How to Change Screen Timeout on Mac

Screen timeout is the time that your MacBook takes to lock after you have been inactive on it. Usually, this time is set to three to four minutes by default. You might want to change this time and increase it.

For many users, this time is too short. There are some ways to change the screen timeout. Some users have been facing issues with it since the option is not readily available in the settings. This article will help you understand how you can change the screen timeout on your MacBook. 

How to Change Screen Timeout on Mac – Steps

You need the follow the instructions given in order to change the screen timeout 

  • In macOS Sierra, click on the apple icon Left top corner.
  • Following this, choose the System Preferences option.
  • Click on the security and privacy icon
  • Select the General tab. 

In the General Tab, you will see the setting ‘A login password has been set for this user, where in you can check your password to make sure this setting works for you, in case you share your MacBook with someone else. 

Below this statement, you will see a checkbox asking if a password is required. Check into that box and beside it, specify the time after which the screensaver appears. You can change it to 10 minutes, 15 minutes or even an hour. 

If this method does not work for you can try a different setting alteration and check the results. 

  • Go to the apple icon on the left top corner 
  • Select the same System preferences option as in the previous method
  • And then click on Energy Saver
  • You will be presented with a slider. Slide it to choose the time of inactivity. 

This way if you set your display to turn off before the screen saver starts, the screen saver will not show up before the time of inactivity. 

One thing to note here is that the more time you set, the more battery consumption will take place when you are not operating your MacBook. So, in order to avoid battery drainage or heating issues, it is advised to not go above 30 minutes. 

To Sum Up

Changing the screen time on your Mac might be beneficial since it will not immediately lock it after a certain time. That way when you use it again you will not have to re enter your password. 

This is very convenient and time saving. This article states some ways in which you can increase this screen time and hopefully this will help you fix the issue.

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