One of the most frustrating experiences while using a smartphone is the screen timeout. Tweaking it exactly to sync with your usage patterns can be troublesome and exhausting. It either becomes too long or too short. Most of the time, a sweet-spot for timeouts is hard to find. If this is something you can relate to, check out FacePause.

FacePause pauses the screen when it fails to detect a face. A blueish tint appears on the screen for which the transparency can be adjusted by tweaking the settings of the app. This can come in handy especially when you’re watching videos or playing games. However, don’t expect this to work fine with online games. Take a look at the video below to get a hands-on demo of the app.

It is worth noting that the app doesn’t use face-recognition algorithms to detect who is looking at the phone. It will keep the screen on as long as it detects a face, whether it’s yours or someone else’s.

The biggest concern one might have while using this app is the battery drain thanks to the app using the front camera all the time, and to solve that, the app comes with a power-saving mode which stops using the sensors the moment the screen gets locked. With the power-saving mode turned on, you’ll have to tap on the screen to dismiss the overlay — that’s more manual work for you to do, but it will save battery.

There are options to tweak the frequency of face detection, changing the color of screen overlay, using the rear camera for face detection, and an app booster. So, if all these features sound interesting to you, check out Face Pause on the Google Play Store.

Download FacePause from the Play Store (Free)