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Set up a screen saver

Your Android phone or tablet screen saver can show photos, colorful backgrounds, a clock, and more when your device is charging or docked.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn your screen saver on or off

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Display and then Screen saver.
  3. At the top, tap the On/Off switch.

Set your screen saver

Step 1: Choose what your screen saver shows

In your device's Settings app and then Display and then Screen saver, tap an option:

  • Clock
    See a digital or analog clock. To choose your clock or make your screen less bright, next to the clock option, tap Settings Settings.
  • Colors
    See changing colors on your screen.
  • News & weather
    See top news headlines.
  • Photos
    See photos from the Photos app.
    1. Next to Photos, tap Settings Settings.
    2. To pick your photos source, tap under "Google Accounts" or "Albums on Device."
    3. By default, your screen saver uses only Wi-Fi to load photos. To turn this option off or back on, tap Only use Wifi for data.
  • Other apps
    If you've downloaded an app that works with your screen saver, you'll see it listed.

Step 2: Choose when your screen saver shows

Your phone or tablet can use a screen saver when your device is charging, docked, or both. Docked means that your device is connected to a dock, a type of phone accessory.

  1. While on the screen saver settings, tap More More and then When to start screen saver.
  2. Tap While dockedWhile charging, or Either.

Step 3: Test your screen saver

To see what your screen saver will look like, tap More More and then Start now.

Enter Sleep mode to start your screen saver

After you've set your screen saver, you'll see it when your device goes into Sleep mode.

To change how long it takes for your device to go into Sleep mode, open your device's Settings app Settings. Under "Device," tap Display and then Sleep.

Important: If you turn off your device with the Power button, your screen saver won't start. Instead, leave your screen on so that your device goes into Sleep mode on its own.

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