While there are some die-hard iPhone fans who love everything the new iPhone 14 Pro series has to offer especially the new “Dynamic Island” which is a pill-shaped hole-punch cut to house the device’s front-facing camera and the FaceID sensor with some extra software animations that makes it more lively compared to boring hole-punch cut-out on Android smartphones.
As potentially interesting as the feature is, there are some who might for whatever reason best known to them hate the Dynamic Island and would rather turn it off.
Normally, there are two holes at the top of the display where the “Dynamic Island” sits. The front-facing camera which is a single circular hole cut-out and then another different pill-shaped cut-out to house the device’s FaceID sensor.
However, Apple decided to take advantage of the OLED panel of the iPhone’s display and turn off the entire pixels around both the front-facing camera and the FaceID which ultimately leads to the single pill-shaped block at the top of the display to serve as the Dynamic Island where you can see instant notifications and background activities on your device such as charging notification, voice recording, music playback and so forth.
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Even though it’s aesthetically pleasing, some users might hate or just outright dislike the feature and would rather turn it off.
However, the bad news is that it cannot be turned off because there’s simply no option to disable the feature within the iPhone 14’s setting interface.
However, if you for any reason want to get rid of the persistent app “widget” that shows up in the Dynamic Island when there’s something happening in the background (such as a timer countdown), there’s a way to at least temporarily turn it off.
All you have to do is simply swipe left or right on the Dynamic Island and the notification will disappear.
Also, do note that when next you open another application, say voice recorder, the live widget will come back to life again.
This does not disable the background app that invoked Dynamic Island. For example, if you do this while Apple Music is playing a song, the song will continue playing, but it will no longer show up in Dynamic Island. The downside to this is that, once you’ve swiped left or right on the Dynamic Island, it really turns off for that particular task, meaning that tapping on the Dynamic Island won’t bring Apple Music back anymore.