How to Add Ambient Display to Android

What is Ambient Display?

The Ambient display feature was introduced on Lollipop by Google.

It wakes the device when it is picked up and light up the display for a few seconds when new notifications arrive. You can view and interact with the notifications on the lock screen without unlocking the device.

You can enable it on Lollipop (and above) with these steps:

Go to Setting > Display.

Find Ambient display and enable it.

Ambient display

If your device is not having Lollipop (or above), then you can get this feature with the help of the Android apps. Let’s get started.

Add Ambient Display to Android


Open AcDisplay app. This app works on both rooted and non-rooted device.

Tap the icon to turn it on.

Now you can see the required permissions: Device admin and Notifications.

AcDisplay required permissions

Provide both the permissions and turn on the app.

That’s it. You’ve just added Ambient display to your device.

Here are some important settings that you can use to get the most out of this app.

Blacklist (within “Apps” option)

By default, it’ll display only user downloaded apps. If you want it to display System apps, then click the menu and enable System apps.

Tap any app and you can see three options:

Hide – notifications from that app won’t get displayed.

Silent – screen won’t wake up when notifications received for this particular app.

Non-clearable notifies – show ongoing notifications such as from services.

Active mode

This mode wakes the device when you pick up the phone. It is using the device’s sensor to achieve this.

Follow the below steps to disable Active mode when there is no notification:

Tap on Active mode.

Uncheck “Enable when there are no notifications” option.

Active mode settings

You can also check these options:


Inactive hours


​Click on “Send test notification” from menu to see how this app works.

Added Ambient display to Android using AcDisplay

Play with the Settings in the app to customize it as per your wish.