Physical Address

304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124

How to prevent the screen from turning off on an iPhone

Do you cringe when your screen goes black during a crucial task? If so, you are not alone. Phone screens are, by default, designed to automatically turn off after a predetermined period when not in use. Fortunately, there is a way to disable the feature if you find it annoying.

If you’re trying to figure out how to stop your iPhone screen from turning off every few minutes, you’re in the right place. In this article, you’ll learn how to achieve longer screen times and save yourself the hassle of having to unlock your phone every few minutes. Keep reading to know more.

Prevent the screen from turning off automatically when you don’t use the iPhone

By default, your iPhone’s screen goes to sleep when not in use, thanks in part to the “Auto-Lock” feature. The iPhone’s auto-lock feature plays an important role in maximizing your phone’s battery life. The feature also protects your device from intruders because it is difficult for someone to access a locked phone.

Through the “Auto Lock” setting, you can set your iPhone screen to never sleep. That way, you’ll always have the screen on (unless you manually lock it), even if it means less battery life.

To prevent screen from turning off on iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open the “Settings” app.
  2. Select “Display & Brightness”.
  3. From the options, select “Auto Lock”.
  4. To prevent the screen from turning off, choose the “Never” option.

With the above settings, your screen should remain visible all the time unless you manually press the power button. Also, please note that your phone’s screen will turn off automatically when you put your phone in “Power Saving Mode” even when the setting is turned on. This is because screens consume a lot of power and need to be turned off to save battery life on your phone.

If you want to revert the previous changes, follow these steps:

  1. Start “Settings”.
  2. Go to “Display and brightness”.
  3. Open the “Auto Lock” menu.
  4. Choose the duration after which you want your screen to go to sleep.

Prevent iPhone screen from turning off during a call

iPhones have proximity sensors designed to automatically turn off the screen when you hold the phone close to your face during a call. Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn’t provide a complex way to disable the feature. As a result, your only option is to keep the proximity sensor away from your face and other objects. You can also press the home button once or twice to wake your phone from sleep mode, but this is a temporary solution.

If holding the phone away from your face does not solve the problem, the proximity sensor is most likely malfunctioning. If you’re sure your proximity sensor is faulty, here’s what to do.

Force restart your iPhone

Rebooting your phone is known to resolve any temporary issues. For that reason, this should be the first thing you should try if your proximity sensor isn’t working properly. To force restart your iPhone, simultaneously press the “Power” and “Volume Down” buttons until the Apple logo appears.

Remove the screen protector or cover

Some screen protectors and phone covers can interfere with the sensitivity of your phone’s proximity sensor, causing it to act in a way it shouldn’t. So removing screen protectors and phone cases might solve the problem.

Wipe the top of the screen with a clean dry towel

Your phone is bound to collect dust and dirt over time. This dirt could block ports, including speaker and camera ports, and yes, the proximity sensor could be compromised as well.

Update your operating system to the latest version

You may think that the problem is with your phone when it is the current version of your IOS that has the bug. To update your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. On your phone, go to “Settings”.
  2. Select “General”.
  3. From the options, tap “Software Update”.
  4. Wait a few seconds for your phone to detect the available updates.
  5. Click “Download and Install” to install the latest updates.
  6. Enter your phone passcode to start the update

Disable the “Reduce Motion” feature

If the above fixes don’t work, try disabling the “Reduce Motion” feature.

  1. On your iPhone, launch the “Settings” app.
  2. Scroll down and open the “Accessibility” menu.
  3. From the options, select “Move”.
  4. Turn off “Reduce Motion” by tapping the toggle switch.

Disable the “Raise to Wake” feature

Some users have also reported success after disabling the “Raise to Wake” feature in their settings. Here’s how to disable the feature:

  1. On your iPhone, go to “Settings”.
  2. Open the “Display & Brightness” menu.
  3. Turn off the toggle switch against the “Raise to Wake” option.

Reset all settings

If the above fixes haven’t worked, resetting all settings might do the trick. To reset your iPhone settings, follow these steps:

  1. Open the “Settings” app.
  2. From the options, select “General”.
  3. Go to “Reset all settings”.
  4. Enter your phone password to continue.
  5. Tap “Reset All Settings.”

Please note that resetting settings will not delete your phone data, so there is nothing to worry about.

If the above fixes haven’t resolved the issue, you may want to have your phone checked by an Apple Certified Hardware Specialist.

How to prevent iPhone screen from turning off when the sensor is covered

By default, your screen turns off when you cover the proximity sensor. Considering that the sensor is right at the top of the screen, it’s very easy to accidentally cover it. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t provide an easy way to disable the feature for those who find it annoying.

However, you can follow these steps to bypass the feature:

  1. Press the home button to lock the screen.
  2. Cover the proximity sensor with a finger or tape.
  3. Unlock the screen and see if that solves the problem.

Enjoy longer screen times

As you can see, preventing your iPhone screen from turning off is not impossible. In most cases, you can do this by navigating to the auto block settings and choosing the never option. However, setting the screen to never turn off has consequences.

For example, your battery is likely to drain faster than phones with screens that turn off after a few minutes. Also, it can jeopardize your security because it makes it very easy for an intruder to access your phone without your permission or knowledge.

Have you ever stopped your iPhone screen from turning off? Did you use any of the tips outlined in this article? Let us know in the comments section.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.