Scroll down and select one Display & Brightness.

Tap on Display and Brightness on Apple Watch Series 5

Step #3. Now tap on Always On option.

Tap on Always On in WatchOS Settings

Step #4. Next, Turn Off the switch next to Always On.

Turn Off Always-On Display on Apple Watch Series 5

You can turn on the function as per your liking via the same procedure. Another reason why someone would want to disable Always-on display is privacy. As mentioned above, the feature also shows your messages, heart rate, and other such elements on the watch face.

While the screen goes dim to save battery, someone might get a peek at your private information when you are taking one. So the smartwatch has another brilliant option to resolve the issue. You can choose to hide or show such content in the setting tabs itself.

How to Manage Always On Settings on Apple Watch Series 5

Step #1. Open the Settings on your Apple Watch Display & Brightness.

Tap on Display and Brightness on Apple Watch Series 5

Step #2. Tap on Always On → Turn Off the Switch Next to Hide Sensitive Complications.

Turn Off Hide Sensitive Complications on Apple Watch Series 5

When you disable the feature, notifications will not be shown on the dimmed Apple Watch display. Once the display is activated by tapping on the screen, you can see all notifications. So, if your reason to switch off Always On Display is privacy, you can just Hide Sensitive Complications and solve the issue.

That’s all folks, keep your Watch Face On!! 

Between Apple Watch Series 5 and watchOS 6, Apple has managed to present a super-smartwatch; From tracking your menstrual cycle with the Cycle Tracking app to measuring real-time environmental noise via the Noise app. The watch can genuinely perform wonders, including saving lives.

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