Auto lock in iPadOS 15 no longer can be set by user

Created at: 2021-05-11 04:06:47
Questioner General

In the new iPadOS you can’t change the auto lock time anymore. It used to be a user setting, now it’s set to 2 minutes and it can’t be changed. Why delete a feature ?

‘if this iPad and iPadOS 15 are supposed to sense when I’m not paying attention, that feature doesn’t work if the device is on a reading stand at an angle. The camera is looking over my head. Please just give us user control over this function.

Answer #1:

By: Meggie Pouros

In the new iPadOS you can’t change the auto lock time anymore. It used to be a user setting, now it’s set to 2 minutes and it can’t be changed. Why delete a feature ?

‘if this iPad and iPadOS 15 are supposed to sense when I’m not paying attention, that feature doesn’t work if the device is on a reading stand at an angle. The camera is looking over my head. Please just give us user control over this function.

Answer #2:

By: Adolfo Goyette

If your auto lock timeout is fixed at 2 minutes then someone or some profile set it to that. In iOS and iPadOS 15 it is still a ariabe setting, bless someone or some profile sets it to only one option (e.g. an employer email account profile, any managed deployment profile, etc).

Answer #3:

By: Prof. Mohammad Satterfield PhD

Thanks Michael,

I don’t have any such profile that you mentioned, (that I know of anyway). I can’t find any related setting that might do this.

On my wife’s iPad Air, also running iPadOS 15.0.2, that does have the ability to vary the auto lock time, so you are right about that. So it appears that something on my iPad pro is set up differently, and I’ll have to keep looking for what forces that setting to be 2 minutes. Any body else with an iPad Pro experiencing this?

Answer #4:

By: Dr. Micheal Osinski V

My issue is that I can no longer change auto-lock to never on ios 15.0.2. options are 30 seconds - 5 minutes and not a never options.

Answer #5:

By: Breanna Homenick

Try going to Focus settings and turn everything off’. Turning off the Driving Focus restored the normal auto lock option for me

Answer #6:

By: Mr. Cristian Balistreri IV

merek2445 wrote:


My issue is that I can no longer change auto-lock to never on ios 15.0.2. options are 30 seconds - 5 minutes and not a never options.

Do you have a work email account setup? Most company email accounts will remove never from the options and you would need to remove that email account to get that option back.

Answer #7:

By: Ernesto Lesch

Totally agree- I don't want Focus period... I want total control over my phone, apps, etc. This "new" app should be able to be deleted and the phone restored to its original function, if the user wants it that way. I have missed calls, even when focus was off, sounds were on "phone number silenced"? why? not my choice.... I have shut off "shared across devices" and still it is "ghosting" in the background.... personally, Apple should just get rid of it.....

Answer #8:

By: Mrs. Freda Sipes

Go to Battery under settings, and there you will find "Never"... hope that works for you... :)

Answer #9:

By: Rocio McClure

Forgot to mention, that is only on iPad, can't find it on the iPhone. I did find how to "un-silence" Unknown Callers and turned that feature off - more is not necessarily better for everyone- just saying...

Answer #10:

By: Mr. Haleigh Lemke PhD

I had this issue too, but found that turning off Low Power Mode in Settings > Battery took care of it. After that I could change the Auto-Lock timings as usual.

Answer #11:

By: Lenna Green

disabling low power mode will fix this. perfect example of “did i forget to mention…?”

Answer #12:

By: Mr. Keshaun Walsh II

Well, I did resolve my Focus issue- I turned off Focus on the iPad and the iPhone, and turned off share between devices... that fixed it perfectly. I also left Screen Time off, turned off notifications on all my apps except for Code Red (disaster warning code).

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