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I tried to use the timer for a countdown of 3 minutes. 1 minute in, the screen shut off and the phone locked, disabling the countdown.

After 4 minutes, I realised what had happened. Is there a way to disable the screen shut off just when the timer is running?

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You may try to install KeepScreen application from Android market and configure it to disable screen timeout when your timer application is running.

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The Tasker app should be able to do this as well.

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