Post updated: November 21, 2016 for iOS 10
Your iPhone has a feature called Auto-Lock that will tell the iPhone to lock the screen after a certain period of inactivity. This is meant to both protect your device from unintended screen taps, while also extending battery life by turning off the screen when it is not being used.
While this is helpful if you are using the device in normal situations, you may find the frequent screen locking to be difficult if you are reading something on the screen, or if your hands are not free to keep the screen from locking, such as when following a recipe that you have found on a website. Our guide below will show you how to set the amount of time that the iPhone will wait before it chooses to lock your screen.
How to Increase the Amount of Time That the iPhone Screen Waits Before Locking
Device used: iPhone 6 Plus
Software version: iOS 9.1
The steps in this article will adjust the Auto-Lock setting on your iPhone. You can specify the amount of time of inactivity for which the iPhone will wait before it automatically locks the screen. Note, however, that illuminating the iPhone screen is one of the biggest battery drains on the device. Additionally, if the iPhone is not locked and is in your pocket or a bag, then objects may touch locations on your screen and cause things such as pocket dialing.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Auto-Lock option.
Step 4: Select the amount of time that you would like the iPhone to wait before it locks automatically. Note that this time is for a period of inactivity, so your iPhone screen will not lock automatically if you are touching the screen. If you select the Never option, then your iPhone will only lock the screen when you manually press the Power button on the top or side of the device.
How to Increase the Auto-Lock Time in iOS 10 and Make the Screen Stay on for Longer
Device used: iPhone 7 Plus
Software version: iOS 10.1
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap Display & Brightness.
Step 3: Open the Auto-Lock menu.
Step 4: Select your desired amount of time.
Summary – How to increase the auto-lock time on the iPhone and make the screen stay on for longer –
- Tap the Settings icon.
- Select the Display & Brightness option.
- Open the Auto-Lock menu.
- Select the amount of time that you want the iPhone to wait before locking the screen.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.