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How To Change the Screen Lock Time on Mac

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Are you scared of leaving your Mac unlocked and unattended for longer periods? Thankfully, you can change the lock screen time quickly and give your worries a rest.

Quick Answer

To change the screen lock time on your Mac, open the Apple menu and click “System Preferences”. Next, click “Desktop & Screen Saver” and select “Screen Saver”. Use the slider to choose anywhere from 15 minutes to less. Now, open “System Preferences” again, click “Security & Privacy”, select password after sleep or screen saver begins, and choose your preferred time.

To help make things easier, we have written an extensive guide on changing screen lock time on your Mac with simple instructions. We also discuss troubleshooting methods to fix the screen saver not working or starting on your Mac.

Changing the Lock Screen Time on Your Mac

If you don’t know how to change the screen lock time on your Mac, our following 3 step-by-step methods will help you accomplish this task effortlessly.

Method #1: Changing Screensaver Settings

You can change the screen saver settings to automatically lock your Mac after setting a time limit in the following way.

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Click “System Preferences”.
  3. Click “Desktop & Screen Saver”. 
  4. Open “Screen Saver”. 
  5. Check the “Show screen save after” box and choose anywhere from 15 minutes to less in the drop-down menu.
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  6. Go to the “System Preferences” window and click “Security & Privacy”.
  7. Select “Require password… after sleep or screen saver begins” and select your preferred time in the pop-up window.

And that’s about it!

Method #2: Changing the Display Turn-Off Time

To change the display turn-off and lock screen time on your Mac, go to the Battery settings and do these steps.

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Click “System Preferences”.
  3. Open “Battery”.
  4. Click “Battery” in the left pane.
  5. Under “Turn display off after”, drag the slider to set your preferred amount of time.
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  6. Click “Power Adapter” in the left pane and select the same time on the slider you did in the previous step.

This will change the lock screen time and turn off the display on your Mac when it’s plugged into a power source.

Method #3: Setting Up Hot Corners

To turn on your screen saver to change the lock time on your Mac, you can set up Hot corners using the following steps.

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Click “System Preferences”.
  3. Click “Desktop & Screen Saver”.
  4. Click “Screen Saver”.
  5. Click “Hot Corners”.
  6. Select “Lock Screen” in your desired corner’s drop-down menu and click “OK”.
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Now, all you need to do is put your cursor in the corner you selected for the “Lock Screen” option, and your Mac will automatically lock itself without waiting for the lock screen time to pass. 

You can set up all four corners of your screen with multiple options, such as “Start Screen Saver” and “Mission Control”, to make them more accessible.

Is the Screen Saver Not Working on Your Mac?

If your screen saver is not starting or working correctly after changing the screen lock time on your Mac, try the following methods to fix the issue.

Method #1: Quitting Programs Preventing Sleep

You can use Activity Monitor to end the programs or processes preventing your Mac from sleeping in the following way.

  1. Open Spotlight search.
  2. Search for and launch “Activity Monitor”.
  3. Open the “View” drop-down menu.
  4. Navigate to “Columns” > “Preventing Sleep”.
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  5. Check the program that says “Yes” in the “Preventing Sleep” column and close that program.

You can also force quit programs and processes if you cannot close them, and this should fix the screen saver issues.

Method #2: Restarting Your Mac

To fix your screen saver problem on your Mac, try restarting it in the following way.

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Click “Restart”.
  3. Uncheck “Reopen when logging back in”. 
  4. Click “Restart”, and you’re done!
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Summary

In this guide, we have discussed how to change the screen lock time on your Mac. We have also discussed a couple of methods to fix the screen-saver issues on your Mac.

Hopefully, your query has been resolved, and you can now ensure your device’s privacy from prying eyes.

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