Your iPhone’s screen will typically go to sleep on its own when you haven’t touched the screen in a short period of time. It’s difficult to remember to manually lock your phone, and this auto-sleep feature can help to preserve battery life, as well as minimize pocket and purse dials.
But if you often use your phone in situations where you need the screen to stay on, especially when you may not be touching the screen for a few minutes, then you are likely wondering how to keep the iPhone 7 screen from going to sleep. Fortunately this is possible by adjusting a setting that controls this very action.
How to Stop the iPhone 7 Screen from Going to Sleep
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.3.1. Note that we are going to be changing a setting for your iPhone’s display that will prevent it from locking on its own automatically. This means that the screen will remain on until you manually lock it by pressing the Power button on the side of the device. This can lead your battery to diminish more rapidly, and may occasionally cause actions to occur on the device when it is in your pocket or purse because the screen is still active.
Step 1: Tap the Settings button.
Step 2: Open the Display & Brightness menu.
Step 3: Touch the Auto-Lock option.
Step 4: Select the Never option.
As mentioned earlier, this will prevent your iPhone from ever going to sleep on its own. The only time the screen will go to sleep is when you press the Power button on the side or top of the device.
Find out more about the yellow battery icon on your iPhone to see what it means, and why it can be so helpful. If you have problems with your battery dying before the end of the day, then enabling that yellow battery icon can be very useful.
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.