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How to change how long it takes for the screen to turn off automatically

Surely you have noticed that, if you stop using your device, it will automatically turn off the screen and hangs –if appropriate- without you having to do anything. This feature is not at all new, it has been around for many years, but it is really useful. And if you think it takes too long or too little time to do it, don’t worry because there is a way to change how long does it take from the device settings.

This function of the Android operating system is focused on save battery and to improve security. It allows the screen not to consume energy unnecessarily, when we are not using the device, and also that if it is within reach of someone, they cannot take advantage of the fact that it is in disuse to ‘gossip’. And although it comes with a time configured by default, it may be too short or too long, depending on how we use our smartphone.

How to change how long it takes for your Android screen to turn itself off

Access the native application of Settings and then scroll to the section screen. Here, among other configuration sections, you will find one with the text ‘Timeout to suspend screen’. This is, effectively, the one that determines how long it takes from when we stop using the device until, automatically, the panel is turned off. And we can choose between 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and intervals of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 30 minutes depending on what we prefer.

By default, the Android operating system applies the security lock as soon as the screen is suspended. This means that if we have 15 seconds configured, the lock by password, PIN or biometric hardware will be applied in 15 seconds. But if we have configured in this section that the screen turns off after half an hour, that will be the time it also takes for the device to be blocked with our security system configured.

Therefore, as we mentioned at the beginning, for reasons of autonomy and of security, you have to think twice before changing the display settings in this regard. We may notice that the battery lasts a little less time at the end of the day, or we may have problems because someone has reach to our device and it takes too long to apply the lock, for example, with a fingerprint. However, we can change this setting as many times as we want by following exactly the same procedure on our smartphone.