Why Isn’t My iPhone 7 Screen Turning Off?

Typically when you don’t touch your iPad for a couple of minutes, then screen will turn off and the device will lock. This serves the purpose of saving your battery life, while also ensuring that you don’ accidentally performed any actions while the iPhone is in a pocket or a bag.

But it’s possible that your iPhone screen isn’t turning off, which is forcing you to manually lock the screen by pressing the Power button on the top of the device. If this is occurring then you may need to change a setting on your iPhone so that the screen will once again turn off on its own.

How to Make your iPhone 7 Screen Turn Off After Inactivity

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.2. This guide is going to show you where to find and adjust the amount of time that your iPhone will wait before shutting off the screen automatically.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open iphone settings

Step 2: Choose the Display & Brightness option.

open the display and brightness menu

Step 3: Select the Auto-Lock button.

choose the auto lock option

Step 4: Choose the amount of time that you want your iPhone to wait before turning off the screen.

why isn't my iphone screen turning off

Note that some apps will keep the screen on regardless of this setting. This is common for entertainment apps, such as streaming video services, games, and ebook reading apps.

If changing this setting isn’t causing your screen to turn off, then try restarting your iPhone by pressing and holding the Power button, then sliding the button to power off the device. You can restart it after a minute or so by holding down the Power button.

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