How to keep chromebook display awake

One of the biggest issues Chrome OS users have to face is the lack of display settings on chromebooks. We can adjust the brightness, but that is about it. Natively, we can’t choose how long these laptops will keep the screen on after being inactive; nor can we choose when it will go to sleep.

This seems like a huge overlook when building any operating system, but Google simply doesn’t feel like it is a priority. And it’s true, most people don’t care for changing these settings. Those of us who do care will simply have to go with our lovely third-party developers for help.


The best way to keep your laptop and screen awake for long periods of inactivity time has been an extension. My favorite happens to be Keep Awake, which allows you to “switch between modes where the screen is kept on, the system is prevented from sleeping, or power-saving settings are left unchanged.”

The Chrome extension simply displays an icon on your extensions bar. It displays a different icon per mode. The moon signifies stock settings, while the sun means your screen will stay on and the sundown image signifies the system won’t go to sleep. You can simply click on the extension to switch modes.

Download Keep Awake

It is really that simple! You can go ahead and download the extension straight from the Chrome Web Store.


We do wish we could customize these settings more. For example, being able to change the settings when the machine is plugged in or not, or being able to choose exactly how long a computer’s screen should stay on.

There is a feature request on Chromium’s reports which you can vote for. If you have been looking for display settings on your Chromebook, your best bet would be to vote for the feature request. Until Google decides to get on this, we will just have to live with extensions like Keep Awake.

  • John Scott

    Its too bad that work around’s have to be used with something that most operating systems include in settings. If Google is to really make Chromebook a household word and not just another Linux like geek toy. It must realize the vast differences of users who want to customize their computers for their needs. One size does not fit all. One setting does not satisfy the many.

  • Kenny Strawn

    Happen to personally have a packaged app in the Web Store that serves a similar purpose…

  • what is difference between “screen is kept on”, and, “the system is prevented from sleeping”?

  • DaleJ

    The Keep Awake works when I have an Internet connection, but I need it to work where I must login as guest because I don’t have the Internet. Is this possible?

  • David Gualdron
  • objectiveview75

    it took me 15 secs to download and have it up and running…..easy easy…chromebook was designed to have its consumers use google play store.

  • David

    The word you’re looking for is “oversight,” not “overlook.”

  • DB01

    Chromebox doesn’t sleep often enough for me during the night. Is it because of an extension
    or app that’s preventing this?

  • unger

    I have had mine for less than a year and it stoped working
    won’t turn on this is the worst computer I have ever purchased…..
    Stay away from this garbage.