www.makeuseof.com How to Make Your iPhone or iPad Screen Stay Unlocked for Longer

Imagine you want to copy something down or draw something off your device screen. It would be ideal if your screen didn’t shut off every few seconds, wouldn’t it? Here’s where changing your iPhone’s Auto-Lock timing comes in handy.

By default, your iPhone or iPad’s screen goes to sleep after 30 seconds of inactivity. Sometimes having to unlock your device over and over again can get more than a little annoying, but Auto-Lock allows you to control how long your device’s screen can stay on for.

Let’s find out how to change Auto-Lock on an iPhone and iPad below.

How to Change Auto-Lock on Your iPhone or iPad

Altering this setting all you need to do to make your iPhone screen stay unlocked for a longer or shorter period of time. Follow these steps to change Auto-Lock timing:

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What to Do if Auto-Lock Is Grayed Out?

If you open the Settings and see Auto-Lock is grayed out with 30 seconds written next to it, don’t panic. There’s a very simple reason for this, and fixing it takes less than a minute.


When your iPhone or iPad is on Low Power Mode, your device sets Auto-Lock timing to 30 seconds in order to conserve battery. If you don’t want your iPhone or iPad screen to shut down that quickly, all you need to do is switch off Low Power Mode. Here is how you can do so:

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Go back to your Display settings, and you’ll see Auto-Lock won’t be grayed out for you anymore. You can now change it to any option you want to use.

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Choose How Quickly Your iPhone or iPad Goes to Sleep

Auto-Lock in Settings allows you to change how long it takes for your iPhone or iPad screen to turn off. You can choose from any of the timings ranging from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. If you don’t ever want your screen to shut off, a Never option is also available. What more could you need?

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Hiba is a Staff Writer for MUO. Along with pursuing a degree in Medicine, she has an uncanny interest in everything technology and a strong desire to hone her skills and consistently expand her knowledge.

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