The iPhone 14 Pro has a hidden feature that can have a black-and-white always-on display mode

The iPhone 14 Pro has a hidden feature that can have a black-and-white always-on display mode ...

The iPhone 14 Pro always-on display does not work like most Android phone always-on display modes (consisting of mostly black pixels with an always-visible clock). It works more like the Apple Watch, where the always-on mode is almost identical to the standard lock screen the same colorful wallpaper and information-rich widgets, just dimmed.

Many people who purchased the iPhones were shocked by this. In fact, some initial reviews suggest deactivating the always-on display altogether because it was too distracting. It turns out however, there''s a hidden option to try a black-and-white always-on display on your iPhone.

The trick to getting a black-and-white always-on display right now is to use a long-standing Focus mode setting called Dim Lock Screen. This has the effect of completely darkening the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in always-on mode.

Select Focus -> Settings -> Enable Dim Lock Screen. Now, when the focus mode is activated, the Dim Lock Screen setting will be in effect. When your iPhone 14 Pro goes into always-on display mode, the entire lock screen transforms into a simple black-and-white mode.

In this mode, the always-on display displays the date and time in a white font (plus any widgets you have chosen) and nothing else. Any custom lock screen wallpaper or photo will be completely blacked out. This is basically the mostly-off-going mode that a lot of customers were asking.

Unfortunately, the possibility of enabling this feature has some limitations. For starters, the focus mode will only be available for you to have a permanent display, but the status label is also visible at the bottom of the lock screen.

These flaws provide proof of understanding how recent feature requests for Apple always-on customization options work. Ultimately, people want to make the lock screen appear in always-on mode without affecting their lock screen normally. This workaround is also helpful in explaining what it might be.

You may already turn off the always-on display if you want to: see this tutorial.