How to set custom Sleep or Screensaver times on the Amazon Fire TV or Stick without root

While the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick allow you to select from never, 5, 10, or 15 minutes for the screensaver timer, there is nowhere in the device’s settings to change the sleep timer. That’s set to 20 minutes regardless of how the screensaver is configured. Even though it’s not in the interface, it’s actually possible to set a custom sleep timer, a custom screensaver timer, or disable them altogether. This guide will show you how.

I’ve written guides about these topics in the past, but new methods have been discovered that do not require rooting the device. Thanks to mattgyver83, ftvlover, chiefs1975, and Y314K for their research and findings on this subject.

The numeric values you use in this guide are in milliseconds. The default sleep value is 1200000, which is 20 minutes. The default screensaver value is 300000, which is 5 minutes. If you select “never” from the Fire TV’s screensaver settings, the screensaver timer gets set to 2147460000, which is about 24 days. Setting a value of 0 does not disable the screensaver but it does seem to work to disable the sleep timer, however it may be better to just use a very large value like Amazon does to disable the screensaver.

The sleep timer starts counting immediately after the device goes idle, not from when the screensaver starts. So setting a 5 minute screensaver timer and a 10 minute sleep timer will result in the device going to sleep 5 minutes after the screensaver starts.

Guide

  1. Connect to your Fire TV device via ADB. If you don’t know how to do that, follow this guide.
  2. To set a custom sleep timer run the command:
    adb shell settings put secure sleep_timeout 123456789

    To set a custom screensaver timer run the command:
    adb shell settings put system screen_off_timeout 123456789

    (Remember to change 123456789 to the value in milliseconds that you want to set. Use 0 and 2147460000 to disable the sleep and screensaver timer, respectively.)

  3. [OPTIONAL] To see the current timer value, and verify the value you entered was correctly saved, run this command for the sleep timer:
    adb shell settings get secure sleep_timeout

    And this command for the screensaver timer:
    adb shell settings get system screen_off_timeout

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30 comments
  1. Max says:

    The FireTV stick has a sleep timeout of 5 minutes (not 20), which drove me crazy. And this method does not work!!! But I found an app that lets you set the sleep timeout. It’s “AppStarter”.

    • Y314K says:

      What FW version are you on & are you rotted or not. If the AppStarter sleep timeout setting worked. Then one can probably find the code that it is using to change it on the FTVS1 thru the AppStarter GitHub. Just saying.

      Also make sure you are not inputting the whole code at once.

      In my case what works best for me is to first open the ADB Shell

      ADB Shell

      And then input the code

      settings get secure sleep_timeout

      The one above will let you view it, the one below will let you change it.
      Then just use the one above to confirm the change. (Change shown below to 20 minutes)

      adb shell settings put secure sleep_timeout 1200000

      Unless the FTVS1 names it’s settings apk different of is a missing a part like the missing screen calibration on one of the devices ROM. It just might be a bug. SO it might be fix in the future. But it you say it works on AppStarter then some code is definitely there. If you ever get bored. Take a snoop around the GitHub.

      • Max says:

        I’m running the latest version and not rooted. Changing the setting with adb never worked (I verified the setting change, but the sleep timeout remained 5 minutes no matter what). Then I found AppStarter, and it worked perfectly (showed the 5 minute timeout and let me change it to whatever).

        And again, it was 5 minutes! Not 20! 20 would not have been so unbearable…

        • Alek says:

          I concur Maxes results are correct, this doesn’t work on the latest version of OS on 2nd gen Fire Stick. To add to this, my fire stick worked properly for almost 6 months now running video surveillance app without ever going to screen saver or to sleep or stand by mode. It would go to screen saver after some time when playback is paused on Kodi, but never in the middle of the movie. Then one day suddenly started switching to screen saver than to Fire Stick Home screen then to black screen. When turned off screen saver, it went direct to Home screen and then black screen.

    • Kris M says:

      Followed instructions exactly, and it has worked for me. Fire TV Box 2nd Gen.

  2. Y314K says:

    Great AIO Guide Elias. Should make it easier for future AIO linking.

    I thought the reason why the 2147460000 value was given for 24 days (actually 24 days & 20.52 hours) might be because of an actual maximum input barrier. But I was able to change things to 30 days aka 2592000000 milliseconds without any problems. Just saying. It is possible to put more days. It doesn’t really matter since 99.9999999…% of us will definitely, even accidentally, touch a button on the FTV’s remote within the 24 day period. Therefore restarting the timeout countdown.

    • AFTVnews says:

      That’s good to know, thanks. I did some searching to try and figure out why that value was chosen but came up empty. BTW, I did personally verify that this works on non-rooted devices, since I saw you asked about that on XDA.

      • Y314K says:

        Yeah, this is a great code find since it seems to be irrelevant of root or nonroot. Love it when there is no differentiation. Since all my devices are rooted. I usually have to request feedback regarding unrooted devices. I don’t visit my friends & family that I gifted nonrooted FTVS1’s to often to test things.

