How to Control When Your Android Shuts Off

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

Android phones are configured to automatically turn off the display after a period of inactivity. This feature is designed to save battery power. The preconfigured time period depends on which Android phone you have and which carrier you are signed up with. The process of controlling when your Android's screen shuts off, however, is the same on all Android phones.

Tap the arrow on the bottom-left side of the home screen to open the "All Programs" drawer, then tap "Settings." If your Android phone has a physical "Menu" button on the control panel, you can also press it to access the Settings menu.

Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and tap the "Screen Timeout" icon.

Choose the period of inactivity required to turn off your Android phone's screen. Tap 15 or 30 seconds; or one, two or 10 minutes. If you want the screen to never turn off, tap "Never Turn Off."

Tap your phone's "Home" icon to return to your home screen.