Prevent Android Tablets from Sleeping While Charging the Battery

For those of us who own Android tablets and smartphones, it’s nice to keep the screen on while charging. This way you can run apps, check email or change settings on your tablet while it’s charging.

There are many paths that lead to the device settings, either by tapping the clock, then tapping the switches icon and then tap Settings. Or you can simply tap the settings icon.
Android Attention Message
Once in Settings, swipe down to Developer Options. Once inside a warning will pop up informing you that you should disable these settings. Tap OK. Changing this isn’t going to hamper the system any more than some already are.

Android Settings
The third option from the top says Stay Awake. Tap the box to check it, and there you go. Now when your device is plugged in, the screen will not sleep. If you have an Android device running CM7, you can keep the screen on while charging it too.

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  1. Lee Mairs

    February 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    On my ViewSonic VB 730, one has to hit Settings, then Applications, then Development to find the Do not Sleep while charging button.

    Thanks for this tip! It has expanded my use of the tablet greatly.

  2. Mat Lee

    February 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Glad it helped and thanks for the info!

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  4. Engel

    December 14, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    RCA Viking 10 has no Developer options that I could find.

  5. Engel

    December 14, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    And -THEN- I look at the date. Never mind. Sorry.

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