How to change the auto-lock time on your iPhone or iPad

How to change the auto-lock time on your iPhone or iPad

The auto-lock feature on the iPhone and iPad lets you control how long you want the screen to stay on when the device isn't being used. The shorter the amount of time you set it for, the faster the screen will go off due to inactivity. A shorter auto-lock time will make your iPhone or iPad prompt for a passcode faster, which results in better security. Not to mention battery life can improve since the screen isn't on as often. Follow along and we'll show you how to edit your auto-lock settings.

How to change how quickly your iPhone or iPad auto locks

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Now choose the Auto-Lock option.
  4. Tap on the option you'd like for your iPhone or iPad.

That's it. Your iPhone or iPad will now abide by the auto-lock time you've selected. If you use auto-lock, what do you have it set for? Let me know what you chose and why in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to change the auto-lock time on your iPhone or iPad

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Very good Ally, there are many people I know that just leaves it as default. I love your articles!

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Around the house/work/local area, I typically set mine to lock after an hour. When I am out of town I will typically change it to lock after one minute. For example, recently spent a week vacationing in Orlando/Disney World. Would be easy to drop/ lose.

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Side note: The device will NOT auto-lock when plugged in and streaming music. That's an OS feature. :)