Like most flagship smartwatches, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 also features an always-on display. Here are three ways to enable the feature.
The Galaxy Watch 5 features an always-on display, but Samsung keeps the feature disabled by default. These days, most flagship smartwatches have an always-on display, but the feature isn’t usually available on cheaper smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch SE. Samsung users can rest assured though, as all models of the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro offer the feature.
There are three ways to enable always-on display on the Galaxy Watch 5. The first method involves turning the feature on through the Display settings menu on the watch. Wake up the Galaxy Watch 5’s screen and swipe up from the bottom to open the app tray. Then open the ‘Settings’ app and hit the ‘Display‘ option. On the following screen, enable the toggle next to ‘Always On Display‘ to turn on the feature. Now head back to the home screen, and wait for the display to sleep and enter always-on mode.
Other Ways To Enable The Always-On Display
Alternatively, users can activate the always-on feature through the quick settings panel on the Galaxy Watch. On the home screen, swipe from the top to access the quick settings panel and press the always-on button (which looks like a watch). The third method to enable the feature is via the Galaxy Wearable app. On the companion smartphone, open the app and select ‘Watch Settings.‘ Then hit ‘Display‘ and tap the toggle next to ‘Always On Display.‘
The always-on display is an excellent feature that lets users see the time and other necessary information on the screen without interacting with the watch. However, not all watch faces support the always-on feature. If the feature isn’t working on the Galaxy Watch 5, try using a different watch face. If that doesn’t work, make sure Do Not Disturb or Theater Mode isn’t enabled, as the watch doesn’t switch to always-on display in these modes.
The Galaxy Watch 5’s implementation of always-on display is similar to that of the iPhone 14 Pro. Instead of showing a digital clock on the screen, the Watch 5 reduces the current watch face’s brightness, so one can only see the time. However, there’s a downside to using the feature. Samsung mentions that always-on display significantly reduces the watch’s battery life. Nonetheless, the Galaxy Watch 5 can last an entire day with the always-on display enabled and moderate usage.