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How to change Auto-Lock on your iPhone and iPad

iPhone Lock Screen on an iPhone with Touch ID
iPhone Lock Screen on an iPhone with Touch ID (Image credit: iMore)

Your iPhone and iPad will, by default, auto-lock your phone after two minutes of sitting idle. If you are tired of having to deal with the Lock screen every two minutes, you can easily change the amount of time it takes, or even turn it off completely!

How to turn off Auto-Lock on your iPhone and iPad

If you prefer to have complete control over when your iPhone or iPad locks, you can always turn off Auto-Lock.

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap on Auto Lock.
  4. Tap on the Never option.

How to change the Auto-Lock time on your iPhone and iPad

You can turn the screen off on your iPhone or iPad at any time, but by default it will turn off automatically after 2 minutes to save on power. If that time limit doesn't suit you, it's easy to change.

Note: You can't change Auto-Lock time when in Power Saver Mode.

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap on Auto Lock.
  4. Tap on the timing you prefer:
    • 30 Seconds
    • 1 Minute
    • 2 Minutes
    • 3 Minutes
    • 4 Minutes
    • 5 Minutes
    • Never

How to turn Lock/Unlock on and off on your iPad

If you have a cover for your iPad, you will probably notice that every time you close it your iPad will lock. Plus, every time you lift the cover off your iPad will unlock itself. If you don't like this feature you can easily turn it off.

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap on the Lock/Unlock switch. Green means the feature is enabled and grey means it's disabled.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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3 Comments
  • If you have corporate mail on your iphone some features like no passcode and never lock will not be available. Sent from the iMore App
  • That seems fair, security is important in that situation
  • Not if your physicians are using an app to dictate. Then this non-feature is not only a nuisance, but it causes rework.