Stop iPad Screen from Dimming or Locking Automatically

Jul 24, 2012 - 9 Comments

Stop iPad screen from dimming and locking itself

The iPad screen defaults to automatically dim itself and then turn itself off after a fairly short amount of time of inactivity. That’s great for preserving battery life of iOS devices, but if you’re like me you keep an iPad or iPhone alongside you full time while working as a control panel for Pandora, podcasts, and email, and having the screen lock after a few minutes of inactivity is annoying.

Here’s how to prevent the iPad (or iPhone or iPod) screen from dimming and auto-locking:

  1. Open “Settings” then tap “General”
  2. Tap “Auto-Lock” and choose “Never” as the option

Close out of Settings, and now when you leave the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch screen alone it won’t automatically lock itself or even dim.

A caveat to remember is this will always be in effect, meaning you will have to lock the screen yourself using the top power button when you do want the screen to go dark. That’s especially important for when you’re on the go, if not to prevent battery drain than to help protect your personal data in case you happened to lose the device (don’t forget to use a strong passcode too). In an ideal world, there would be different power management settings for auto-locking for if a device was plugged in and if a device was on battery, but iOS isn’t there yet.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Floris says:

    For security reasons I always have a 5 minute auto lock turned on. If I lose or forget my phone, or someone steals it, hopefully it has locked down and a passcode is required again.

  2. Tim says:

    Why doesn’t iOS have power management settings to auto lock when on battery and stay on while plugged in? Windows has had that option for decades. I love apple devices but there some basic things they just drop the ball in. Thanks, Tim

  3. D says:

    They got rid off it. Now the max limit is 15 min

    Any other way to keep it frm dimming?

  4. Alia says:

    THANK YOU! it’s worded just enough that you look past it when used to android os

  5. John says:

    Nope apple won’t let you choose to keep your iPad from auto locking anymore. Someone complained and ruined it for everyone. Welcome to the new government where everyone is just like you.

  6. Chris says:

    The “never” option appears to be missing. I think John may spot on with his comment. Seems silly to not allow the screen to remain on. Apple has little faith in their customers.

  7. Donna says:

    Even after I’d ticked ‘Never’, my iPadAir continued to lock automatically after a few minutes.

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