Image washed out/grey in AOD


I’ve just upgraded from a Galaxy Watch3 Classic to a Galaxy Watch6 Classic.

I’ve made some watch faces for my Watch3 using Galaxy Watch Studio and now I’m trying to do the same in Watch Face Studio. However I’m encountering an issue. When I add an image to my watch face it displays as intended in active mode. But when it switches to ambient/AOD mode the image gets washed out/grey. In this case the image is rather dark to begin with, so it actually gets brighter for the AOD.

Why is this happening? Is it something like only a certain amount of colors are allowed to be shown in AOD? This worked without problem in Tizen on my Watch3. It feels weird to go backwards and that it wouldn’t work in these newer watches.

I appreciate any help or guidance I can get around this.

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Hi, and welcome to the forum!

I’ve also noticed this recently on GW6 - on some watch faces it looks like there’s a grey filter over AOD, making them appear brighter than they should be.
This is especially visible in a dark environment.

I believe it has something to do with more detailed watch faces which don’t have a 100% black background.
Simple watch faces with purely black background don’t have this issue in my experience, but more detailed ones (which have even a tiny bit of glow, shine effect or any background pattern) look greyed-out in AOD.

I guess a possible solution right now would be to simplify the AOD, and make the background fully black if possible.

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Thank you for the welcome :slight_smile:

Here is the watch face that I’ve just tested. One image is active state and the other aod-state. On the aod I removed the center background as I was testing, so therefore it is black.

As you say you notice it primarily in dark environments.

A solution is to make the aod more basic, but I like the detail. Annoying that the watch gets brighter when its supposed to save battery…