Any way to have iPad automatically turn off completely?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by MacGizmo, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

    MacGizmo

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    My son tends to fall asleep watching videos on his iPad. The problem is that the iPad doesn't turn off (sleep) when he's watching YouTube videos because the "related videos" just keep playing on and on. The iPad inevitably gets fairly warm (presumably because it's plugged-in and playing videos sitting on the pillow next to him with inadequate ventilation).

    I can solve this problem by having him use the YouTube app to watch videos, but the YouTube app doesn't show/allow commenting. So he watches in Safari... which shows/allows comments, but you can't turn off the auto play "related videos" feature.

    I've tried every system preference I can think of on the iPad, every YouTube.com preference at the account level, and every iOS app preference I can find. No joy.

    Does anyone have a solution?

    iPad 4, latest iOS version, plugged-in with Apple's power adapater

    PS: Please spare me the parenting advice. ;)
     
  2. jetsam macrumors 6502a

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    Are you awake when he falls asleep? If so, is the issue that you don't want to wake him to shut off his iPad?

    If the answer to both questions is "Yes," then you could use a third-party app, like iMazing, to turn off, or put to sleep, his iPad remotely.
     
  3. flaubert macrumors regular

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    Not exactly a solution to your problem, but if you use a different browser like iCab for iOS you can set the user agent string to something else (like desktop Mac Safari). Presumably then you would get the switch to turn off related video content, which could then eventually trigger the iPad to lock, since there is no ongoing user input.
     
  4. MacGizmo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) our son is quite responsible as far as going to bed at a specific time. My wife and I are often sound asleep when he goes to bed, where he will generally watch YouTube for 10 or 15 minutes before falling asleep. We definitely need an automated solution. But thanks for the app recommendation... we may look into it anyway.

    I think we can do that in Safari now... the problem is that it works on a per-video basis, does it not?
     
  5. flaubert macrumors regular

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    I don’t see user agent customization in standard iOS Safari preferences. So far as I know it is not possible without using one of the third party browsers.
     
  6. MacGizmo, Apr 28, 2019
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    MacGizmo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I meant that the user agent string isn't even necessary, as the related content option is in the youtube video itself, not a preference based on the browser. At least, that's what I'm seeing.
     

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