The newer generations of the iPad can last a pretty long time on one battery charge, but it still may not be long enough for an entire day.
Our tutorial will show you how to change an iPad setting so that the iPad goes into sleep mode more quickly.
One of the fastest ways to drain your iPad’s battery life is by keeping the screen on.
Therefore, if you are concerned about ensuring that your iPad battery lasts the entire day, it’s a good idea to keep the screen off or in sleep mode whenever you aren’t actively using the device.
While there isn’t a specific mode on the iPad called “sleep,” there are a number of different ways you can adjust your iPad’s settings and interact with the device to ensure that the screen either stays off for an extended period of time or that you are being as efficient with your battery life as possible.
How to Change the Auto Lock Setting on an iPad
All of the steps in this tutorial were performed on a 6th-generation iPad using the iOS 12.2 operating system.
The quickest way to put the iPad into sleep mode and turn off the screen is to press the Sleep/Wake button on the top-right of the iPad.
Some other methods for putting the iPad into a sleep mode involve using the Airplane Mode or Do Not Disturb Mode found on the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right of the screen.
The first section of this article is a quick guide on adjusting the Auto Lock setting for the device.
You can either continue scrolling or click here to view the full guide with images, as well as some additional tips on ways to put your iPad into a sleep state, or adjust its battery consumption.
- Tap the Settings icon.
- Select Display & Brightness from the left side of the screen.
- Touch the Auto Lock button.
- Choose the amount of time for the iPad to wait before turning off the screen.
You can force the iPad screen to turn off at any time by pressing the Sleep/Wake button on the top-right of the device.
If pressing the Sleep/Wake button doesn't turn the iPad back on, then the device may be turned off. You can turn it back on by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button for five seconds until a white Apple logo appears at the center of the screen. If that doesn't work, then the device may not have a battery charge. Try connecting it to a charger for 30 minutes, then try holding the Sleep/Wake button for 5 seconds again.
You can turn your iPad off by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button, then moving the slider on the screen to the right.
The next section includes images for each of these steps if you would like to see some more information while you are making this change ot your iPad’s settings.
Full Guide with Pictures – iPad Auto Lock
These steps were performed on a 6th generation iPad in iOS 12, but are still the same in newer versions of iOS and on newer iPad models. This means that you can use this method for almost any iPad model, ranging from the iPad mini to the iPad Pro.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
If you aren’t able to tap Settings because you don’t see the icon, you can always swipe down on the screen and use the search feature to open the app.
Step 2: Select Display & Brightness from the column on the left side of the screen.
Step 3: Choose the Auto Lock option on the right side of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the period of inactivity after which you would like the iPad to turn off the screen.
Now that you know how to put the iPad in sleep mode by adjusting the auto-lock setting you will be able to have more control over the amount of time that your screen remains on when you aren’t touching the screen.
- You can turn your iPad off by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button, then sliding the slider to the right.
- You can turn your iPad back on by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button for 5 seconds until a white Apple logo appears on the screen.
- Pressing the Sleep/Wake button on the top-right of the iPad will turn off the screen at any time.
- You can put your iPad into Airplane Mode by swiping down from the top-right of the screen, then tapping the airplane icon.
- Note that there is also a half-moon icon under the airplane icon. Tapping that will put the iPad in Do Not Disturb mode. You can customize the Do Not Disturb settings by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb.
Frequently Asked Questions About How to Put iPad in Sleep Mode
If I set the auto lock time to “Never” will the iPad screen just stay on?
Yes, that option of the auto lock feature means that your iPad will just stay on, regardless of if you are using an app, or just sitting on the Home screen.
Note that when you have the iPad set to use this option, you will need to manually lock the device by pressing the Power button.
What are the available options that I can use when waiting for iPad to sleep?
After you tap Auto Lock to set how long the iPad’s screen waits before turning off, you are presented with the following options:
– 2 minutes
– 5 minutes
– 10 minutes
– 15 minutes
Why does my battery power seem worse after I change the iPad auto lock setting?
When an electronic device goes to sleep it doesn’t need to use power to illuminate the screen.
On most devices like the iPad and the iPhone, powering the display consumes a lot of battery life.
When you choose to keep the screen on longer, then the battery will drain faster.
How do I turn off my iPad?
You can completely turn off the iPad by pressing and holding the Power button, then dragging the Slide to Power Off slider to the right side of the screen.
You can turn the iPad back on my pressing and holding the Power button until you see the white Apple logo.
If you are an iPhone owner as well, then this setting can be even more useful. Find out how to change the Auto Lock setting on an iPhone and keep that device’s screen off as much as possible when you aren’t using it.
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