How to Turn Off Screen Lock on Ubuntu Linux

This post shows students and new users how to disable the screen lock on Ubuntu Linux. By default, if you step away from your Ubuntu desktop for a short while, it will automatically lock the screen to prevent others from accessing your files or programs.

This feature is included for security reasons. You can disable it so your computer screen never locks, but it’s not recommended when you’re in a public area. At home, it may be safe to disable the Ubuntu screen lock.

If you do not want your computer to automatically lock after a brief while, the steps below show you how to disable the screen lock on your Ubuntu desktop. You can also manually lock the screen by selecting the system menu at the top right corner and clicking the lock icon on the menu pane.

Doing this will lock the screen instantly. To return to your desktop raise the lock screen curtain to reveal the logon screen. Enter your password to log on.

When your screen is locked, other users can log in to their accounts by clicking Log in as another user on the password screen. You can switch back to your desktop when they are finished.

How to disable screen lock on Ubuntu Linux

To disable the screen lock on Ubuntu Linux, click the System Menu at the top right corner and select Setting.

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Then select Privacy on the left menu and show the privacy options. On the privacy pane, select Screen Lock

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Clicking the Screen Lock will display the option to disable it. Tick the button to OFF to disable as shown below.

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Exit and you’re done. Your computer will never lock its screen again when it is idled.

You may also want to turn off Show Notifications options so private messages are not displayed on the screen when the screen lock is enabled.


This post showed you how to turn Off the screen lock on Ubuntu Linux. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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