The auto-screen-dimming feature on your Android mobile is designed to save you battery life, but it can be quite annoying while you’re trying read something. The Keep Screen On app saves you from this hassle through clever use of the phone’s gyroscope. It basically detects the current angle of the phone – e.g. whether or not the phone is flat on a table or held in your hand tiled in one direction or another.
If the device is lying flat (at about 180 degrees), then it is considered ‘inactive’ by the app. It allows the screen to dim and eventually switch off. If you are holding the device at an angle with a trajectory more than 160 degrees, then the app infers that the device is “active” and will keep your screen on. Furthermore, the “screen on time” you have configured in your Android settings is no longer functional and is indefinite when the app is effective. “Screen on time’ only becomes activated again when the app senses that the Android is no longer being used.
1. Download Keep Screen On (Lite) from the Google Play store.
After you have installed it, open the app to be presented with a menu list. Navigate to the Test section to check whether your Android phone works properly with the device. Lie your phone at 180 degrees flat and the “person” should become grey (inactive).
Pick up the phone at an angle that exceeds 160 degrees, and the “person” should become green (active).
The app comes with the option of adjusting the range of when the Android mobile is considered active or not. The default settings are a minimum of 5 degrees and a maximum of 160 degrees.
The minimum and maximum settings can be altered to suit your personal preferences. For example, if you would like to keep your screen on, even if it is laying down flat (180 degrees), then adjust the max range to 180 degrees.
You can also amend the accuracy of the app from low to high. The default setting is Normal.
According to the developer, the app is compatible with versions of Android from 2.0 onwards. The Pro version comes with extra features like interpolation and a display time-out feature that works in conjunction with its normal method. For general use, the free version will suffice.
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