How to Keep iPhone Screen On

How to make your screen stay on longer or never turn off

What to Know

  • Go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock to change your iPhone’s default Auto-Lock settings.
  • You can tap Never to keep your iPhone screen on all the time, or you can select one, two, three, four, or five minutes.
  • When you’ve successfully changed your iPhone’s Auto-Lock settings, a blue checkmark will appear next to your selection.

This article explains how to keep your iPhone's screen from turning off and locking when it’s not being actively used. It also explains how to change an iPhone's Auto-Lock settings to keep the screen on for longer than 30 seconds.

How Do I Make My iPhone Screen Stay On?

When you get a new iPhone, one of its defaults settings includes an Auto-Lock for the screen. The iPhone lock screen helps secure your phone and any personal information. This default setting kicks in after 30 seconds of inactivity, turning off your phone’s screen and locking it.

Auto-Lock can be extremely frustrating if you need your screen to stay on so you can look at directions on Google Maps or have your hands dirty while following a recipe. To change your iPhone’s default Auto-Lock settings, you can follow these steps to prevent your screen from falling asleep.

  1. Tap Settings on your iPhone’s home screen.

  2. Scroll down and tap Display & Brightness.

    iPhone Settings app, down arrow, and Display and Brightness highlighted on iOS
  3. Select Auto-Lock.

  4. Tap Never.

    If you’re not able to select Never, your iPhone might be managed by an administrator such as a school, organization, or other entity. To change your iPhone's default settings so your screen stays on all the time, reach out to your administrator.

  5. When you see a blue checkmark to the right of Never, you have successfully changed your iPhone’s Auto-Lock settings and can press Back.

    With the iPhone's Auto-Lock settings switched to Never, your iPhone’s screen will only turn off and lock when you manually press the button on the right side of your iPhone. Don’t forget to change your iPhone’s settings back if you want your screen to lock again. This will help you preserve your battery and keep your phone’s data secure.

    Auto-Lock, Never, and Back highlighted in iPhone settings

How Do I Stop My Screen from Going to Sleep?

Sometimes you don’t necessarily want your phone to go to sleep after 30 seconds, but you don’t want it to stay on all the time either and eat up all of your device's precious battery life. To keep your iPhone screen on for longer than 30 seconds, follow these steps.

  1. Tap Settings on your iPhone’s home screen.

  2. Scroll down and tap Display & Brightness.

  3. Select Auto-Lock.

  4. Tap 1 Minute, 2 Minutes, 3 Minutes, 4 Minutes, or 5 Minutes to select the amount of time you want your iPhone screen to stay illuminated.

  5. When you see a blue checkmark to the right of your selection, you have successfully changed your phone’s Auto-Lock settings and can press Back.

    Display and Brightness, Auto-Lock, and Checkmark highlighted in iPhone settings
FAQ
  • How do I keep my notifications private on my iPhone lock screen?

    Go to your iPhone notification settings and select Show Preview > When Unlocked. That way, no one can see your notifications without unlocking your phone.

  • How do I see reminders on my iPhone lock screen?

    To see your iPhone reminders when your phone is locked, go to Settings > Notifications > Reminders > Allow Notifications, then enable Show on Lock Screen.

  • How do I lock the screen orientation on iPhone?

    To stop your iPhone screen from rotating, bring up the Control Center and tap the screen rotation lock. Tap it again if you want the screen to rotate automatically.

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