How to change Screen timeout on Mac?

Apple devices are already creating a boom in the market whether it’s iPhone,iPad, Mac, and so on. But even with the advantages, disadvantages come too. Though we know about all the things related to these devices. But considering the people who are not Apple lovers and started to try their devices are facing problems in all this.

Does your MacBook also automatically go to sleep when you leave it to spare for a few minutes? It sounds irritating when you have to enter the password again to use it. But the solution for this problem will be illustrated in this article, so yeah! You are at the right place.

What is screen timeout?

Screentime is the amount of time one spends on a device by using a screen such as a smartphone, iPad, Mac,iPhone, laptop, etc.

Screen timeout is a setting in the device which determines how long your screen will be on after you are using it. It generally saves your battery and the best thing is you can enable or disable it easily. You can adjust it, customize it or increase it, it all depends on you. 

How Can I Change Screen Timeout on Mac?

You can easily change the screen timeout in your mac too just like your smartphone as it becomes annoying to again and again enter the password by this quick timeout.

Here are some quick steps you have to follow for solving this problem:

  • Step 1– Go to the Apple menu and click on system preferences.
  • Step 2– Select the Energy saver option from there.
  • Step 3– Tap on the lock on the bottom left corner of the screen.
  • Step 4– You have to enter the password and username for making the changes.
  • Step 5– You can set the Screen Timeout settings on the scroll bar as per your preferences.

This is the easiest way of changing the screen timeout in your MacBook. Follow the above steps and you will stop getting annoyed by this problem.

Why Does My MacBook Automatically Go to Lock Screen?

Let us know why the MacBook automatically goes to the lock screen. There can be various reasons behind that, but there are two probable reasons behind this:

  •  Incorrect Configuration of the Energy Saver Feature-

The reason behind the automatic lock screen could be your incorrect configuration of the energy saver feature. You can check this out in the following steps:

  1. From the Apple menu, click on System Preferences.
  1. Choose the Energy Saver option from there.
  1. Check out the controls available there.
  1. Configure them properly, if they are not configured.
  • Enabling Hot corner- 

         The reason could be this as you have enabled the hot corner which activates the screensaver automatically when the laptop is inactive. If this is the case, let us find out:

  • Step 1– Click System preferences in the apple menu.
  • Step 2– Click on the Desktop, then on the Screensaver.
  • Step 3– From the screen saver menu, select Hot corners.
  • Step 4– Tap on the list which appears at the corner of the screen and check if the Put display to sleep option is turned on.
  • Step 5– If you find it turned on, then it is the reason your screen automatically goes to the lock screen.
  • Step 6– For the correction, you have to select if any of your Hot Corner has the option Put Display to Sleep enabled.

How to Restore the Default Screen Timeout Settings on Mac?

As you have made the changes, but still if you are not satisfied with the changes, you can restore the default screen timeout settings on mac. Following are the instructions for doing it:

  • Step 1- From the Apple menu, click on System preferences.
  • Step 2- Tap on the Energy Saver icon.
  • Step 3- Click on the lock icon placed at the bottom left on the screen.
  • Step 4- To continue, enter your username and password.
  • Step 5- Now, you have to click on the Restore defaults option on the window.


In this article, you will come to know all about how to change the screen timeout on your mac, the reasons behind why your screen automatically goes to the lock screen, how to restore the default screen timeout on mac. You can put laptops free after intervals without any disturbance. You can manually put your laptop to sleep as well with the help of the keyboard shortcuts or any other option for the safety of the sensitive information present on your laptop. I hope it will be helpful for you all.

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