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9/10/15
Original Poster
Jason McWilliams

Screen dimming after a minute or two when using navigation.

I've seen multiple posts about this since 2011 but I have yet to come across a solution. 

I'm not sure if this is specific to Maps or if it's a general Android issue but I do not have this problem when using Waze. I have a mount for my car and use my phone for GPS and traffic. The phone is plugged into my car charger and I have all settings appropriately set so that my phone does not turn off the screen. I have auto brightness turned off and I have "Stay awake" enabled in the developer options. When using Maps for GPS, with or without navigation running, the screen dims after a minute or two to the point that I cannot see anything unless it's dark outside. I have to touch the screen periodically to get it to brighten back up, which usually moves the view away from my location causing me to have to click the little icon to snap it back to me. It's a big distraction and very annoying. I use Waze most of the time because Waze does not allow the screen to dim even when I have no destination set. I prefer Waze but I like to use Maps when I'm already driving because I can setup the navigation using my voice and not having to fumble around the Waze menus. 

So why is it that I cannot set Maps to keep the screen awake and bright when plugged into the charger? Why is it that Android dims the screen even when I have everything, within my ability, set to keep the screen awake when plugged into a charger? Is this some sort of safety feature? An oversight? Is this an issue with my phone model?

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910T) with Android 5.0.1. 
Latest version of Maps (9.14.0 - Sep 1, 2015).
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barryhunter
9/10/15
barryhunter
Are you definitally entering actual 'navigation mode'? Ie a blue arrow as your location, and the next turn as a green box at the top of the screen? 

AFAIK only actual navigation doesnt dim, all other screens dim (which is annoying). 

Some people have reported success with apps like
9/11/15
Original Poster
Jason McWilliams
Hey Barry Hunter, thanks for the reply. You're correct, the screen does not dim when using actual navigation mode. I could have sworn it did in the past but I must be mistaken.

So there is no way to disable screen dimming when using Maps without navigation? It's nice to have Maps open without navigation enabled but without the option to disable dimming it's useless. 
barryhunter
9/11/15
barryhunter

So there is no way to disable screen dimming when using Maps without navigation?

Not from within the app itself. As say, third party apps do reportedly work. I've used one it the past, it stopped working on a OS update, and never got round to to finding a replacement. 
 
It's nice to have Maps open without navigation enabled but without the option to disable dimming it's useless. 

Wouldnt say its 'useless', but agree its annoying.  

 
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