Daily Tip: How to alter the Auto-Lock time or turn it off altogether

Annoyed by the iPhone Auto-Lock feature on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and wondering how to alter it or turn it off completely?? I know I am! I put the iPhone down for a minute, the screen goes off and I have to slide to unlock to get back to where I was again, it’s all a little bit annoying. The good news is that Apple has provided us with a way to customise the time it takes for this feature to activate or if you really hate it, turn it off altogether.

Here’s how to configure Auto-Lock

  1. Open up Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Auto-Lock

You will now see a list of times, these represent the time lapse between you not touching the screen and the screen turning off and requiring you to turn it back on with a slide to unlock. It is always set as standard to one minute. Here you can change that time to a maximum of five minutes.

The final option is “Never” be careful with this option as it will leave your iPhone screen on and active; unless you physically turn it off. This will cause a huge decrease in battery life and no doubt lead to a lot of pocket calling.

That’s it, once you have chosen your time setting, that’s how it will behave in the future. I have mine set on two minutes, makes more sense to me than one minute!

Also realize that, if you use a Passcode Lock for security, this will delay or prevent it from activating. Convenience and security are always at odds and you need to find the balance that works best for you.

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