Set up a screensaver

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

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn your screensaver off

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Advanced and then Screensaver.
  3. Tap When to start and then Never. (If you don't see 'When to start', turn off screensaver.)

Set your screensaver

Step 1: Choose what your screensaver shows

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Advanced and then Current screensaver.
  3. Tap an option:
    • Clock: See a digital or analogue clock. To choose your clock or make your screen less bright, next to Clock, tap Settings Settings.
    • Colours: See changing colours on your screen.
    • Photos: See photos from the Photos app. To choose your source or change the settings, next to Photos, tap Settings Settings.
    • Other apps: If you've downloaded an app that works with your screensaver, you'll see it listed.

Step 2: Choose when your screensaver shows

Your phone or tablet can use a screensaver 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 screensaver settings, tap When to start. (If you don't see 'When to start', tap More More and then When to start.)
  2. Tap While dockedWhile charging or While charging or docked.

Step 3: Test your screensaver

To see what your screensaver will look like, tap Start now. (If you don't see 'Start now', tap More More and then Start now.)

Enter Sleep mode to start your screensaver

After you've set your screensaver, 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:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Advanced and then Sleep.
  3. Choose an option.

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

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