Why Isn’t My iPhone 7 Screen Turning Off?

Effectively using the touch ID and passcode on your iPhone is one crucial step to ensuring that the important sensitive data on your iPhone is as secure as possible. In most situations, your iPhone screen should automatically lock after a period of inactivity, and then the device will require a fingerprint or password before the device can be used again.

But you may find that your screen is not automatically locking as it should, which presents a security risk, a potentially needless battery drain, and opens the iPhone up to pocket dialing. If your screen is not turning off, then the first place to look is the Auto Lock setting. If that setting was adjusted to remain on, or if the amount of time that it remains on has been extended, then you can follow our steps below to make your iPhone screen start turning off again.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 have similar settings, so if you have one of those and are wondering how to keep your iPhone screen on, then read this article.

Video About the iPhone Auto Lock Setting

How to Get Your iPhone 7 Screen to Turn Off When Not in Use

The steps below were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.2. Note that setting an auto-lock time on the iPhone, which is what we are doing in the steps below, will not apply to certain apps and activities. For example, many games will remain active when you haven’t touched the screen, which will override the auto-lock. Additionally, watching movies in some apps will also cause the screen to remain illuminated.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

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

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Step 3: Touch the Auto Lock button.

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Step 4: Select the amount of time that you would like your iPhone to wait before it turns off and locks the screen.

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You can test the effectiveness of the iPhone’s auto-lock feature by simply leaving the device on this screen and not interacting with it. The iPhone screen should turn off and lock after the amount of time that you have selected.

Are you looking for ways to improve your iPhone’s battery life? Learn about what causes the yellow battery on the iPhone and see how that can be beneficial in helping you to get more usage time out of your iPhone.

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