How to change the screen timeout on BlackBerry 10

How to change the screen timeout for BlackBerry 10
By DJ Reyes on 11 Feb 2013 01:47 pm EST

When using your BlackBerry 10 device you don't always need to keep the screen on long after you stop looking at it and to save battery life, you'll want to keep the backlight on as low a duration as possible. By default, the screen timeout is set to 30 seconds. For most, this setting is fine. But if you want to lower, or even increase the duration you can do in the settings. Continue reading to see how!

  • Tap the Settings icon or swipe down from the top bezel to bring the homescreen menu and select from there
  • Tap Display
BlackBerry 10 System Settings
  • Scroll down to Screen Lock and tap Screen Lock Timeout and select your preferred duration from there

BlackBerry Z10 Screen Lock Settings

That's pretty much it. You can find all our BlackBerry 10 how-tos, tip and tricks here

Reader comments

How to change the screen timeout on BlackBerry 10


Was thinking the exact same thing.

I also noticed the screen has a very soft looking tone, almost like an LCD TV, versus a sharper plasma display where the colors pop more. I own both so each to me has their advantages. I'm digging it on the Z10 though.

I really hope that BlackBerry considers enhancing this timeout list to include much longer time values. There's many legitimate cases (especially when plugged in) that I'd like to have a 15min, 30min or even a 1 hour timeout.

For those with access and a desire to vote for it - I have a ticket open in hopes of updating this timer list:

I like the next setting. Allow Gestures When Locked> I might keep that off like on my 9800 I always use the top button to turn on or off

I had the problem of a display timeout when streaming audio content continuously. The timeout caused the streaming to stop.

Applications can override the display timeout setting. Using this information to solve the above problem, I run such application in the background. Problem solved.

It seems some update in the past has removed this setting as 10.2.1 doesn't have it anymore. I was hoping 10.3.1 brings it back but it seems it did not.