Apple released the latest iOS 16.2 Beta 3 earlier this week and it introduces new toggles to disable your lock screen wallpaper and or/notifications when the iPhone’s always-on display feature is active.
Apple’s iPhone 14 series of phones were the first iPhones to feature the always on display feature. The feature shows glanceable information like the calendar, time, and widgets, on the customizable lock screen without having to wake it up.
Android phones have had this feature for a while but Apple’s implementation of the always-on-display was different and has pretty much every iPhone 14 user complaining.
Some of the issues that plagued/plague Apple’s always on display include the dimmed wallpaper and notifications being so visible that the display looks like it’s on and battery life taking a hit despite the LTPO panel dropping to a power-sipping 1Hz.
Luckily, Apple has a fix for these issues on the way in iOS 16.2 Beta 3.
The New Always-On-Display Settings In iOS 16.2 Beta 3.
Apple released the update earlier this week and it introduces new toggles to disable your lock screen wallpaper and or/notifications when the iPhone’s always-on display feature is active.
Here’s how to get to the new always on display settings:
- Open Settings on your iPhone 14/Pro with iOS 16.2 or later.
- Choose Display & Brightness from the root list.
- Hit the Always On Display option.
- Slide switches next to Show Wallpaper and Show Notifications.
Turning off wallpaper and notifications will make a dimmed lock screen less busy and reduce battery drain when the always-on display feature is being used.
Before iOS 16.2, you didn’t have a dedicated always-on display section. Rather, there was a single toggle in your display settings to turn the always-on functionality on or off.
How To Get The Update
The iOS 16.2 Beta 3 is only available if you have an Apple developer account. This means you need to have an Apple Developer account to legally install it on your iPhone 14 Pro.
Sign up Apple’s Developer Account and follow the following steps to install iOS 16.2 Beta 3:
- Open Safari on your iPhone and visit the Apple Beta Software Program website.
- Tap the menu icon in the upper left and then tap “Account” and sign in.
- Scroll down to “SDKs and beta” and tap “View downloads”.
- Then tap “Install Profile” under iOS 16.2 Beta 3.
- A pop-up saying “This website is trying to download a configuration profile. Do you want to allow this?” will appear. Tap “Allow.”
The iOS 16.2 Beta 3 profile will then download. To install the iOS 16.2 Beta 3 profile you just downloaded follow the following steps:
- Open the Settings app and tap on the “Profile Downloaded” message below your Apple ID.
- Tap “Install” in the top right to install the iOS 16.2 beta 3 profile. Enter your iPhone’s passcode when prompted.
- Read the consent text and tap “Install” in the top right before tapping it one more time, this time at the bottom.
- Your iPhone will prompt you to restart.
- Tap “Restart” to reboot your iPhone immediately, or tap “Not Now” if you want to restart it later.
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