How to change the backlight timeout on your BlackBerry

BlackBerry Backlight Timeout
By Adam Zeis on 25 Jul 2012 03:13 pm EDT

Another great way you can customize your BlackBerry is by adjusting the amount of time before the screen dims (or "times out"). Depending on your needs, you can have this option set anywhere from 10 seconds up to 2 minutes. If you're not familiar with the term, the backlight timeout is the time in which it takes your screen to dim after you last touch the screen, trackpad or a key on the device. Personally, I like to keep mine at 10 or 20 seconds to save battery, but I'm sure some have it set at high as 90 seconds or even a full 2 minutes. Keep reading and we'll look at how easy it is to change the backlight timeout on your BlackBerry.

How to change the Backlight Timeout on your BlackBerry Smartphine

  • From the home screen, go to Options > Display > Screen Display
  • Scroll down to Backlight Timeout
  • Choose the option you'd like (the lower the time, the better the battery savings)
  • Press the Menu key and choose Save 

Again, your setting here will be whatever you want depending on your needs. If you want the screen to quickly go off after using your device, choose 10 or 20 seconds. If you want it to remain on longer, go higher. While the default limit for timeout is 2 minutes, you can always grab an app like Leave It On to have your screen stay on indefinitely for things like navigation apps, the media player and more.

For more great tips be sure to head to the CrackBerry Forums. 

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Reader comments

How to change the backlight timeout on your BlackBerry


Now that's funny right there!

Heck I do like this post mainly for the remain on app. Gonna download it now.

LOL really this is a posting. I thought this feature was quite abvious and not a hidden secret like it's made to seem.

RIM is the best and I am a crackberry addict.

I bet there's someone who doesn't know about this. Instead of Leave It On, there's an option in Quicklaunch called Stay Lit that I have setup on a hotkey when I want my screen to stay on.

good post all the same. didin't realize that having the backlight stay on for so long was causing me to touch the screen on my phone when i hold it in my hand. turning the timer will solve my problem

The back light brightness on the top is the best battery saver option for the bold 990 9930 and you barely notice the difference!