How to Customize Pixel 2 Always on Display Brightness

This article is about customizing the AOD( Always on Display) Brightness on Pixel 2 without root access. A few years back when Google launched its smartphone line up called Google Pixel series, it emerged as one of Google’s best devices in the market. Google Nexus series which is the predecessor of this Google Pixel series paved a successful way even though it was released by Google as a reference device for the latest version of Androids. Google Pixel which is also known as devices “made by Google” has so far had two launches in the Google Pixel series, including Google Pixel 2.

Since Google is controlling its smartphone’s design, hardware, and software’s, the Google Pixel series has seen tremendous success around the globe in terms of sales till this date and rated to have the best camera than any other smartphones even amongst the newest 2018 releases, being launched in 2017 and to be able to maintain its existence is really a great achievement.


Coming to the Always-on display which is also known as AOD in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are the first Google smartphones to offer this feature (Always on Display) which has turned out to be very useful for showing notifications, time, date, alarm and the currently playing background song via Now Playing (which can be customized), as the name itself suggests there will be certain display part which always stays on and thus there is no fear of missing out on any notifications.

So here we understood that the primary purpose of AOD is to provide vital information at a glance. Just to say, if you need to see the time, with AOD you won’t have to turn on the screen. However, in some lighting conditions, AOD can seem too dim to actually be readable and at present, we have no ability to dim or brighten the Always-on Display and hence we have come up with a proven method by which you can increase the brightness of your Always-on Display the so-called AOD.

The editor-in-chief of XDA-Developers, Mishaal Rahman, has published a method that works without Root, and here it is. The maximum percentage of Brightness at present in Google Pixel phones Always-on-Display is11% brightness which is too low when you go under the sun and here something to be remembered is that the Always-on Display setting is tied to the Adaptive Brightness which maintains the display brightness high or low automatically as per the lighting conditions leaving the Always-on Display to adjust itself to the brighter or dimmer conditions.

So one important thing is that the brightness of the Always-on Display should be set to a constant number, which should be perfect for all the conditions and that means it should be set between 25% to 50% and this applies for both the smartphone displays and the Always-on Display.
This is it and you can find the steps below to set the brightness manually for your Always On Display working for Google Pixel 2 lineup of smartphones.


  • In order to perform this operation you need to install ADB software in your PC (ignore if installed or feel free to search and install it from online).
  • Make sure that your smartphone has at least 50% of battery remaining just to ensure that the device doesn’t switch off during the process.
  1. This guide will only work on Google Pixel 2 devices i.e Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL devices which have Android 8.1 Oreo (ignore if updated or consider updating your device to the latest version).

How to customize Always-on- Display Brightness on Pixel 2 without any Root:

  1. Start it by installing the ADB software on your PC as mentioned in the guidelines section above.
  2. Next up is connecting your smartphone to the PC via a USB cable and opening a command prompt window on your PC.
  3. When the command prompt window shows up, type the following command:
    adb shell settings put global always_on_display_constants "screen_brightness_array=-1:0:1:2:3"

    How to customize the above command to match your needs: You need to customize the value of screen_brightness_array=-1:0:1:2:3”. Here, you have to replace the -1:0:1:2:3 to any number between 0 to 255. For example, you can change this value to -1:2:25:100:250. Note that the -1 at the beginning has to be kept as it is.

How does this work?

A brief Understanding on the change in values of Always-on Display’s Settings is explained below:

As per the system, the default values of Always-on Display are -1:2:5:27:28. Where, -1 is the value that is set for “off” conditions and the second value by default is set to 2 and that is for “night” light condition and the third value is used for “low” light conditions and fourth value is set for “high” light conditions which are ‘5:27′ respectively. The last value ’28’ is set for “sun” light conditions. Therefore, we are adjusting the values to the highest for sunlight conditions whereas we have set our second value as 2 for night light conditions.

That’s it and now that you have the knowledge of default values, you can now play with it by adjusting the brightness of your Always-on Display to maximum levels or as you wish and i hope this article has helped you to understand on “How to customize the Always on Display Brightness on Pixel 2 without Root”.

Source: XDA

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