The power button of your Android phone either wakes the screen up when you press it or turns it off when it is active. This is done to increase the battery life of the phone mostly. While there are ways to automate the process natively, for instance by configuring a screen timeout in your phone's settings, you do not get any options to automatically turn on the screen again when you want to use your phone.
Plus, depending on the interval that you have selected for the power off mode, it may take a while before the screen is indeed turned off.
Gravity Screen On/Off is a simple application that automates the process for you, at least partially. You can still use the power button manually to activate your phone or turn off the screen, but won't be doing it that often anymore thanks to the automation in place.
The application adds two modes of operation to your phone once you have installed it:
While that takes care of two situations where you may want your phone's screen to be turned off, it is not the only functionality that Gravity Screen On / Off adds to the table.
The application has been designed to turn on the screen automatically again if you start to use it again. If you get your phone out of your pocket or switch it over on the table or take it in your hands, then you will notice that its screen will be turned on again so that you do not have to do so manually.
The application supports two methods of determining when to turn the screen on or off. The proximity sensor of the phone is used by default, but it does not work well or at all for all phones. If you notice that your phone's screen does not turn off or on again, you may want to switch it to the alternate option in the preferences to see if it works out better for you.
The preferences hold several sensitivity settings that you may want to modify as well. This includes the angle of the table sensor and pocket sensor, which basically determines when the phone is lying on a table or is inside a pocket.
Other settings include the sensitivity of turning the screen back on, the timeout for the proximity sensor to save energy, or headphone mode which turns off the screen when headphones are connected when the phone is placed in any way in your pocket.
Another interesting feature is the ability to keep your screen active while you are making small motions with your hand to signal to the app that you want the screen to stay on.
If you tend to forget to turn off your Android phone's screen from time to time then this application is for you. It is also useful if you want to automate the process, or want that your phone's screen turns on back automatically when you take it in your hands.
The application is having its toll on your phone's battery life as well, so take that into account when you take it for a test ride.
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