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Android Screen Timeout Keeps Resetting? Here’s How to Fix

Picture this: You’re making notes for your next exam from your Android phone and it keeps turning off every now and then. If you’re a worker, picture you are making entries from your Android device to your lap and again, every 30 seconds or so, the screen goes off. 

Annoying, right? I’m sure you are here to find a fix to this problem and worry not, I’ve got you covered with some quick workable fixes to avoid such Android screen timeouts. 

After scanning through the community forums, I found that this problem is a common occurrence in Samsung devices. But I’ve covered both Samsung and other Android phones in this how-to. 

Read on!

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Why does Android screen timeout keep resetting?

Before we get to the root of the problem, it’s necessary to understand that such screen timeouts occur due to the system timeout settings. More on this later!

Screen timeout essentially means the time up to which your Android phone will remain on until it sleeps or turns off when it is idle. The default screen timeout varies from device to device but is usually 30 seconds. This setting can be changed and you can set the timeout time anywhere between 30 seconds and 10 minutes, and at times, never. 

Note that the Android screen automatically turns off after the set time period to save battery when the phone is left idle. No matter what you do during that time, the setting ensures that the screen goes off after the time set. 

But above this, there’s another feature which resets the screen timeout to 30 seconds despite the time you already set. Once you disable that feature, you’ll have absolutely no problem with random screen timeout resets. 

Here’s a quick fix to the problem!

Quick fix to prevent Android screen timeout from resetting

change sleep time when android screen timeout keeps resetting

If the system settings allow you to find solutions to a problem, sometimes, additional settings might counter the solution. And that’s exactly the case with the automatic Android screen timeout reset issue as well. 

In two quick steps, you can stop the annoying 30s screen timeouts on Android. Firstly, change the screen timeout time to an extended period. Secondly, change the optimize settings from App power management. 

Change the screen timeout time

Follow the below steps to prevent Android screen timeout from resetting.

Step 1:

Open the Settings app on your Android phone

Step 2: 

Select Lock screen

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In Settings, select Lock screen

Step 3: 

Select Sleep or Screen timeout — whatever is available on your Android device

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Tap Sleep

Step 4: 

Change the screen timeout or sleep time to 5 minutes or other as per your preference

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Select a longer sleep time

The screen timeout time will be changed to your preferred one and we can move on to the next step. If you are a non-Samsung user, the above procedure should resolve the issue as your phone might not have Optimize settings, unlike Samsung phones. 

What do the Optimize settings do? Well, these are the settings you can enable to save battery when the screen is on but you’re not using the phone, that is, when the phone is idle. When turned on, Optimize settings can reverse the lock screen and other settings to make sure your battery is always optimized. 

Change the Optimize settings

Once you set the screen timeout or sleep time, change the Optimize settings as per the below instructions. 

Step 1: 

Open Settings on your Samsung device

Step 2:

Select Power saving mode. Note that Optimize settings might be available in the Battery option on some Android models.

Step 3:

Locate Optimize settings and tap it

Step 4: 

You’d find the culprit right there. Look out for screen timeout and check if the toggle switch is enabled. If enabled, it would turn the screen off after 30 seconds on inactivity when the power saving mode is on. 

Step 5: 

Turn off Screen timeout. 

That is it! Once you turn off the screen timeout in the Optimize settings, you will no longer get annoyed with those sudden blank screens. 

Note that you need not turn off the Optimize settings altogether. By doing so, you would also disable the brightness and music optimization which might impact your battery life. 

Other Lock Screen Features

Besides the sleep time, there are other interesting lock screen features you must consider. Check them out!

Raise to wake

When enabled, this feature will turn on the lock screen when you raise your Android phone saving you split seconds in pressing the power button. Make use of this feature when you just want to glance over the lock screen notifications. 

Double tap to wake or turn off screen

Similar to the previous feature, this feature allows you to wake and turn off your phone’s lock screen by double tapping it. 

Pocket mode

Double ensure you don’t hit any button when your phone is inside the pocket with the pocket mode. It locks all the touch gestures when the phone is placed in a pocket. It basically looks for the obstruction in front of the proximity sensor and turns touch gestures off.

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FAQs

How do I stop my screen timeout from resetting?

To stop Android screen timeout from resetting, first of all, change the sleep time or screen timeout time from Settings > Lock Screen > Sleep and choose an extended time. Next, go to Battery > Optimize settings and turn the toggle off for Screen timeout which is set for 30 seconds.

Why does my screen timeout keep resetting?

Screen timeout keeps resetting because of the battery optimize settings. If the Screen timeout is enabled, it would automatically turn off the phone after 30 seconds.

What is a screen timeout?

Screen timeout is the time after which a phone screen turns off when in idle condition. When the inactivity is more than 30 seconds, Screen timeout turns the screen off immediately to save battery power. You can change this setting by increasing the Screen timeout or Sleep time and disabling Screen timeout from Optimize settings.

Wrap up!

Automatic screen timeout resetting is really frustrating and if it gets repetitive, nothing more frustrating than that. But the bright side is the problem has an easy fix. 

Changing the screen timeout time and the optimize settings will save your day when you encounter such issues. If your phone doesn’t have Optimize settings, just changing the screen timeout time will do the job. 

I hope I brought some value to your Android usage. Did this fix work for you? Let me know in the comments section below. See you next time with yet another Android troubleshooting. Take care and stay safe, cheers!

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