How to Turn OFF Auto Lock in Windows 10

Don’t want Windows 10 to auto lock after some inactivity? Here are the steps to follow to turn off auto lock in Windows 10.

Windows 10 has a neat little feature that automatically turns off the screen and auto locks the system after some time of inactivity. Once locked, you need to enter the password or PIN to open it. Out of the box, the default inactivity time is set to around 10 minutes. i.e, after 10 minutes of inactivity, Windows will auto-lock the system. As you can guess, the auto-lock feature is helpful to automatically secure unattended systems and prevent unauthorized access.

Though the Windows 10 auto lock feature is useful for a vast majority of users, there might be times when you don’t want Windows to auto lock after inactivity. For example, if you are using your PC as a media center or if you are the only person to use the computer, there is no need for the auto lock functionality. In fact, in those kinds of situations, the auto lock can even be frustrating. The good thing is, if you don’t want this feature, you can turn off auto lock in Windows 10. All you have to do is change the screen time-out settings to disable auto-lock.

In this quick and simple Windows 10 guide, let me show you the steps to turn off auto lock in Windows 10.

Turn Off Auto Lock in Windows 10 via Settings

To turn off the auto lock in Windows 10, you have to change the screen timeout feature. This is because, when the system is inactive for a set amount of time, Windows will turn off the screen and locks the system. If the screen does not turn off, the system won’t lock itself. Here is how you can do it.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click on the “System” option.
  3. Select “Power & sleep.”
  4. Choose “Never” from the “On battery power, turn off after” dropdown menu.
  5. Choose “Never” from the “When plugged in, turn off after” dropdown menu.
  6. Close the Settings app.

First thing, open the Settings app. On Windows 10, all you have to do is either click on the “All Settings” button in the Notification Center or press the “Windows key + I” keyboard shortcut to open it. After opening the Settings app, go to the “System -> Power & sleep” page. This is where you will find options related to system power settings and more.

On the right panel, select “Never” from the “On battery power, turn off after” dropdown menu. Next, select “Never” from the “When plugged in, turn off after” dropdown menu.

turn off auto lock in Windows 10

The settings are automatically saved. So, you can safely close the Settings app.

That is all. With that, Windows 10 will no longer auto lock after inactivity. If you want to turn on the feature again, select the timers for both “On battery power, turn off after” & “When plugged in, turn off after” options

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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