Adjust the Screen Timeout on an Android Phone

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Android Phones are the most popular phones in the marketplace right now, with mobile phone companies such as HTC, Sony, Samsung and Huawei introducing new Android phones every year. Apple's iPhone has serious competition from Samsung's S series and Sony's Xperia phones in the smartphone market. It's very probable that most people, in this generation, may own an Android phone, at some point, in their lives.

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Android phones are notorious for their elaborate settings. Making oneself familiar with them is critical in ensuring the long life of the battery and the phone itself. Almost all Android phones have a screen timeout option. This enables you to choose how soon after the last "touch" the screen will go blank. This can save the life of the battery.

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Adjusting the Timeout Screen

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The ability to adjust the timeout feature is useful because different people have different screen timeout preferences. People who often read on their mobile phones, for example, want their screen to last longer, as a 10-second timeout might not be enough for them to peruse a single page of a book. They would find it very annoying if their phone screen constantly turns off while they are trying to read. On the other hand, people who only use their phones for chatting or texting only need a short timeout. Here are a few simple steps to adjust an Android phone's screen timeout.

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    After accessing your phone's menu, select the "Settings" option
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    From there, a number of different icons will appear, and among them is the display icon
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    Tap the "Display" icon and scroll down to reach the "Screen Timeout"
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    There are several settings to choose from
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    1. 15 seconds.
    2. 30 seconds.
    3. 45 seconds.
    4. 1 minute.
    5. 2 minutes.
    6. 10 minutes.
    7. Never turn off.
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    To choose the suitable timing, choose the option that would most likely your needs
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    For example, if a person likes to read on their phone, they may want to choose a setting of 45 seconds or longer, while someone who is just texting may opt to stick with 15 or 30 seconds.
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    The user who chooses a longer timeout option and wishes to save the phone's battery, may change the screen timeout to a shorter time duration as often as he or she wishes
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    Since it is easily changed, it is no problem to switch it often.
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    As smartphone technology advances, the new Samsung Android phones have been designed so that screen timeouts are automatic according to the user's usage of the device
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    This makes the phones more user-friendly, as users don't have to keep adjusting the settings to get the most out of their battery charge. This is one of the reasons the battery of the S3 and S4 often last for longer periods when compared to earlier versions of the Android smartphone.
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Questions and Answers

On the home screen, it goes into timeout super quick! Trying to adjust it but only works on lockscreen?

How do I change it? It turns off super quick

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