How to Set App-Specific Screen Brightness and Timeout on Android

screen timeoutScreen timeout and brightness for Android has always been an issue for me. While for some of the apps – like ones that are mainly for reading – I prefer low backlight with long screen timeout time, for others that have more visual elements and colors (Gallery, for instance) I need just the opposite. Samsung came out with its Smart Stay technology that uses the front camera to monitor if the user is looking at the screen of the phone and keeps the screen turned on. But it’s far from flawless. Also, as it uses the front camera it affects your battery standby time.

We also discussed an Android app called Gravity, using which you can keep your phone awake while you are working on it and automatically send it to sleep mode when kept in pocket or table. But again, as the app uses the proximity and gyro sensors, it can hog the device’s battery to a certain extent.

So if battery life is a concern for you, or you don’t wish to rely on sensors to keep your droid awake, then it’s time to take a look at Screen Controls.

Screen Controls for Android

Screen Controls is a nifty Android app using which you can easily control the screen timeout time and brightness for individual apps. And as the app never uses any sensor to perform the request, it doesn’t stress out the battery. The app works on all the devices running Android 3.0 and above, and doesn’t require any special privileges like root access, or administrative access to run.

After you install and run the app, you will see a list of apps installed on your device. The list will be long and you wouldn’t be able to recognize half of the apps in the list as it will include all the system apps as well. The best you can do is to search for your app directly using the search bar and tap the app you wish to control the settings for.

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