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Does the Pixel 7 have an always-on display?

The fun doesn't end when you turn the screen off!
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November 15, 2022
Pixel 7 Pro hazel rear of the phone on a book
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

Phones are great little tools for connecting with the world, and the fun doesn’t have to stop when you shut the screen off. Some devices can continue displaying important information like the time, notifications, weather info, and more, even when the display is turned off. This feature is called always-on display. A couple of the hottest Android devices are the Pixel 7 series. Does the Pixel 7 have an always-on display? Let’s find out!

Read more: The best Pixel-only features available

QUICK ANSWER

Yes. Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have an always-on display. The feature is named differently, though. Google calls the option ‘Always show time and info.' You can find it in the Lock screen settings.


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How to turn the Pixel 7 always-on display on or off

Turning the Pixel 7 always-on display feature on to off is actually pretty simple, but the option can be a bit hidden. Let’s walk you through the process.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Go into Display.
  3. Tap on Lock screen.
  4. Toggle Always show time and info.

What does the always-on display show?

The Pixel 7 always-on display isn’t meant to do much; that’s what the lock screen is for. The always-on display will showcase the time, date, weather info, and battery percentage. It will also show you icons of apps when these have notifications available for you to check.

If you want to do more, you will have to bypass the always-on display and go into the lock screen, which can tell you more information about notifications, and even has interactive features like controlling music, quick access to smart home features, and more.


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FAQs

The device reads ambient light when the always-on display is in use. It will turn off the screen if it notices a room is dark, as it will assume no one is viewing it and can save some battery by shutting the screen off.

Technically, yes. The always-on display will use more battery than if you had the feature turned off. That said, the difference isn’t significant. This is because OLED technology makes it possible to keep all black pixels completely off, while only lighting up the pixels displaying other colors. Because there is very little information displayed when the always-on display setting is on, the difference should be nearly unnoticeable.

Sadly, the Pixel 7 always-on display doesn’t natively support scheduling. We’ve seen other manufacturers allowing this, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Google introduced scheduling later on. The phone will turn off the always-on display if the ambient light is dark. This means it won’t be turning on the always-on display in a dark room, when you’re sleeping.