How to set a screensaver on your Android

  • You can set a screen saver on your Android phone that will appear while it is charging.
  • Your Android screensaver can be a clock, a changing color gradient, or a selection of your favorite photos.
  • To activate the screen saver on your Android, go to the “Display” menu.

In the past, computers had screen savers so your monitor wouldn’t burn up displaying the same desktop or application for hours on end. That’s not a problem anymore – modern screens resist burn-in and your screen usually goes dark when you’re not using it – but screen savers are still fun to look at and customize.

Android phones have had a screen saver feature for years. Here’s how to set it up and turn it on.

How to set a screen saver on Android

1. Open your Android’s Settings app and tap Displayand so Screen saver.

two. tap on the use screensaver switch to turn it on.

The menu

Turn on “Use Screen Saver.”

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3. Choose the type of screen saver you want. You should see at least three different options:

  • Clock will make your screensaver display the current time. If you select it and then touch Personalize, you can choose whether it is a digital or analog clock.
  • Colors It will turn your screensaver into a red, blue, and green color gradient, which changes and transforms over time.
  • Photos will make your screen saver move randomly through any photo album on your phone.
  • Certain apps may add more screen saver options.

Two Android phones side by side, one showing screensaver

The “Clock” screensaver (left) and the “Colors” screensaver (right).

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Four. Once you’ve chosen a screen saver, scroll down and tap When to start.

5. Choose when you want your screensaver to activate: Wherever the phone is charging and not in use, when it is docked and not in use, or both.

After you enable the android screen saver feature, it will activate every time your android screen times out. You can change the time it takes for the screen to turn off by going back to the Screen page and selecting screen timeout.

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