I was recently playing around a bit with the new Shortcuts app on the iPhone.

Is there an action to "prevent screen from going to sleep". Ideally, I'd want to activate it when a certain app is running. While the condition is easy to set, I can't find any way to then assign a "prevent sleeping" action.

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    How would you accomplish „prevent sleep“ manually (without Shortcuts)? – nohillside Oct 22 '19 at 13:32
  • @nohillside Manually I have to use the Display/Brightness setting "Auto-Lock" to "Never". – jan Oct 23 '19 at 17:52

As a workaround, I'd use combination of Low-power mode and Auto-Lock after t time.

In Display and Brightness Settings, you can set auto-lock to 1-5 minutes or never. Now since this might drain battery, use low power mode when your "condition is not met". This locks the auto-lock timer to 30 seconds.

Low power mode has its own cons, like some syncs disabled, reduced brightness etc.


The closest you can currently do is to automatically open the correct settings screen using Shortcuts. This can be achieved by creating an URL and opening it in Safari:


This will open the settings accordingly in the right place.

Action Setting

More URL schemes can be found here: A Comprehensive Guide to All 120+ Settings URLs Supported by iOS and iPadOS 13.1.

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