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How to Enable Always on Display on Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus 6P

You can now enable Always on Display on your old Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus 6P using this guide. This year’s Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are considered to be one of the best Android smartphones of 2017. Google have not only added new hardware but also have improved the software. Last year Pixel was no doubt one of the best camera phone, but it lacked many flagship features such as water resistance, great design etc. Google is relatively inexperienced in terms of hardware, so we have to cut them some slack. They are continuously learning and improving through customer feedback. Some of the Pixel 2 features are based on software while you cannot get improved camera but developers are working on bringing software features to the older Google devices.

Always on Display is the feature used by AMOLED display smartphones to display some information on the phone while the phone is powered off but unlike Samsung many companies are adapting it quite late. As for Google, they have released AOD with the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL while older devices such Google Pixel and Nexus 6P didn’t ship with this functionality. Thanks to the devs at XDA, you can now enjoy Always on Display on your older Google Pixel, Pixel 2 and Nexus 6P without doing much.

Enable Always On Display on Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P

How to get Always on Display on Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus 6P:

Here is a complete guide on how to get Always on Display on Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus 6P.


Step 1 – You need to download and setup Substratum and Andromeda Plugin before proceeding.

Step 2 – Download “Always on Enabler” from Google Play for Substratum.

Step 3 – After the installation of Always on Enabler open Substratum.

Step 4 – Now from Substratum -> Always on Enabler -> Tap on “select to toggle all overlays”

Step 5 – Tap the floating paint roller button and select “Build & Enable”.

Step 6 – Now reboot your device.

Step 7 – Open Settings -> Display -> Advanced -> Ambient Display. Now re-enable the “Always on” Toggle to get AOD on your phone.

If you followed the steps carefully, you should now have successfully enabled the Always on Display on your Nexus 6P, Google Pixel and Pixel XL. If you are stuck and need further help you can watch the attached video which follows the above or alternatively you can ask in the comment below. Right now you can customize the AOD on your device just as Samsung Galaxy S8 or Note 8 but having AOD without any phone upgrade itself is evidence to Android’s customization abilities.

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Uzair Ahmad

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