How to change screen timeout on Apple iPhone 6s (iOS 9 tutorial)

The Apple iPhone 6s family of devices is the most successful commercial launch in the history of smartphones with no contest in sight, but when it comes to dealing with the settings on iOS, you might find yourself a bit perplexed.

While other operating systems like Android have taken strict control over the settings panel bringing order to all available options, iOS settings are still a bit of a mess, often carrying obscure names that make it hard to find and switch toggles.

One such feature that you might want to fine tune is screen timeout: the time it takes for your iPhone screen to shut off after you’ve stopped playing around with the device. Changing the amount of time between the last touch and the automatic shut down of the screen sounds like a setting that should be in the Display tab, but it is not and it is hiding by the somewhat obscure auto-lock name.

How do you find it and change it? Follow the simple steps right below, and you’d be done in no time.



7. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

"While other operating systems like Android have taken strict control over the settings panel bringing order to all available options..." I'd say that in Android 6.0 they messed up the simplicity of Lollipop settings.

4. waddup121 unregistered


3. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Next article:How to turn screen on,on an Apple iPhone 6,

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Sometimes I feel the general tab to be really random. Apple should categorize some of the settings better.

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep I agree it should be under display settings

5. AlikMalix unregistered

It has more to do with security than it does with screen being on in my opinion. Basically "how long do you want the phone to be unlocked after you're done using it" hence "auto-lock" setting. With fingerprint on iPhone there was no reason anyone should have unprotected phones for two years now. Personally, my muscle memory taps the power button when I lay my phone down - locking it instantly.

6. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 732; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Agreed. Nevertheless, I think that Apple can optimize the setting App by structuring it better.

8. Plasma2450

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 02, 2017

You will be pleased to know that they have moved it to display settings :P

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