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Fix Always on Display Not Working on Galaxy Watch – Technipages

Always on Display (AOD) is a very handy display feature that allows your Galaxy Watch to show the time even when you’re not actively using the smartwatch. The main downside to using this feature is that it significantly increases battery consumption which means you need to charge your device more often.

Well, AOD may not always work on Galaxy Watch devices. The display sometimes times out and falls asleep on its own. Let’s see how you can troubleshoot this issue.

Fix Galaxy Watch Always on Display Not Working

Disable Power Saving Mode

Always on Display increases battery consumption which makes it incompatible with power-saving features. If you accidentally enabled any power-saving options, AOD will stop working.

Go to Settings, select Device care, tap Battery, and then go to Power mode. Disable any active power-saving modes and restart your watch.

samsung galaxy watch battery settings

Clear App Data

Clearing out Galaxy Wearable app data may solve this problem. This action will help you to flush out the cache and restore AOD’s functionality.

  1. Navigate to Settings and select Apps.
  2. Select the Galaxy Wearable app.
  3. Go to Storage and select Clear cache. If AOD doesn’t work, tap Clear galaxy wearable app clear cache
  4. Do the same for your Galaxy Watch plug-in.

Re-install the Wearable App and Galaxy Watch Plug-in

If the problem persists, try uninstalling the Galaxy Wearable app and the Galaxy Watch plug-in. After you removed the app and plug-in, restart your phone and reinstall the apps. Meanwhile, restart your watch as well. Pair your Galaxy Watch with your phone and check if the AOD issue is gone.

Some users had to reinstall the Galaxy Wearable app twice to get rid of the problem. Repeat the steps if the first attempt failed to fix the issue.

Additional Troubleshooting Tips

  • Turn off Night Mode. Check if there’s a moon sign on your display and disable the option.
  • Disable Theatre Mode. Go to Settings → Advanced → Theatre mode → turn it off.
  • Other users suggested that turning off gesture wake may work as well. Don’t forget to disable Do Not Disturb mode.
  • Make sure the sensor at bottom of the watch is placed on a flat surface. Place the watch on a table or make sure it sits tight enough on your wrist. Help the watch detect it’s being worn. If you hold it in the air, the display goes dark.
  • Install the latest updates for your watch and update the Galaxy Wearable app.
  • Switch to a different watch face and check the results.
  • Go to Samsung Health Settings, select HR and Stress Measurement, and set the feature to Measure Continuously.
  • Do you have any tattoos on your wrist by any chance? Many users suggested that could be the reason AOD is not working.


To troubleshoot Always on Display issues on Samsung Galaxy Watch, disable Power saving mode, clear the Galaxy Wearable app cache and install the latest software updates. Did you manage to fix the problem? Let us know in the comments below.

This post was written by Madalina Dinita and was first posted to Technipages

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