If you’ve never adjusted the option on your iPhone 5, then your iPhone screen probably automatically locks after one minute where you haven’t interacted with it. This helps to prevent pocket dials, and it increases your battery life. But occasionally you might be reading something or using an app where you don’t touch your screen for a while, and constantly unlocking your screen can be tedious. Fortunately you can adjust the amount of time before this auto-lock occurs, allowing you to completely prevent the phone screen from locking automatically.
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Disabling Auto-Lock on the iPhone 5
Note that it is very important to remember to turn auto-lock back on when you are done using whatever app for which you are disabling it. If your phone doesn’t lock then it is using a lot more battery and it is susceptible to interaction from items in your pocket or purse. If you intend to turn off auto-lock permanently, then you need to be vigilant about manually locking your screen for the same reasons.
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and touch the Auto-Lock option.
Step 4: Touch the Never option.
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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.
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