iPad screen won’t turn off automatically? 9 fixes to try

Your iPad saves battery life by automatically turning off the screen when you don’t interact with it for a predetermined amount of time. But if it fails to do that, possible reasons include incorrectly configured Auto-Lock settings or system-related errors in iPadOS.

Work your way through the next list of fixes and you should be able to make your iPad turn off automatically.

1. Check auto-lock settings

If your iPad’s screen doesn’t turn off automatically, you may have inadvertently prevented AutoLock from working. Diving into your device’s Display and Brightness settings will help you re-enable the function and avoid issues with rapid battery drain.

Start by opening Setting apps on your iPad. Then choose Display and brightness

> Auto lock. if you see Never is the active setting, choose any other AutoLock period—2 Minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutesor 15 minutes.

Auto-lock interval

2. Check Guided Access Settings

Does the problem occur specifically when using Guided Access on your iPad? If so, you may have configured the display to not turn off automatically during setup.

First, press Top three times to turn off Guided Access (if you haven’t already). Then go to Setting > Accessibility > Guided Access and choose any other option than Never to turn off your iPad’s screen when not in use.

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<p><strong>Note:</strong> Option <strong>Default </strong>in the Auto-Lock settings shown in Guided Access will prompt your iPad to mirror the Auto-Lock options in iPadOS.</p>
<h2><span class=3. Restart iPad

If you don’t notice anything unusual with the AutoLock settings on your iPad, you may be experiencing a minor technical glitch in the system software. Restarting your iPad is the best way to fix that.

Start by going to Setting > Shared. Then choose Turn off and pull Power icon on the right to turn off iPad.

Power symbol

Wait at least 30 seconds to ensure that the device is completely powered off. Follow by pressing and holding Top to restart it.

4. Force restart iPad

If your iPad seems to hang when the screen is on, you must force restart your iPad. That involves pressing a specific combination of buttons that vary depending on whether the device has a Home button or not.

iPad with Home button

Press and hold both Top and Home at the same time until you see the Apple logo on the iPad screen.

Apple boot logo

iPad does not have a Home button

Quickly press and release Volume up press and release button Turn down the volume and press and hold the . button Edge until you see the Apple logo on the iPad screen.

5. Update iPadOS

You may be experiencing issues specific to the current version of the system software on your iPad. If you haven’t updated iPadOS recently, try doing it now.

Go Setting > Shared > Software updates and choose Download and install to apply all system software updates.

Download and install button in Software Update

If your iPad looks up to date, work your way through the remaining fixes, but be sure to apply the next iPadOS update as soon as it becomes available. You can also choose Automatic update (in the Software Update screen) and turn on the switch beside it Download iPadOS Update and Install iPadOS Updates to allow the device to automatically update.

6. Update apps

Faulty apps can also cause problems on your iPad. For example, if the problem occurs when interacting with one or more specific apps, try updating them.

To do that, open the App Store, tap your profile portrait, swipe down to scan for new updates, and select Update all.

Update all buttons

You can also enable automatic app updates by going to Setting > App Store and turn on the side switch Update app.

7. Restore all settings

If your iPad still won’t turn off automatically, it could be due to a conflicting or corrupt setting in the system software. A settings reset in iPadOS can help fix that.

Go Setting > Shared > Reset and choose Reset all settings to revert all settings to their defaults.

Reset All Settings screen

8. Fully discharge the battery and recharge it

Waiting until the iPad’s battery is completely drained and then recharging it can also help troubleshoot a broken AutoLock function. If you have time, try doing that before moving on to the next fix.

Battery drain icon

Tip: You can make the battery drain faster by increasing the brightness (go to Setting > Screen brightness) while playing video simultaneously.

9. Restore factory settings

If none of the above fixes work, you must reset your iPad to factory defaults because a fresh copy of system software may be just what it needs to work properly again. But while it also means you will lose your data, you can always get everything back through a backup after the reset procedure.

Start by backing up your data to your computer or iCloud. Then go to Setting > Shared > Reset and choose Erase all content and settings to revert the iPadOS device to factory defaults.

Remove iPad confirmation window

For comprehensive step-by-step instructions, check out this guide to reset iPad to factory defaults.

Still not fixed? Take it to Apple

Usually, reconfiguring Auto-Lock settings or restarting your iPad almost always fixes issues where iPad won’t turn off automatically. But if none of the above solutions help, wait for the next iPadOS release (which should hopefully fix the problem) or pre-order it at your nearest Genius Bar or Apple Store.

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