How to customize the automatic sleep time of your Mac display

MacBook Lock Screen showing the enter password field after going to sleep

Your Mac is set to turn off its display and enter sleep state after a few minutes of inactivity. However, if you're charging your devices like the Magic Keyboard or iPhone, have opened a file for reference, or just don't want your Mac to turn its screen off, you have the option to extend the automatic sleep time.

In this short tutorial, we will show you how to change the sleep time settings of your Mac, and also explore some other related options.

How to fix iPhone not turning off the display, sleeping, or locking automatically

Unlocked iPhone on Home Screen and a locked iPhone showing the black screen

Most people have the habit of pressing the side button to manually lock the iPhone when they are done using it. However, some, especially older folks, don't. They know that once they stop using their iPhone, the display will automatically turn off and lock itself.

This is made possible due to the handy Auto-Lock feature that locks your iPhone when it hasn't been used for a while. But sometimes, your iPhone may not sleep automatically. This leads to battery drain and is a privacy risk as anyone can get inside your unlocked iPhone and go through your photos, contacts, messages, browsing history, wallet, etc.

Thankfully, fixing the failing Auto-Lock setting is easy, and we will show you how.

DontWannaSleepNow makes it easier to unlock your iPhone while in Sleep mode

Apple began integrating sleep-related health feature into the iPhone in iOS 13 with Bedtime, but it wasn’t until iOS 14 that more meaningful sleep-based features such as Sleep Mode came to fruition.

When Sleep Mode is active, your iPhone mutes incoming notifications with Do Not Disturb to keep you asleep and dissuades you from using your iPhone when you should be sleeping by way of a more convoluted Lock Screen that adds an additional button to tap before you can swipe up to unlock.

How to set up Sleep on your Apple Watch

Holding an Apple Watch and iPhone

Apple introduced some great new features with iOS 14 for sleep health. You can create a sleep schedule, set up time to Wind Down beforehand, and see if you’re getting the amount of sleep you need each night.

While these features are terrific for iPhone users, those who wear an Apple Watch get the benefit of sleep tracking too. If you wear your Apple Watch to bed, then this is definitely a feature to check out. So if you’re interested, here’s how to set up Sleep on your Apple Watch.

How to relax before bed with Wind Down for Sleep on iPhone

Timing for Wind Down on iPhone

When it’s getting close to your bedtime, do you do certain things to help you relax? Maybe you listen to soft music, meditate or do breathing exercises, or set a scene in the Home app. With Sleep Mode, you can use the Wind Down feature to help you do these things to prepare for night-night time.

Before we show you how to use Wind Down, take a look getting started with Sleep Mode on iPhone because these two features work hand-in-hand. If you’ve already set up Sleep in the Health app, then let’s get started with Wind Down!

How to set up a schedule, customize, and use Sleep Mode on iPhone

Health Sleep app Sweet Dreams screen on iPhone

When you prepare for bedtime, do you do certain things with your iPhone? Maybe you enable Do Not Disturb, set your alarm, and even dim your bright display.

When iOS 14 was introduced, it brought a new feature called Sleep Mode that takes care of these things for you. So rather than go through the same nightly routine to get your iPhone ready for bed, here’s how to use Sleep Mode instead.