How to Delay Auto Sleep Mode and Passcode Lock on the iPad

Does automatic sleep mode make you crazy?

Screenshot of auto-lock functionality

The iPad will automatically go into sleep mode after two minutes of inactivity, which is great for conserving battery power. But it can also be quite annoying if you are in the middle of a task that requires you to jump back and forth between your iPad and another focus of your task, or you simply need your iPad to continue displaying what is on the screen despite a long period of inactivity. For example, musicians who want to use their iPad to display sheet music will find automatically going to sleep after two minutes to be very disruptive.

Luckily, it's easy to delay the auto lock mode on your iPad. You can also delay how often the passcode is required, but that is controlled by the Passcode settings. (We'll cover that below the auto-sleep directions.)

  1. Open Settings. This is the icon that looks like gears. (Find out how to open the iPad's settings.)
  2. Scroll down the left-side menu.
  3. Select General from the list. You will find the Auto-Lock setting midway down the general settings. Choosing the Auto-Lock feature will bring you to a new screen with the option to auto sleep after 2, 5, 10 or 15 minutes. You can also choose Never.
  4. Note: Choosing Never means your iPad will never go into sleep mode automatically. This can come in handy in some situations where you want to make sure the iPad stays active, but it is recommended to only use it for specific situations. Otherwise, if you put your iPad down and accidentally forget to put it into sleep mode, it will stay active until it runs out of battery life.

    Which Auto-Lock Setting Is Right For You?

    If you are having problems with the iPad going into sleep mode while you are still using it, bumping it up to 5 minutes should be sufficient. While three extra minutes doesn't sound like a lot, it more than doubles the previous setting.

    However, if you have a Smart Case or some other type of smart cover that automatically puts the iPad into sleep mode when the flap is closed, you might want to use the 10-minute or 15-minute setting.

    If you are good about closing the flap when done with the iPad, you shouldn't lose any battery power, and the longer setting will keep the iPad from going to sleep when you are still using it.

    How to Delay When the Passcode Is Required

    Unfortunately, if you don't have Touch ID, the passcode can become a pain in the neck if you are constantly suspending and waking your iPad. If you have Touch ID, you are in luck because Touch ID can unlock the iPad as well as doing a few other neat tricks. But you don't need Touch ID to skip inputting the passcode. You can set a timer for how often it is required in the Passcode settings.

    Here's how to do that:

    1. Open Settings (if you aren't still in it).
    2. Scroll down the left-side menu and locate Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode, depending on your iPad model.
    3. Enter your passcode to get into these settings. In the middle of the screen is "Require Passcode". You can click on this setting to change it from Immediately to different intervals up to 4 hours, but anything more than 15 minutes really just defeats the purpose.

    Don't see anything immediately on this screen? If you have iPad Unlock turned on for Touch ID, you can't delay the interval. Instead, you can simply rest your finger on the home button and the iPad should unlock itself.

    Remember, you don't need to actually press the button to engage Touch ID.

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