Advanced tip: LCD screen ambient mode

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Warning: most Wear OS watch displays use OLED technology, where having pixels lit for more than a few minutes at a time can cause screen burn-in and severely degrade the display within a few weeks!!!  Do not use this setting unless you are sure your watch has LCD screen which is not damaged by constant pixel use!

If your watch has an LCD screen (Moto 360, Sony SW3), neither screen burn-in nor battery life makes the low-pixel count ambient mode necessary, you can set the ambient mode to look the same as the active watch face.

For this you simply need to select option #1: “Filled bubbles” for both the active and the ambient bubbles. The active bubbles are set in the “App launcher” card, the ambient bubbles are set in the watch-face card:

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Or on the watch:
Active bubbles = filled:
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Ambient bubbles = filled:
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After this setting (if 1-click themes are used) the only difference between active and inactive modes will be a missing seconds hand if you use one:
Active:
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Ambient:
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The same is true, if you set both app-launcher and watch face/ambient to “hollow bubbles”. If the bubbles are set to be the same, the app will not generate a separate ambient face.
Do not pick selective ambient or full-clock ambient however, because that necessitates a different inactive face to be created.
For more information about the watch face mode please see  watch-face-mode
Warning: There is a reason for not making this setting easier! Most Wear OS watch displays use OLED technology, where having pixels lit for more than a few minutes at a time can cause screen burn-in and severe degradation of display within a few weeks!!!
Do not use this setting unless you are sure your watch has LCD screen which is not damaged by constant pixel use!

Author: greg

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