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Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10

You may want to change lock screen timeout settings because either the time is set to too low or high for Windows to lock screen when the PC is idle. This is a good feature when you want to secure your PC when you are not using it. So what Windows does is that it locks your screen automatically after your PC is idle for a certain amount of time and it either displays screensaver or turns off the display.

Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10

Earlier the Screensavers were used to prevent burn out on CRT monitors, but nowadays it’s more of a security feature. For example, if you are away from your computer for a few hours, the chances are that someone might access your files, passwords etc. if the PC is not locked or turned off by you. But if you have correctly set the lock screen timeout setting, then the display will automatically turn off after the PC is left idle for few minutes and if someone tries to access it, Windows will as for login password.

The only problem with this security feature is that sometimes the lock screen timeout is set to 5 minutes, meaning that the computer will lock screen after the PC is left idle for 5 minutes. Now, this setting annoys a lot of users as their PC can get lock frequently and they have to enter the password every time which waste their lot of time. To prevent this from happening, you need to increase the lock screen timeout setting in Windows 10 to frequently prevent turning off the display.

Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Increase Screen Timeout Setting from Windows Settings

1.Press Windows Keys + I to open Settings then click on Personalization.

Open the Window Settings and then click on Personalization | Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10

2. From the left-hand menu, choose Lock Screen.

3. Now scroll down till you find Screen timeout settings and once you find it click on it.

Now scroll down till you find Screen timeout settings

4. Set the time setting under Screen to a little higher if you want to avoid turning off the screen every now & than.

Set the time setting under Screen to a little higher | Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10

5. If you want completely disable the setting then choose Never from the dropdown.

6. Make sure that the sleep time is set higher than the screen turn off time or else the PC will go to sleep, and the screen wouldn’t be locked.

7. It’s preferred if Sleep is disabled or at least set at 30 minutes or more, in this case, you will have a lot of time to get back to your PC; if not, it will go into sleep mode.

8. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 2: Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting from Control Panel

Note: This is just an alternative of the above method if you have followed that then skip this step.

1. Press Windows Key + X then select Control Panel.

control panel

2. Click System and Security then click on Power Options.

Click on 'Power Options' from the list

3. Now click Change plan settings next to your currently active power plan.

Select 'Change plan settings' beside the option of 'balanced (recommended)

4. Again set the same settings as advice in the previous method.

Again set the same power settings as advice in the previous method | Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10

5. Make sure to set the settings for both batteries and plugged in option.

Method 3: Using Registry

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit

2. Navigate to the following path in the Registry:

HKEYLOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7

3. On the right-hand side window, double click on Attributes DWORD.

On the right-hand side window double click on Attributes DWORD

4. If you can’t find it, you need to create the DWORD, right-click in an empty area in the right-hand side window and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.

5. Name it as Attributes and double click on it.

Change the value of value data field from 1 to 2

6. Now change its value from 1 to 2 and click OK.

7. Reboot your PC to save changes.

8. Now right-click on Power icon on the system tray and select Power Options.

Right-click on Power icon on the system tray and select Power Options

9. Click Change plan settings next to your currently active plan.

10. Then click Change advanced power settings.

Click Change advanced power settings at the bottom | Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10

11. Scroll down till your see Display, then click on it to expand its settings.

12. Double click on Console lock display off a timeout and then change its value from 1 minute to the time you want.

Double click on Console lock display off timeout and then change its value from 1 minute to the time you want

13. Click Apply, followed by OK.

14. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 4: Change Lock screen timeout Settings using Command Prompt

1. Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2. Type the following command and press Enter:

powercfg.exe /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_VIDEO VIDEOCONLOCK 60

powercfg.exe /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_VIDEO VIDEOCONLOCK 60

Change Lock screen timeout Settings using Command Prompt | Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10

Note: You must replace the “60” in the above command with the screen timeout setting you want (in seconds) for example if you want 5 minutes then set it at 300 seconds.

3. Again type the following command and hit Enter:

powercfg.exe /SETACTIVE SCHEME_CURRENT

4. Reboot your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Change Lock Screen Timeout Setting in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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