SmartStay not available in new 4.3 version???

I have the i9300 version of the S3, and am with EE (T-Mobile) in UK
I had the dreadful upload of 4.3 and then the 4.3 patch the other day.
Since getting this patch, I've noticed the screen switching off rather quickly, even when I'm reading a text etc, which is very irritating.

So, I've been to Settings, Display and found there is NO mention of SmartStay any longer, so I can't check if it's enabled or disabled.

Can anyone confirm if SmartStay has maybe been removed from 4.3 or perhaps it's been moved to another menu???

Now, I have to set the screen to stay awake for longer, just so that I can get to read a text through without it switching off. What a waste of battery power on the occasions I don't need extended display time.

I'd be grateful for any help, please. Thanks very much


Extreme Android User
On older phones, I used to just touch the screen every 15 seconds or so. It becomes so automatic that you don't notice that you're doing it.


Thread starter
Thanks Rukbat, but this was one of the features of the S3 and it did make a difference. As I said, just since getting the 4.3 patch, this feature no longer is working.

I don't feel that an upgrade should remove such features, especially seeing as it was a significant feature in the specifications of the phone.

I'm hoping someone, with the 4.3 patch downloaded, can explain how I can enable this feature.



Android Enthusiast
I am not aware of Smart Stay having been dropped, I believe it's still there. However,, have you checked that your screen-off timeout period is set to 1 minute+, because then, as Rubkat says, you will more than likely have touched the screen to scroll on.