Wake up your Android device without touching it
Mobile devices always seem to switch off at the wrong time – just as you’re reading a tricky bit of a recipe with dough-covered hands or you’re wondering what song is playing while doing the washing up. Kinscreen helps you avoid the inconvenience of having to touch your screen, either by reactivating with a wave or a nudge, or by not switching off if certain conditions are met.
1 A proximity sensor switches off a phone’s screen when you hold it to your head to make a call. If your device has one, Kinscreen lets you use it to activate your device, by taking it out of a pocket, for example; 1 or by waving at it 2 if it’s switched off and your hands are dirty or busy.
2 You can keep the screen on ‘By motion’, 1 simply by holding it. To override when the phone is flat on an unstable surface, such as a train table, tick ‘Except if tilted up less than 10.0°’. 2 The lock icon 3 indicates that you can only change the angle if you pay for an upgrade.
3 You can also keep the screen on when it’s upright – for example, propped up on a stand in the kitchen; 1 while you’re making a call; 2 or while the device is plugged in. The latter option comes with a sub-option, which can be used to keep the screen at its current brightness. 4
4 Tick the box next to ‘While using apps’ 1 to bring up a list of all the apps on your device. 2 Tick the box next to any apps that you’d like to keep the screen on, even when the device is left unattended. Tap OK. 3
5 In the ‘Turn screen off’ section, you can set the length of time before the screen switches off by tapping ‘20 sec’ and changing it to a new value. 1 Tap Set. 2 You can also set the screen to switch off when the proximity sensor is covered and after 30 minutes of being left on.
6 The ‘More options’ section lets you apply any of these rules to the lockscreen, 1 as well as when you’re actually using the device. You can also set the device to vibrate briefly when the screen switches on 2 or off, 3 and set whether this changes if you’re in silent mode. 4