There must be a balance made between enjoying the functions on your iPhone and ensuring that the phone lasts all day.
These two objectives, however, operate against one another because the screen quickly drains the battery.
By default, Apple turns off the iPhone after a time of inactivity, but you may keep the iPhone screen on for longer, even indefinitely, by adjusting an option that we detail below.
By heading to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock > Never, you may keep the iPhone screen turned on.
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- Go to Settings.
- Choose Display & Brightness.
- Press the Auto-Lock button.
- Choose Never.
Continue reading for more information on making the iPhone screen stay on for extended periods of time.
After roughly 30 seconds or a minute of inactivity, your iPhone’s screen will most likely switch off. This can be disabled when playing a game or viewing a movie, however usual usage patterns will result in the screen turning off that rapidly.
In most cases, the fact that your iPhone will immediately switch off the screen and lock the device is advantageous.
Reduce the length of time the screen is on to get more life out of a battery charge and to avoid accidental pocket dialing and other issues that can occur when an iPhone is in a pocket or bag with an unlocked screen.
Nonetheless, there may be times when you require the iPhone screen to remain on for an extended amount of time because you are gazing at it without physically engaging with the device.
Fortunately, you have control over the setting that causes your iPhone screen to turn off and lock automatically.
This article will teach you where to discover this setting so that you can keep your iPhone screen on until you choose to lock it manually.
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The procedures in this article were carried out using an iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 12.3.1. These methods are also applicable to newer iPhone models and iOS versions, such as the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, as well as iOS 15 and iOS 16.
If you’re using an older version of iOS and this setting isn’t in the menu shown in these steps, go on to the next part where we’ll teach you how to find it in some older versions of iOS.
These instructions will show you how to make your iPhone’s screen stay on for a longer period of time.
Step 1: Tap the Settings button.
If you don’t see the Settings app on your Home screen, you can search for “settings” by swiping down on your Home screen.
Step 2: Go down and select Display & Brightness.
This is also the menu from which you would select to switch between light and dark mode.
Step 3: Enable the Auto-Lock feature.
The time displayed next to this button is the current time that your phone waits before turning off the screen.
Step 4: To prevent your screen from turning off automatically, press the Never button.
When you choose “Never,” your iPhone will no longer shut down on its own. You must manually lock the screen by tapping the side button.
As previously said, the section below will demonstrate how to keep the iPhone screen on in older versions of iOS.
Here’s how to prevent your iPhone from going off (old iOS versions):
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Go to the General tab.
- Check the Auto-Lock box.
- Click the Never button.
Our article continues below with further information on how to change the iPhone auto lock setting.
You may also read our tutorial on how to modify the screen timeout on an iPhone for more information on this subject.
More on How to Keep the iPhone Screen On for Longer Periods of Time
Your iPhone’s screen will now remain on until you manually turn it off and lock it. You can do this by pushing the Power button on your iPhone’s top or side. Keep in mind that leaving the iPhone screen on for extended periods of time is one of the most common methods to drain your battery.
The following time periods are available for the iPhone’s auto-lock setting:
- 30 seconds
- 1 minute
- 2 minutes
- 3 minutes
- 4 minutes
- 5 minutes
If you need to keep your iPhone display on for longer periods of time but are concerned about the additional battery consumption, try lowering the brightness.
A brightness slider can be found in the Control Center, which can be accessed by swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen. The Brightness setting is represented as a vertical bar with a sun icon on it. Lowering the slider dims the screen, which saves battery life.
Because leaving the iPhone screen on all the time is not just a battery drain but also a security risk, it’s critical to develop the habit of hitting the Power button to manually lock the screen after you’re through using your iPhone.
If you haven’t set up a passcode for your device or haven’t enabled Touch ID or Face ID, you can do so by navigating to Settings > Touch/Face ID & Passcode.
Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Keeping Your iPhone’s Screen On
How can I prevent my iPhone’s screen from automatically locking?
Your iPhone includes a “auto lock time” setting that sets how long inactivity must occur before the screen locks automatically.
This is a good strategy to conserve battery life, and it is one of the items that Low Power Mode impacts when enabled.
You can change the lock screen time by going to Settings, Display & Brightness, Auto-Lock, and then selecting a different option.
Choosing Never allow your iPhone’s Home screen to remain on until you physically lock it.
How do I lock my iPhone’s screen orientation?
Numerous iPhone users have reported that their device is rotating when they do not want it to.
You can fix this by enabling something called portrait orientation lock. Open the Control Center and then tap the button that looks like a lock with a circle around it to find this button.
Your iPhone will then stay in portrait mode until you manually hit the portrait orientation lock button again.
Swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen on iPhone models without a Home button will bring up the Control Center.
Swiping up from the bottom of the screen on iPhone models with a Home button brings up the Control Center.
How come the screen on my iPhone dims after a certain amount of time?
Because your iPhone’s screen consumes a lot of battery power, the device does everything it can to save it.
Dimming the screen when you haven’t touched it in a while or when you aren’t looking at it is one example.
The “Auto-Lock” setting, which can be found in Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock, controls this.
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