Like many people, I like to play Pokemon GO almost daily; however, I never allow it to dominate my day and make sure that I play the augmented reality game safely while walking on pavement and roads. Trying to keep my phone’s screen from timing out has irritated me since I began to play the game.

Keep the Screen on for Pokemon GO
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When I was a newbie to Pokemon GO, the one interruption I regularly faced that was harder to deal with than catching Pokemon and getting free PokeCoins was keeping the screen on. My phone’s screen would always auto-lock after it had timed out, and I found having to unlock it right in the middle of a game time and time again to be annoying, to say the least! In fact, it would often mean that I would miss out on catching a Pokemon, and I knew that could no longer continue.

Fortunately, I soon discovered a simple solution that means I can keep my screen on all of the time while playing the game.

How to keep the screen on while playing Pokemon GO

Unlike Android, iOS allows you to keep your iPad or iPhone screen on for as long as you want to. This is perfect for anyone who does not want the inconvenience of regular disruptions due to their screen going dark.

Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, and then tap on General.

Tap on Settings to get the screen to stay on for Pokemon Go

Step 2: Scroll to Auto-Lock and tap on it.

Step 3: Now you should be able to see as many as seven different time-out options for you to choose from.

  • 30 Seconds
  • 1 Minute
  • 2 Minutes
  • 3 Minutes
  • 4 Minutes
  • 5 Minutes
  • Never

Which option you choose is up to you, but if you want the screen to never time-out when you’re playing Pokemon GO, you should choose Never. And that is all you have to do to solve the irritating issue that is the screen timing-out when trying to catch a Pokemon.

If you’re looking for ways to get one up on your friends when playing the game, have you considered taking advantage of any cheats, tweaks, or tips? There are many available for both stock iOS and players with jailbroken devices.