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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by GregwGA, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. GregwGA

    GregwGA Newbie
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    Sometime when I am trying read something on my phone, like some instructions or a recipe, my phone will go to sleep while I am looking at it and then I have to use my thumbprint to unlock it. This is annoying when I am trying to do something and need the screen to stay on until I am done.

    Is there an app or something that will allow me to keep the phone from going to sleep until I am done with what I am doing. I would like to avoid having to go through 3 or 4 steps to change some settings and then have to change them back. Just an app that will override sleep mode temporarily and then I could turn it off will do.

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  2. srglassw

    srglassw Member

    There are apps on Google Play that may work for you. "Total Screen Control" is a paid app that says it can set preferences such as ScreenOn Lock individually for any app on your phone.
  3. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    It's been a really long time since "Total Screen Control" has been updated. Like back in the "Jellybean" days. If it were .99 cents I'd say go for it but $2.42 for an app that hasn't been updated since 2013 and which had it's last review in 2015 their is no guarantee that the feature you want will work with your current operating system.
    #3 dontpanicbobby, Jun 7, 2017
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  4. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Try Stay Alive! from the Play Store. Looks good and for waht you want to do you won't need any in app purchase.
  5. seVer

    seVer Android Expert

    why complicate things? settings> display> smart stay. it uses the front camera to detect that you're looking at the screen and it will stay on. you may see an eye icon in the notification bar when it's working.
  6. GregwGA

    GregwGA Newbie
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    I have smart stay turned on but the screen still dims and then goes to sleep while I am looking at it. In addition, there is no "eye" in the notification bar.
  7. seVer

    seVer Android Expert

    hence "may see an eye" comment. it's possible that has been changed/removed. I never use it.

    if you really need more time, then change the timeout setting. you can always tap the power key to turn off the screen.
  8. Phalon4

    Phalon4 Android Enthusiast

    I don't think a app is needed in your case if you go into Settings a then Display and set a time limit to Never sleep while you're navigating whatever on your screen until you're done.

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