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How to add an Always-On Display on iPhone X, XS or XS Max

If you want to take advantage of your OLED display of your iPhone, you can add an Always-On Display for free. It only takes a few minutes to set it up.

  1. Open the App Store and download the OLEDX app.
  2. While in the app, you can tap anywhere on the screen to see the Settings on top of the screen. From there you can change the faces, enable analog clock instead of digital, add a custom message (text), add an icon etc. The premium version has more options.
  3. Due to security measures by iOS, it doesn't take over or replace your lock screen, so you need to keep the app open. Here are a few tweaks you can do about that:

If you want your phone to be locked while AOD is utilized

  1. Exit the app, and open Settings instead.
  2. Navigate to General.
  3. Navigate to Accessibility.
  4. Scroll all the way down to the Learning section and tap on Guided Access
  5. Turn on Guided Access.
  6. Tap on Passcode Settings.
  7. Enable Face ID or Set Guided Access Passcode.
  8. Now open the OLEDX app and while on the Always On Display, triple-click the side button to activate the Guided Access lock.
  9. Note that this may disable your Notifications or Reminders while enabling Guided Access to an app.

Set Auto-Sleep to Never to keep the Always On Display active at all times

  1. Navigate to Settings of your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap on Auto-Lock, and set it to Never or a timing of your choice.
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