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Is there any straight forward way of preventing an iOS device from sleeping?

The only way I found so far is to open the "Music" app and start playing (and muting the volume if I don't really want to listen to anything), but this feels like a hack, and I'm not sure if it works when the device is running on batteries.

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Yes you can, go to:

Settings > General > Auto-Lock > Never

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