How to Turn off Lock Screen in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to turn off Windows 11 lock screen so it doesn’t lock or go to sleep when idle.

When you step away from your computer for a short time, it will automatically turn on the screen and sometimes goes to sleep. This feature helps save battery life and also protects you from others accessing your files and programs.

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.

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

If you don’t want your computer to timeout or lock the screen, you can disable or turn it off so that it never sleeps or lock the screen.

To turn off the lock screen in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

Turn off the lock screen in Windows 11

To disable Windows 11 lock screen, click on Start and select the Settings gear as shown in the image below.

windows 11 new settings button
windows 11 new settings button

Next, select Personalization from the left menu and go to the Lock screen on the right.

windows 11 personalization lock screen
Windows 11 personalization lock screen

On the Lock screen, under Related settings, click on Screen timeout.

Under Power, choose the settings that work for you. Choose Never if you don’t want Windows to lock the screen when plugged into the Power.

On battery, you can adjust the timeout period for when Windows lock the screen or go to sleep.

Your settings should automatically save when done.

If the steps above do not work, you may find the post below helpful. The post below will work on Windows 10 and Windows 11 and will change the power settings even if the device is controlled in a corporate environment.

How to keep Windows awake with PowerToys


This post showed you how to disable or turn off the Windows lock screen. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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Richard W

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  1. My screen still goes to the lock screen after a while, even with “never” set. I’m not sure this setting does what you think it does.

  2. Computer was set for no passwords for my 97 year old mother. A windows update has added passwords and a lot of confusion. How do I remove passwords from the return from sleep?

  3. Everyone keeps posting these same instructions, which don’t fix the issue at all. My screen still goes to lock after 1 minute, even after changing the settings in this article, or the registry changes other articles suggest. Nothing changes the lock screen after 1 minute.

    1. You might want to give this is try then.
      PowerToy Awake

  4. I’m following the instructions, but I’m being blocked by the user account control, and I forgot my administrator password, so I cannot access most things, can you help me disable the admin account?

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