Here are 4 Workable Ways to Change Windows 11 Lock Screen Timeout

Here are 4 Workable Ways to Change Windows 11 Lock Screen Timeout

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Are you having trouble with Windows 11 Lock Screen Timeout? Want to know what you can do to change it? Last time we covered this topic on Windows 10, there was only one option available, but Windows 11 gives you more options.

This time, you can change the lock screen timeout via Settings, Control Panel, Command Prompt (CMD), and Registry Editor. By changing the lock screen timeout, you can set a timer to lock your PC screen to prevent unauthorized access.

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1. Change Windows 11 lock screen timeout via Settings

One of the easiest ways to change the lock screen timeout in Windows 11 is through the Windows Settings app. Changing the lock screen timeout can also help you save power while protecting your privacy by changing the amount of battery consumed by your laptop or PC. Here’s how to change Windows 11 lock screen timeout through Settings.

1. Open Windows Settings (Windows key + I keyboard shortcut).

2. Go to System > Power (& Battery) > Screen & Sleep. If you are using a PC that needs to be plugged in all the time, your Power the screen may look like this, with only 2 options; Once plugged in, turn off my screen afterwards and Once plugged in, put my device to sleep after.

However, if you have a laptop with a battery, you can see 4 options including On battery like in the picture below.

windows 11 lock screen timeout

3. Under Screen and sleep, click the drop-down menus to change the lock screen settings to your preferred lock screen timeout. You can choose between increments of 1 minute to 5 hours. No custom options are available at this time.

Now, close the Settings app to check if you have changed the lock screen timeout in Windows 11 successfully.

2. Control Panel

As you might already know, Control Panel includes many advanced options to make changes to your power plan and you can also change the lock screen timeout in Windows 11, here’s what What to do.

1. Open Control Panel.

2. In Control Panel, navigate to System and Security > Power Options

3. Click Change plan settings next to your selected power plan.
change lock screen timeout

4. Change your preferred Windows 11 lock screen timeout settings when branch and on the battery.

Here are 4 practical ways to change Windows 11 lock screen timeout - OnMSFT.com - 13 July 2022

5. Click Save changes and close Control Panel when finished.

3. Command Prompt (CMD)

Here is how to change lock screen timeout using CMD in Windows 11.

1. Open the command prompt (CMD) as an administrator on your PC.

windows 11 lock screen timeout

If you want to start a program as an administrator, you can do so by searching for the program you want to use in the Start or Search menu, and once it is highlighted, use the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keyboard shortcut.

Once you perform the hotkey, you will need to confirm the User Account Control (UAC) prompt and then the desired application will open as administrator.

2. Type the following command and press Walk in to set a lock screen timeout at any time you want minutes when On the battery:

powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-dc {minutes}

Make sure to set the {minutes} value to your preferred lock screen timeout. In the example below, the Windows 11 lock screen timeout is set to 5 minutes when On the battery.

Here are 4 practical ways to change Windows 11 lock screen timeout - OnMSFT.com - 13 July 2022

3. Type the following command and press Walk in to set a lock screen timeout when Branch.

powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac {minutes}

Make sure to set the {minutes} value to your preferred lock screen timeout. In the example below, the lock screen timeout is set to 10 minutes when Branch.

windows 11 lock screen timeout

4. Close the command prompt when finished.

4. Registry Editor

Although it is not so convenient, you can use a small Windows registry tweak to change the lock screen timeout in Windows 11. Please follow these steps carefully.

1. Open the Windows Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Start or Search menu and press Walk in.

2. Once you have confirmed the UAC prompt, Registry Editor will open. Go to the following location:
ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPowerPowerSettings7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc998EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7

3. In the right pane, double-click the Attributes key and change its Value data at 2 and click OKAY to save changes.

Here are 4 practical ways to change Windows 11 lock screen timeout - OnMSFT.com - 13 July 2022

The registry edit you just made unlocked an option called Console Lock Display Disable Delay in Windows 11. In order to customize this option to change the lock screen timeout, follow these steps.

1. Open the Control Panel again, select Power Optionsand click on Change plan settings next to your diet plan.

2. Click Change advanced power settingsthen expand it Display category in the pop-up window.

Here are 4 practical ways to change Windows 11 lock screen timeout - OnMSFT.com - 13 July 2022

3. You now see the Console Lock Display Disable Delay option, you can extend it and change the default time to any amount you want. Click on Apply and OKAY to save your changes.

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