I'm a little bit confused about the missing Option to deactivate the Display Standby in Developer Mode.

In 2.2 there was a switch in Application --> Development. But in 2.3.3 this switch is vanished and it is really annoying if the Phone gets black every 10 minutes.

So my Question, how can I override the Display Timeout in Developer Mode, is the switch at another Place or is it outpatched?

Phone is a Samsung Galaxy I9000.


  • Ok, i'm trough every Menu on the Phone and i definitltly don't find the Option :(
    – Chris
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 11:35
  • It seems, that this is a special Problem with the Galaxy S, because on my other Nexus S with Version 2.3.4 there is the Option available.
    – Chris
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 13:42

3 Answers 3


Try this app: StayAwake, worked for my stock I9000 (now running a custom rom, still works most of the time but a bit buggy).

  • Thanks, this solve the Problem. Why has Google outpatched this feature??
    – Chris
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 13:35
  • @Chris: It was probably Samsung that removed it. The only phones I've heard of that lack the "Stay Awake" option are Samsung phones, but every non-Samsung phone I've seen has it. I've read theories (example) that it was to prevent burn-in on the SAMOLED screen, but I don't know if that's true or not. Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 13:40
  • @eldarerathis: Burn-in Issues in SAmoled? I never heard about this, but it makes sense then. Thanks for this Info.
    – Chris
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 13:47
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    Yep, I have a minor burn-in of the notification bar but it can only be seen in test mode with the blue screen (or similar). Not visible normally, even though I've kept the screen on about 60hrs/week Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 18:04
  • @onik That StayAwake app is so buggy that it ruined my screen backlight/locking completely, even after I uninstalled it! I think it should be renamed StayAway... :/
    – ateiob
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 19:56

If StayAwake is too buggy, try Tasker. I created a task which activates when usb is plugged in to keep the screen awake.

Seriously, with a rooted phone the following create a nirvana environment:

Titanium Backup
LBE Privacy

You get pretty much total control over everything except the stupid 100% battery beep (you need a special ROM for that).


Although it doesn't answer the actual question, but may be helpful for few of the users who are looking for the answer.

For android 4.2 and above, I created an app for this purpose (Keep Awake for Debugging). It will keep your phone unlocked and screen awake only when you have USB/wireless debugging enabled.

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    The Android version in question is 2.3 but your app doesn't appear to support it. Any reason for not mentioning that important point?
    – Firelord
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 11:01
  • Apologies, updated now. Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 11:10

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