How to Turn off the iPhone 5 Auto-Lock Feature

Last updated: May 6, 2017

Your iPhone 5 has a feature called Auto-Lock that it will use if you have not interacted with your phone for a set amount of time. This serves the dual purpose of helping to conserve your battery, as well as adding some additional security if you have set up a password on the iPhone 5. But occasionally you might be using your iPhone in a manner where the auto-lock feature becomes disruptive and you need to turn it off temporarily. Or you may just prefer to manually lock your phone and feel that you are able to remember to do so without the additional help of the phone. So continue below to learn the steps necessary to prevent the auto-lock feature from activating on the iPhone 5.


How to Stop the iPhone 5 from Automatically Locking (iOS 10)

The steps in this section will show you how to stop the iPhone 5 screen from locking automatically in iOS 10.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.


Step 2: Select the Display & Brightness option.


Step 3: Touch the Auto-Lock button.


Step 4: Tap the Never option.


If you are using an older version of iOS and you do not see this setting in this location, then continue below to see how to disable the iPhone 5 auto-lock in earlier iOS versions.

Stop iPhone 5 from Automatically Locking (iOS 6, 7, 8, 9)


The iPhone 5’s auto-lock is generally a useful feature, aside from the reasons mentioned above, because it can stop your phone from accidentally making calls in your pocket or your purse. But you might be reading something on the screen and not touching the iPhone 5 at all, which makes the auto-lock a very frustrating thing to deal with. So follow the steps below to turn off auto-lock on your iPhone 5.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

Touch the Settings icon

Touch the Settings icon



Step 2: select the General option.

Select the General option

Select the General option



Step 3: Scroll down to the Auto-Lock feature and select it.

Select the Auto-Lock option

Select the Auto-Lock option



Step 4: Select the Never option.

Tap the Never option to disable Auto-Lock

Tap the Never option to disable Auto-Lock



You can then press the Home button at the bottom of the phone to exit the menu and return to your Home screen. The phone will not auto-lock anymore, and you will need to press the Power/Lock button on the top of the phone if you want it to lock at all.


You can set any picture on your iPhone 5 as a lock screen or home screen image by following the steps in this article.


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