Windows 11 has a lock screen to prevent unauthorized access without a password or PIN code. However, entering the long password can get tedious if the lock screen keeps popping up frequently, after a few seconds of inactivity.
Windows allows you to disable the lock screen after sleep, and it may not be a good idea to use it on your work computer. Fortunately, there are ways you can fix this hateful behavior. In this post, we are going to share the solutions to fix Windows 11 from locking itself automatically. Let’s get started.
1. Increase lock screen timeout
You can start by checking how long the lock screen timeout is set on your computer. Windows will continue to lock itself if the set duration is one or two minutes. Here’s how you can change that.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start button to open the Quick Links menu and select Settings from the menu.
Step 2: On the System tab, click on Power and Battery from the left pane.
Step 3: Under the Power section, tap Screen and Sleep to expand it.
The fourth step: Use the drop-down menus at the bottom of the screen and sleep to increase the amount of time before Windows turns off your screen or goes to sleep.
Alternatively, you can also set these time periods to not prevent Windows from putting your PC to sleep.
2. Turn off Dynamic Lock
Dynamic Lock is a great feature on Windows that automatically locks your computer when you leave it unattended. It does this every time the paired Bluetooth device goes out of range. Therefore, if you enable dynamic locking on your computer, Windows will continue to lock itself automatically, regardless of the selected lock screen timeout.
To disable dynamic locking on Windows, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Start menu and click on the gear icon to launch the Settings app.
Step 2: Use the left pane to switch to the Accounts tab.
Step 3: Under Account Settings, tap Sign-in options.
The fourth step: Scroll down to Additional Settings and tap Dynamic Lock to expand it.
Fifth step: Uncheck the “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away” option to disable dynamic locking.
This will prevent Windows from automatically locking itself when a Bluetooth device goes out of range.
3. Adjust the power options
If the above solutions do not help, you can go to the power options on your computer to change the Unattended System Sleep Timeout. Several users on forums have reported successfully fixing the problem this way. You can also try it out.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box. write in control In the field Open and press Enter.
Step 2: In the Control Panel window, use the dropdown menu in the upper right corner to change the display type to large or small icons. After that, go to the power options.
Step 3: Click Change plan settings next to your active power plan.
The fourth step: Click on the “Change advanced power settings” option.
Fifth step: In the Power Options window, double-click Sleep to expand it.
Sixth step: Under Sleep, double-click Unattended System Sleep Timeout to display the selected duration.
Seventh step: Adjust the screen timeout to your liking and click Apply to save changes.
Noticeable: If you are using a Windows laptop, increase the “unattended system sleep timeout” for both battery mode and plug mode.
This will prevent Windows from going to the lock screen frequently. However, if you cannot locate System Unattended Sleep Timeout under sleep settings, you will have to use the following registry method to enable it first.
Make sure to back up your current registry settings before performing the steps below.
Step 1: Click the search icon in the taskbar, and type Registry Editorand click Run as administrator.
Step 2: Select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
Step 3: In the Registry Editor window, copy and paste the following key into the address bar at the top:
The fourth step: In the right pane, double click on Attributes and change their Value data to 2. Then click OK.
The change must take effect immediately. Exit the registry window and use the previously mentioned steps to access the “Unattended system sleep timeout” option. Your issue may be resolved after increasing the timer.
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Such issues with Windows can easily interrupt your workflow. Fortunately, troubleshooting is not too difficult if you know where to look. Use the above tips and automatically keep your Windows 11 PC from locking itself.