How to Change Blank Screen Delay in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to change the time when screen goes blank in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux comes with a feature called Blank Screen Delay that controls the period of inactivity after which the screen will go blank.

Blank Screen Delay and Automatic Screen Lock are set for 5 minutes by default. After 5 minutes of inactivity, your Ubuntu Linux screen goes blank, and locks itself.

Automatic Screen Lock is a security feature that ensures no one is able to sign into your computer when you are away, thus protecting your data. Blank Screen Delay is there to enhance your privacy, so that no one is able to view your desktop while you are away.

Blank Screen Delay is also used to save energy and lower your power bills or extend your device’s battery life.

Below is how to change Blank Screen Delay in Ubuntu Linux.

How to change when your computer screen goes blank in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, Blank Screen Delay that controls the period of inactivity after which the screen will go blank.

Below is how to control when your screen goes blank.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

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Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

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In the Settings app, click on Privacy tile to expand.

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In the System Settings -> Privacy settings pane, click on Screen to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Privacy -> Screen settings pane, use the Blank Screen Delay drop-down list under Screen Lock to set the time until the screen blanks, or disable the blanking completely.

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Alternatively, go to System Settings -> Power to open the penal. Then use the Screen Blank drop-down list under Power Saving Options to set the time until the screen blanks or disable the blanking completely.

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You can set the Blank Screen Delay independently of Automatic Screen Lock in Ubuntu Linux.

That should do it You can now close the Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change Blank Screen Delay in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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