How to Change Your Screen Timeout



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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

Open the settings.

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Tap "Display".

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Tap "Advanced".


Tap "Sleep" to access the settings.


Select the option you prefer.

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 (older models only - see below if you don't have this option) 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.

No 'Never' Option on Your List? 

With many newer versions of the Fire, the option to set the screen to 'Never' go into sleep mode has been removed.

I think this is a bad move from Amazon, for the reasons listed above!

Fortunately, there's a way around it - and I'm going to show you how.

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This will only work if your Fire tablet remains plugged in. It's frustrating, but better than nothing, particularly if you are trying to follow a lengthy recipe! 

How to make your Fire Stay Awake When There's No Option in the Sleep Settings

In the settings, go to "Device Options".


Tap "About Fire Tablet".


Tap the serial number 3 times. Then another 3 times. Then another 3 times. 

This will unlock the Developer Options.


Go back to the "Device Options" page, where you will now see button for "Developer Options". Tap this button.


Scroll to the "Stay Awake" option and toggle it on.

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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


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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