How to Change Auto Lock on the iPhone 6

Last updated: March 22, 2019

Pocket and purse dialing have long been a problem for cell phone owners. The most common method that has been used to combat these unwanted button presses is to simply lock the screen. A locked screen can only be unlocked in a certain way, and the likelihood of items in your purse or pocket accidentally unlocking the device are pretty slim.

Your iPhone has a setting called Auto-Lock that even takes care of this for you. If you haven’t interacted with the screen in a set amount of time, then the iPhone will lock the screen on its own. But you may find that the current auto lock setting is either too short or too long, so you decide that you want to change it to a different option. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting.

If you are using an iOS version lower than iOS 10, jump to this section.

How to Change the Auto-Lock Setting in iOS 10

  1. Tap the Settings icon.
  2. Select the Display & Brightness option.
  3. Select the Auto-Lock option.
  4. Choose the amount of time after which the screen will lock.

Steps and pictures for changing the auto-lock setting in iOS 10 are shown below. Note that you can also find the raise to wake option on this menu, too.

Step 1: Select the Settings icon.

open settings

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Display & Brightness.

open display and brightness

Step 3: Open the Auto-Lock menu.

open the auto lock menu

Step 4: Select the amount of time that you want the iPhone to wait before locking the screen automatically.

how to chang ethe auto lock time in ios 10

The steps in the section above work on iOS 10 and newer versions of the operating system, but the process was slightly different in older versions. You can see steps for iOS 9 in the next section.

Here is how to adjust the auto-lock setting in iOS 9 –

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Open the General menu.
  3. Open the Auto-Lock menu.
  4. Select your new auto lock setting.

These steps are also shown below with pictures –

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and tap the General option.

tap general button

Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Auto-Lock option.

open auto-lock enu

Step 4: Select your new auto lock time. Note that this is the period of inactivity after which your iPhone’s screen will automatically lock. If you select the Never option, then your iPhone screen will remain on until you press the Power button on the side or top of the device to manually lock the screen.

change auto lock on iphone 6

Note that some apps can override the auto-lock setting, such as video apps, or reading apps. Some examples of these apps include Netflix, YouTube, and Kindle.

If you only need to make the change temporarily, then disabling the auto-lock can be really useful if you’re reading a recipe in your Web browser.

Some other lock settings on the iPhone that you might want to adjust – newsletter
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