iPhone or iPad’s display automatically turns off and the device gets locked after some time of inactivity. This happens to make sure there is no loss of battery and to prevent an unauthorized person from using the device. However the default screen time out settings might be too long or too short for you, and you might want to increase or decrease this setting. Thankfully iOS allows users to change the Auto-Lock settings, making it possible for them to choose the screen time out of their liking.

How to change Auto-Lock time on iOS


  1. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch open the Settings app.
  2. Now tap on ‘Display & Brightness’ from the menu.
  3. Next tap on ‘Auto-Lock’ option.
  4. On the next page you will find different options including 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes and ‘Never’.

You can choose the amount of time after you want the screen to dim and the device to be locked. While you can choose a larger number as well as the ‘Never’ option, that will stop iPhone from auto-locking it is recommended that you choose a shorter option. Choosing a longer timeout setting can negatively affect the battery life of your device.

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