        BTW, I was not able to duplicate & I have not had time to visit my friend that swears that after the latest update he can ScreenCast from the same phone I own on his FTVS1 (He couldn’t before the update). So back to square one on that front/feature.

  3. getNo says:

    worked for me

  4. J2O says:

    Command worked for me, Fire TV 2 FW: 5.2.4.1 – non-rooted obviously. Haven’t waited 20 mins to see if it worked yet though :)

  5. Jack says:

    You can not imagine how happy I saw this tutorial. Thank you so much!

    • Jack says:

      My android tv installed ‘Ugoos TV Launcher’ after the continuous display screensaver, because screensaver timer = 0
      Thank you again
      sorry for my bad English

  6. Dave says:

    Did not work for sleep timeout on Fire TV Stick.

    • Alek says:

      I concur, it does not work for 2nd gen Fire Stick running Fire OS 5.2.6.3 (606753620)… When it was running the previous version of OS there was no problem staying awake at all.

  7. Theresa Custer says:

    Where do I run the command at?

  8. bob ruthazer says:

    My firestick seems yo dim significantly during dark scenes in movies. Then brightens again when the scene is lighter. Will this fix that problem? Other thoughts?

    • J2O says:

      Hi bob ruthazer,

      Do you by any chance have an LG tv? Google ‘LG Global Dimming issue’ if you do.. I have an LG and mine does this during dark scenes, it’s a ‘feature’ but LG don’t give you much option to turn it off….

  9. Aaron Schlottman says:

    Can i change the amount of time that a picture stays on the screen during the screensaver rotation?

    Also, is it possible to use video files of any sort that will play during the rotation? I am using this device in a digital signage application.

  10. Balaji says:

    I just noticed that there has been an update for Amazon Firetv Stick Screensaver option. Now there are multiple collections being shown to select the screensaver photos. Other than Amazon Collection, I can see the folders from my Mobile Phone!!! Not sure how come my mobile phone’s Gallery Folders are shown in my Firetv Stick. The only connection they both have is, my phone also has Amazon Prime Video app installed in it. Or is the Firetv Stick fetching my phone’s gallery folders using my Google login? Not sure!! I’m totally confused.

    Anyone having similar experience?

  11. great wall says:

    The instructions work for me. Thanks.

    Device Info:

    Device Name: Bed Room Fire TV Stick
    Software version: Fire OS 5.2.6.0 (587444820)
    Storage Capacity: 3.96GB of 5.57GB available
    Fire TV Home Version: 6.0.0.0-264
    Serial Number: 7094050454130M5U

  12. Alek says:

    When my fire stick had Fire OS 5.2.6.0 it didn’t have the problem staying awake. It become going to sleep after what seems to be an automatic update to Fire OS 5.2.6.3

  13. Time Trapped says:

    Thank you! I have been trying to figure out how to change the sleep timer for a couple months now.

    This worked for me!

  14. Daniel Volker says:

    Why can’t the fire tablets have a simple system to change or eliminate screensaver ? I have two tablets and am not savvy enough to go through all the moves to make any changes.c
    I just purchased the second ten inch tablet hoping the screensaver was not a standard. I’m seriously considering returning it.
    Help !

  15. Chris says:

    Worked for me. Disabled the screensaver in settings & set the sleep timeout to 0 using the adb command.

  16. Bort says:

    Is there a value I can change for a custom slide *duration*? I have my screensaver set to “slow”, but it changes photo in less than 10 seconds. That makes it distracting and isn’t enough time to even take in a whole photo.

  17. Gintaras says:

    It works. 2nd generation Fire TV stick. I had some issues to run adb using mac os, but using windows it was easy to set up this freaky sleep timer to its maximum value.
    Thanks.

  18. Douglas Schmidt says:

    Worked for me. Great guide!

    I’m on Fire OS 5.2.6.6, 2nd Gen.

    Set my screen saver to 2 min (120000 ms) and the sleep timer to the maximum (2147460000 ms) since the stick doesn’t turn off my Samsung TV when it goes to sleep. I like having all the pictures running when I’m not actually watching TV.

    Thanks!

    P.S. – AppStarter did NOT work for me.

  19. Nathan says:

    Thank you for this guide. I had tried to do this with my MacBook Pro but this can be done much faster actually if you just use an Android Phone:

    1) Install the “Remote ADB Shell” app by Cameron Gutman on your Android phone
    2) Enable “ADB Debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources” on your FireTV
    3) Find the IP address of your FireTV from the About > Network Menu
    4) Using the “Remote ADB Shell” app on your phone, connect to the FireTV’s IP address
    5) Run any of the commands you see in this article, but leave off the “adb shell” at the beginning. E.g. “settings get secure sleep_timeout” works just fine.

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