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How to prevent the screen of an android device to turn off during the execution of an Activity?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I have an Activity that usually needs some time to watch the screen without interacting with it.

The problem is that the screen turns off, just like with almos any other app.
I want to prevent that automatic turn off for my Activity, like Dolphin HD does (if you configure it from the settings menu).

I want to let the user to turn off the screen pressing the usual block button, but prevent the automatic block of the device while in my Activity.

How can I achieve this?


How to&Answers:

Add android:keepScreenOn="true" to some widget in your layout XML resource for this activity. So long as that widget is visible on the screen, the screen will not turn off automatically.


A WakeLock, as suggested by other answers, technically will work. But then you have to manually release the WakeLock (if you mess that up, the screen will stay on a long time). And, since you could mess it up, you need the WAKE_LOCK permission. Using keepScreenOn avoids all of that.


To change it on-the-fly do this:

if (keepScreenOn)


Handling Fragments and Screen Rotation

The Android documentation, Keep the device awake outlines each solution.

Solution #1 – Flags

Documentation – Alternatives to using wake locks

For Fragments use the programmatic approach that is less battery intensive.





For my use case I called this in onStop() so the screen would default to the normal configuration when the Fragment showing the media content is exited.


keepScreenOn=true does not work when there is a configuration change such as a screen rotation for Fragments.

Note: Android’s Keep the device awake documentation should be updated accordingly to handle this case.

Solution #2 – Wake Lock

Documentation – Keep the CPU on with Wake Locks

A Wake Lock offers more control over keeping the specific elements of the device awake, but is more battery intensive, and important to release manually to save the battery since it is not handled automatically by the system.


For “Xamarin Android”:



You’ll want to add WAKE_LOCK to your manifest, and set and remove it as needed within your app.
See the google docs here for PowerManager.WAKE_LOCK



You may want to use the wake-lock to prevent the screen off.Pleas refer http://developer.android.com/reference/android/os/PowerManager.WakeLock.html