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Samsung’s Always On Display feature lacks a very important option

Samsung’s Always On Display feature debuted on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and as we noted in our S7 edge review, it’s a bit limited in terms of functionality. You only get the time, calendar and notifications for basic things like missed calls, but it doesn’t show notifications from third-party apps like WhatsApp. After using Samsung’s fast wireless charging stand, I’ve realized Always On Display lacks another very important feature – the ability to have Always On mode enabled only when the device is charging.

Having Always On mode enabled has a considerable effect on battery endurance, so it’s not something I use despite the impressive battery life on the Galaxy S7 edge. But as my phone sits there on the wireless charging stand, I can’t help but feel that the lack of an option to keep the mode enabled only while charging is a huge oversight on Samsung’s part. Such an option would tread the middle ground – I could have an always-on clock when I’m topping up my phone’s battery, and just a regular phone with a blank display at other times.

Read MoreSamsung explains everything you need to know about the Always On Display of the Galaxy S7

Always On mode is switched off when the S7 or S7 edge is in a pocket or bag (or when the phone is turned over), which is a nice little tweak for saving battery life when the display isn’t visible to the user. But an “only while charging” option would make things even better. In fact, it would also be a good addition to the Night Clock feature on Samsung’s Edge devices.

Night Clock can only be enabled for a maximum of eight hours, a limitation that has existed since the Galaxy S6 edge. You can set any time duration you want so it is not like Samsung wants it to work only at nighttime. If battery life is the company’s concern, why can’t we have these passive features active only when our device is connected to that dreaded thing called a charger?

What do you think? Would you like an option to have Always On Display (or the Night Clock) active only when you are charging your phone?

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roeitabak
roeitabak

try “always on display plus” which allows you to set the AOD feature to work when connected to a charger

Mithrandir007
Mithrandir007

If anyone is interested on doing this : Once you have Tasker and Secure Settings (paid apps, but in my opinion, really worth it if you like customizing your device), open Tasker and do the following : 1. On the Tasks tab, create a new task called for example ‘AOD On’ 2. In that new task, add an action (Category = Plugin, then Secure Settings) 3. Edit the configuration in the new screen and select Actions => Device Setting 4. In that screen, the Setting Table should stay at ‘system’, and the Setting Name should be ‘aod_mode’. The Setting Value… Read more »

Mithrandir007
Mithrandir007

Like I posted in the other thread, I created a task in Tasker to turn it on when charging and turn it off otherwise.

You don’t even need root to do it, just the “Tasker” app and the “Secure Settings” plugin.

Muzain
Muzain

I dont see any importance in that though what you suggest is a good feature….. just because you like it doesnt mean its “VERY IMPORTANT”

ghedelacruz610
ghedelacruz610

You are in the hindsight so you tend to be critics of what you do not exactly know.

If you will always complain about this and that about the Always On display, then DONT USE IT!

Dont brag too much about what cant hurt you. You are just creating issues and headaches for non-sense things.

If you think you are better than Samsung then put up your own company and design/make your own phones. Duh…

s2insider
s2insider

It lacks the option to choose the fixed position of the AOD instead of automatic. It jumping around every minute and when I place it beside my computer while I was working, it’s kind of a bit distracting.

DW2015
DW2015

I believe that AOD should have the following settings:
1) Adjustment of brightness (I think it’s too bright or is it my idea? )
2) Ability to change font type/colour.
3) More backgrounds please,Come on Samsung, Nokia’s sleeping screen had as basic setting to add as much wallpapers you wanted
As IONUTDICU commented, timer would be useful too.

ionutdicu
ionutdicu

AOD lacks also a timer, just like the Night Clock; you should be able to stop it automatically during the night,e.g…..

harinsheth
harinsheth

In developer options of all phones there is an option of always on display while charging but display will not display time or calender…it will display what you are running last.. Hope you understand and can combine both features if possible..

reayard
reayard

I use the screensaver exactly for that at night when the device is on the wireless charger beside my bed. Together with the Chronus widget I get a dimmed screen with only the time, date and battery charge level.