If you don’t interact with your iPhone screen for a couple of minutes, then the screen will lock automatically.
This serves several purposes. It helps to conserve battery life, it minimizes the risk of pocket dials and other unintentional actions, and it makes it tougher for criminals and snoopers to be able to access your private data.
But there are situations where you might need to stop your iPhone from locking if you haven’t touched it in a while, and there is a setting that you can adjust so that the screen stays on indefinitely.
You can stop your iPhone 13 screen from turning off by going to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock > and tapping Never.
Now when you unlock your iPhone and turn on the screen, it’s going to stay on until you press the Power button on the side of the device.
So if you need to use your phone for a recipe, or to follow a set of instructions where you need to keep looking at the phone but might not be touching it, then using the “Never” auto-lock setting can be a lifesaver.
Our guide continues below with more information on keeping the iPhone screen on.
How to Keep Your Screen from Turning Off – iPhone 13
- Tap Settings.
- Choose Display & Brightness.
- Select Auto-Lock.
- Touch Never.
Our guide continues below with additional information on keeping the iPhone 13 screen on until you turn it off manually, including pictures of these steps.
Our do not disturb iPhone 13 guide can show you where to find and how to use the setting on your Apple smartphone.
How to Get iPhone Screen to Stay On (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.3.1 operating system. However, these steps have been the same for most recent iPhone models and most recent versions of iOS.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Display & Brightness option.
Step 3: Choose the Auto-Lock option.
Note that it will say under it what the current amount of time is that the phone will wait before automatically turning off the screen.
Step 4: Choose the Never option to make your screen stay on all the time.
Once you have chosen this setting your iPhone will not turn off until you press the Power button on the side of the device.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about the iPhone 13 auto-lock setting.
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More Information on How to Make Screen Stay On – iPhone 13
There are some drawbacks to keeping your iPhone screen on.
One of the biggest ones is the potential security risk. When you elect to leave your screen on until you manually turn it off, then that screen might stay on if you leave your phone on a table, or on your desk at work. This means that anyone who walks by could pick up your phone and start using it.
Speaking of security, you should also take this opportunity to ensure that you have a passcode set up on your iPhone and that you have configured Face ID. Both of these settings can be found by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Even a 4-digit passcode can be useful in deterring unwanted phone access, and it can be entered fairly quickly.
If you don’t want to keep entering your password, then our how to remove passcode on iPhone 13 guide can show you how to get rid of it.
Another reason why keeping the iPhone screen on all of the time is problematic is the increased battery drain. Your iPhone screen uses a lot of your battery life, and you will find that it runs out much quicker when you switch to auto-lock, as the screen will likely be on more than it typically is.
If you are running into battery issues with the auto-lock set to “Never” then you may need to enable Low Power Mode to help you get through the day. This is found on the Control center, or by going to Settings > Battery. The Low Power Mode option is much more efficient with the battery usage, but it will switch the auto-lock to something shorter.
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