How to Make iPhone 13 Screen Stay on Longer

Striking the right balance between utility and battery management is something that smartphone owners have struggled with for a while. It’s often useful to keep your screen on when you haven’t touched it for a while, but extended usage of the display can drain your battery.

Fortunately, you can make your iPhone 13 screen stay on for a longer amount of time by going to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock > and choosing one of the options there.

This is a feature that has been available on many iPhone models in most of the newer versions of iOS and can be a lifesaver if you often need to keep your screen illuminated for an extended period of time while you check it as you perform certain tasks.

Our guide below will show you the steps for changing the iPhone’s screen timeout settings to one of several different options. You can even choose to stop the screen from turning out automatically at all so that you manually lock and unlock the device each time.

How to Change the Screen Timeout Time on an iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Display & Brightness.
  3. Choose Auto-Lock.
  4. Tap the desired length of time.

Our guide continues below with additional information on making the iPhone 13 screen stay on longer, including pictures of these steps.

How to Keep iPhone 13 Screen On (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in iOS 15.0.2. These steps will work on most other iPhone models in most other versions of the iOS operating system.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

If you can’t find it on your Home screen then you can swipe down on the Home screen to open Spotlight Search, then type “settings” into the search field and select the app from the search results.

open iPhone settings

Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Display & Brightness menu option.

select the Display and Brightness option

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

The length of time displayed there now is the current screen timeout duration.

choose Auto Lock

Step 4: Select the desired amount of time that you want your iPhone to wait before it shuts your screen off automatically.

how to make the iPhone 13 screen stay on for longer

Continue reading below for additional discussion about changing the iPhone 13 auto-lock setting.

More Information on How to Change How Long Your iPhone Screen Stays On

As you saw on the screen in the last step of the section above, the options for the iPhone’s auto-lock setting are:

  • 30 seconds
  • 1 minute
  • 2 minutes
  • 3 minutes
  • 4 minutes
  • 5 minutes
  • Never

If you choose the “Never” option then your iPhone screen is going to stay on indefinitely until you choose to lock the screen yourself. You can lock the screen at any time, regardless of your auto-lock setting, by pressing the Side power button. On the iPhone 13, this button is located on the right side of the device. On some earlier iPhone models, the Power button is on the top-right of the device.

As indicated on the Auto-Lock menu, attention is detected when you are looking at your iPhone’s screen. If the iPhone detects your attention then it won’t dim the screen.

If you are adjusting the screen time out setting on your iPhone because you are trying to save your battery, then a shorter amount of time is likely the setting that you want to choose. But you may also want to consider enabling “Low Power Mode.” This is a setting on your iPhone that will automatically adjust a number of settings to help extend your battery life. You can find the iPhone Low Power Mode setting by going to Settings > Battery > and tapping the button to the right of Low Power Mode.


Now that you know how to make your iPhone 13 screen stay on for a longer amount of time you can take advantage of it to make your life easier while you are following a tutorial or a recipe. It can be especially useful if your hands are dirty while you are following these steps and you don’t want to keep touching your screen to make it stay on.

If you do choose to use the Never option then it’s important to remember to change back if the switch is only temporary. Having an unlocked iPhone screen in your pocket or bag can result in some unwanted actions like pocket dialing or accidental messaging. It also drains your battery pretty quickly, which can be problematic if you were counting on being able to use your phone later when you might not have access to a charger.

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