iPhone Screen Timeout: Stop iPhone Screen From Automatically Turning Off

iPhones are one of the best options available in case you are out phone hunting. The reason why iPhones are the most preferred and go-to option for people when they buy phones is that firstly, they are extremely feature-rich and easy to use.

There are a lot of features for people who both want to use the phone for entertainment purposes and for official business-related purposes also. Secondly, the iPhones are known for their longevity.

A lot of the other phones show age and begin slowing down with wear and tear in just 6 months.

However, iPhones last much longer than that. If used properly, an iPhone can at least last for more than a couple of years. Thirdly and finally, privacy. There have been severe suspicions that Android Based phones have if not zero, very less protection against violation of the privacy of the user.

However, IOS-based devices have strict protection systems put in place to ensure that the applications downloaded on iPhones do not monitor the activities and violate the privacy of the user in any way whatsoever.

These benefits of iPhones are just the tip of the iceberg, there are a lot of features that define the overall experience of using an iPhone.

Why does my screen keep turning off? 

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Now speaking about a specific feature of the iPhone, that is the automatic screen off feature. This particular feature was embedded in the Operating System with the intention of preserving the battery of the mobile phone.

If you look at iPhones on a physical level, you will notice that the phone is extremely thin and sleek. The consequence of this is a smaller battery. However, in order to compensate for a smaller battery, the IOS operating system is very well optimized to prevent the fast draining of the battery.

This automatic screen-off feature may be quite annoying for some of the users especially if the screen continues to go dark and turns off while reading something, checking something out, and so on.

A lot of the time, you will have to unlock the phone again and again if it keeps going dark and this is especially annoying if you are doing important work.

If you are wondering why your screen keeps turning off it is specifically because of a feature which is known as ‘Auto Lock’. This particular functionality automatically puts the iPhone into sleep or lock mode after a defined period of time.

After two-thirds of the set time, the screen will dim its brightness and after the complete time it will switch off the screen on its own. In order to fix this annoying issue, the respective user needs to switch off the ‘Auto-Lock’ feature.

If you are confused or puzzled about how the auto-lock feature can be switched off, there is nothing to be worried about since down below we would be providing you with a step-by-step process on switching off the auto-lock feature.

How to turn off the auto-lock feature: A step by step process

Before we move on to the step-by-step process there are two important things that need to be done preemptively to ensure that the step-by-step process is effective for you. Firstly, you need to ensure that you are running the latest version of iOS, if not update it.

This would make sure that the settings and the User Interface you have with respect to the settings are the same for both you and the guide. Secondly, you need to ensure that you aren’t in Low Power Mode.

Disable Low Power Mode

The reason behind this is that once you’re on lower power mode the auto-lock feature is set to 30 seconds and the screen would automatically turn off in 30 seconds. There is no option to change the auto-lock duration while you are in a low power mode and hence you need to make sure that you have disabled the low power mode.

With all of this covered we now move on to the step-by-step guide. 

  • You need to open the ‘Setting’ application on your iPhone. The settings application has a gear icon on the screen and you can open it by tapping the respective icon. If you are unable to find the settings application, you can swipe up on your screen, open the spotlight feature and search for settings.

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  • Once you are on the Settings page of your iPhone, you need to find and locate the ‘Display and Brightness’ Option. The display and brightness option is generally located in the first three options while opening the settings application itself. It is below the Control Center and above the Accessibility option. 

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  • Inside the ‘Display and Brightness’ settings, you need to scroll down and find the ‘Auto-Lock’ option and tap on it.

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  • Once you tap on the ‘Auto-Lock’ option there will be a list of options mentioning time. These options will determine the time before which your iPhone screen will be staying on before it dims and eventually turns off.

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  • Under the option of time, you have to select never since you want the screen to remain on forever until you press the power button.

Once you are done with turning off the Auto-Lock option and exiting the settings application, the phone screen will remain on until the time you push the power button. 

Why should you re-enable Auto Lock Later?

As mentioned earlier before, the Auto-Lock feature is installed in the iPhones to ensure that the battery does not drain immediately.

The On-Screen Time figures for your battery will take a hit if you turn off the ‘Auto Lock’ Options since the screen will remain longer for more times without any reason. Another compromise would be the Security aspect.

In case you forget to press the power button to switch off the screen, your phone will remain on for good and anyone can just pick it up and access the chats, financial information, and so on from your phone just like that.

Taking two of the major reasons into consideration, it is best for you to re-enable auto-lock after a bit of time to ensure that your battery levels and security are not compromised.        

Dhruv Thakker is an aspiring lawyer. He is a sports enthusiast and likes watching F1, Football and Reading in his free time.


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