How to Configure Your Android Device’s Always-On Touchscreen

By Dan Gookin

Many Androids feature an always-on or wake-up display. This feature shows the current time and perhaps a few notifications, even when the device is locked. This convenience doesn’t affect battery life, but the settings can be disabled, if you prefer. Obey these steps:

  1. In the Settings app, choose Display.
  2. Set the master control by Ambient Display. The On setting keeps the screen on or wakes it up; the Off option keeps the touchscreen dark while the device is locked.

For Samsung devices, work through these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Lock Screen and Security.
  3. Set the master control by Always On Display.