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Why Standby Mode “Never” Turn Off in iOS 17

  • Many iOS 17 users face a frustrating issue where Standby Mode “Never” Turn Off doesn’t work as expected.
  • Some users report an unintended consequence of Night Mode and a reddish font when selecting “Never” in Standby Mode.
  • While there’s no immediate solution, users are advised to report the problem to Apple for a potential future fix.

The seventeenth OS iteration introduced a captivating feature – Standby Mode. For those unfamiliar, this mode activates when your iPhone is charging and placed in a landscape orientation. It lets you personalize your Lock Screen with interactive widgets, photos from your gallery, and the date & time.

Why Standby Mode "Never" Turn Off Issues in iOS 17

Until now, Standby Mode’s behavior was intertwined with AOD (Always On Display), exclusive to iPhone 14 and higher versions. With AOD enabled, Standby Mode wouldn’t turn off. When AOD was disabled, Standby Mode would shut down after 30 seconds of inactivity, necessitating a wake-up.

However, the lack of standalone control over this feature frustrated many users. The absence of a direct option to customize Standby Mode independently was a significant drawback. But here’s the good news – the latest iOS 17 update has addressed this issue. Standby Mode no longer relies on AOD. Now, you can select “Never” under Standby Mode, ensuring it remains active even if you disable AOD. Or so we thought.

In this blog, we’ll delve into the evolution of Standby Mode and why this newfound control might not be as foolproof as it seems.

Standby Mode “Never” Turn Off Not Working For Many

Many users are encountering a frustrating problem with Standby Mode in iOS 17. Despite selecting “Never” under Settings > Standby > Display, the Standby Mode still turns off, rendering the feature ineffective. But the issues don’t stop there; there’s another peculiar bug affecting Standby Mode.

Red Font on Standby Mode on iOS 17

Some users have reported that when they choose “Never” under Standby Mode, it inexplicably activates Night Mode. This unintended consequence results in a reddish font on the display, which can be quite bothersome.

Is There a Solution?

Unfortunately, there isn’t an official or unofficial fix available at this time. The problem seems to be affecting only a small number of users, which means Apple might not be aware of it yet. To address this issue, it’s advisable to submit a bug report to Apple as soon as possible. Once Apple becomes aware of the problem, they may work on a patch, but this could take a couple of weeks. It’s a somewhat lengthy process, but it’s better to report the issue now than never.


The Standby Mode “Never” Turn Off issue in iOS 17 has frustrated many users who find the feature not working as expected. In some cases, selecting “Never” under Standby Mode results in unintended consequences like Night Mode activation and a reddish font on the display. While a fix for this issue isn’t currently available, users are encouraged to report the problem to Apple so that it can be addressed in a future update.

Disclaimer: It’s important to note that software issues like the one discussed here can vary from one device to another and may not affect all users. The information provided in this article is based on user reports at the time of writing, and the situation may change with future software updates. Users are advised to keep their devices up to date and monitor official Apple support channels for any solutions or updates related to this problem. Your experience may differ, and it’s recommended to contact Apple Support for personalized assistance if you encounter this or any other software-related issues with your device.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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