Keep iPad screen from going to sleep

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by thecause007, May 18, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2010
    Any ideas on how to keep the iPad screen from going to sleep due to inactivity? I want to use it as a calendar on my desk, but it doesn't do much good if I can't see the screen after a few minutes.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    RTFM. But seriously, you can change it in the settings. It's the Auto-lock setting you want.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2010
    Wow. Intuitive name.

    So that gives me up to 15 minutes, and then I am SOL. What I'm looking for is to prevent it from going to sleep period.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Sep 3, 2009
    Ok, well I am going to assume you have a Work Exchange account on there. I just read a post that says, your exchange server has the ability to not allow "NEVER" on the AutoLock settings for security reasons.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    You don't see the "Never" option?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA

    do you have an exchange account configured?

    sometimes the policy of the server doesnt allow never sleep mode on a mobile device.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2010
    Nada on the "never" option for me. You had me worried that I was really losing my mind for a second.

    Yep, I do have an exchange account configured, which is what I'm using for my calendar, contacts, and obviously email. Unfortunately we have our exchange server hosted by MS so there is probably a slim to none chance of getting that changed. Any way around this?
  8. macrumors 68020

    Sep 3, 2009
    Sadly, you'll need to talk to the Exchange Admin, or remove the exchange account.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2009
    find an app which does your calender functions and has a no-lock option built in I guess?
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    Sorry if I sounded sarcastic. I was just joking around. ;)

    Does this happen even when you're watching movies?

    Maybe worth emailing Apple to make them aware of the issue? If enough people do, then they might offer a workaround.
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2010
    Getting anything out of our IT dept. is like trying to convince your wife that she looks fine in that dress. Guess I'll have to figure something else out. It's kind of a catch-22, since if I disable the exchange account I lose the calendar that I want to be able to see. Maybe I can sync my exchange calendar with another iCal calendar?

    For me, having the iPad act as an always on desk calendar that keeps up with my exchange calendar seems like a killer use case.
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2010
    Luckily movies work fine, although it does time out while listening to music, which is kind of annoying. Usually the screen times out right before I want to skip a track.

    I can see the logic behind having the setting, so I doubt Apple would do anything about it. It really boils down to allowing the exchange admin have control over the devices, so the sheeple don't get into trouble on their own. I was a little surprised to see the heavy hand extended to the iPad though, since it seems like more of a consumer device and less business-like than the iPhone.
  13. macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008

    You are losing your mind. There is a "never" option in there.
  14. macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2008
    Hampshire, England
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    Or you didn't bother reading the thread.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2010
    Keep iPad screen from going to sleep

    What you're looking for is property idleTimerDisabled of the UIApplication object. To disable the idle timer,

    [[UIApplication sharedApplication] setIdleTimerDisabled:YES];

    See the UIApplication class reference for more details.

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