How to Change Your Screen Timeout

Kindle Fire Screen Tip

Here's a great Kindle Fire Tip! Does your Kindle Fire's screen turn off too soon? Or maybe it takes too long for it to turn off when not in use? All you need to do is follow this Kindle Fire tip to extend (or shorten) your tablet's screen timeout settings.


Kindle Fire Tip: Changing the Screen Timeout

Tap the "settings" icon at the top right.

Kindle Fire Setting


Tap "More+".

Kindle Fire More

Tap "Display".

Kindle Fire Settings Display

Tap "Screen Timeout".

Kindle Fire Display Screen Timeout


Tap the time you would like to change for your Kindle Fire's screen timeout.

Kindle Fire Screen Timeout Options


Personally, I have mine set at five minutes. I've found that this is the best (of the available options) for my Kindle Fire needs.



Kindle Fire Tip: When to "Never" Turn Off

The "Never" option at the bottom of the list means your Kindle Fire screen will never go dark (sleep mode); it will always be on until you tap the power screen to go into stand-by mode.

When would you need to select the "Never" option to always keep your Kindle Fire screen on?

One reason...

...would be when you are listening to music, watching videos, using apps, or playing games that don't stay on when in use. This only happens when you don't touch your Kindle Fire screen before the time limit runs out.

You've probably already experienced this extremely annoying problem of having your screen go off when you don't want it to, so my Kindle Fire tip below will come in real handy!

Another reason...

...would be when downloading a super large app (or other file) like my pick for the Best Hidden Object Game.

After opening this game it has a huge amount of additional files it downloads, which, depending on your Wi-Fi speed, can take a long time to load. If your Kindle Fire turns off before it's done it will be canceled.

So for either of these reasons (or others you discover) you may want to turn off your Kindle Fire screen's timeout feature by tapping the "Never" option.

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Important Note!

Be careful when using the "Never" option. If you forget to put your device in stand by mode the battery will continue to be used. Thus, if you walk away from your device and don't come back in time your battery will be dead.

To prevent this issue, be sure to:

  • plug in your device when using the "Never" option
  • turn the screen timeout back on when you're done
  • or use my next Kindle Fire tip listed below
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Kindle Fire Tip: Always On App (When Charging)

If you'd like an easy way to always keep your Kindle Fire on when it's plugged in (and charging) there are a few apps that will do this.

The one I personally use is Dock Show which is currently only .99 cents from Amazon.

It's super simple. Once you have the app on your Kindle Fire make sure it is activated, and that's it! When you plug in your Kindle Fire the app will show up in your notification area (tap the top left corner where your name is). When you unplug your tablet the notification will disappear.

This app was specifically created for ReaderDock, a cool Kindle Fire accessory where you can "dock" your tablet. When docked, this accessory charges your battery, amplifies the speaker, and allows you to rotate your Kindle. It's perfect for watching movies, listening to music, or using your Kindle Fire hands free.


Now that you've learned some great Kindle Fire tips for keeping your tablet's screen on when you want it on, you're ready to check out other awesome Kindle Fire Tips!

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