Do you know how to set a picture on your lock screen on your iPhone? How to customize it? How to set up a passcode to secure your phone? Want to know how to set up Touch ID? YouвЂ™re in the right place if you do.
This post isnвЂ™t just about setting a new lock screen image. I will show you how to customize and secure it with a passcode and/or fingerprint. All so you can enjoy your new iPhone while keeping it secure.
I am using an iPhone 7 so all these instructions will use that as an example. Older versions of the handset should also work. The only exception may be Touch ID as older iPhones donвЂ™t have that feature.
Set a lock screen image on an iPhone
Setting a lock screen image is just one of many ways to personalize your iPhone. The lock screen image sits on the screen after you wake the screen up and before you unlock your phone. You donвЂ™t usually get to see it much but it is a way to make the phone your own.
- Tap the Settings icon on your iPhone and select Wallpaper.
- Select Choose a New Wallpaper.
- Select from Dynamic, Stills, Live or Libraries and then select an image or image folder.
- Adjust the image if it doesnвЂ™t fit or work perfectly.
- Select Set and Set Lock Screen.
The image or selection should now appear on your lock screen.
Change the time delay on your iPhone lock screen
Once you have an image you like, do you need to change the default lock time? It is set to two minutes by default but that might be too much. HereвЂ™s how to change it.
- Tap the Settings icon on your iPhone and select Display & Brightness.
- Select Auto Lock and set the time. You can choose from 30 seconds upwards.
- Experiment with the settings until you find one you like.
ThatвЂ™s all there is to that one.
Set a lock screen passcode on an iPhone
Changing the lock screen passcode on your iPhone is one of the first things you should do when you begin setting it up. It is an essential extra security measure that helps protect your phone should it get lost or stolen.
- Tap the Settings icon on your iPhone and select Touch ID & Passcode.
- Select Turn Passcode On.
- Enter a memorable six digit passcode.
- Confirm by re-entering the passcode.
ThatвЂ™s it. Your phone is now protected by that six figure code. All you need do now is make sure you remember it without writing it down or making it too obvious what it is.
From now on, whenever you wake up your iPhone you will be asked to enter the passcode. You get three attempts to enter it correctly before it locks you out so make sure you remember it!
If you do forget it or it stops working for some reason, visit this Apple webpage to learn what to do.
Set up Touch ID on an iPhone
Touch ID was introduced with the iPhone 5 so most iPhones in use will have it available even if it isnвЂ™t being used. I think it is an essential security tool and everyone should use it to protect their handset. Other phone manufacturers quickly followed suit as it is a very effective way to protect whatвЂ™s yours.
HereвЂ™s how to set up Touch ID on your iPhone.
- Tap the Settings icon on your iPhone and select Touch ID & Passcode.
- Select Add a Fingerprint and place your thumb onto the Home button until it vibrates.
- Place your finger or thumb over the Home button repeatedly at slightly different angles and positions. DonвЂ™t press the button, just apply enough pressure for your fingerprint to be read.
- Change the grip as suggested by the next screen.
It is best to hold the thumb in the exact position you would when opening your phone for use. Touch ID takes several snapshots of your fingerprint to allow for slight deviations when holding the phone. That is why it asks you to repeat the print in several different positions.
Once set up, you can use Touch ID to lock your phone, authorize purchases through iTunes and Apple Pay to make life a little faster and easier. Those features alone makes Touch ID worth configuring.
Do you use Touch ID? Have any problems with it? Any suggestions for new users? Leave a comment below if you do.
With Screen Time, you can access real-time reports showing how much time you spend on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also set limits for what you want to manage.
Screen Time lets you know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites, and more. This way, you can make more informed decisions about how you use your devices, and set limits if you’d like to. Learn how to use parental controls to manage a child’s device.
Turn on Screen Time
- Go to Settings > Screen Time.
- Tap Turn On Screen Time.
- Tap Continue.
- Select This is My [device] or This is My Child’s [device].
After you turn on Screen Time, you’ll see a report showing how you use your device, apps, and websites. If it’s your child’s device, you can set up Screen Time and create settings on their device or you can use Family Sharing to configure your child’s device from your device. After you set up your child’s device, you can also use Family Sharing to see reports and adjust settings from your device.
With Screen Time, you can also create a dedicated passcode to secure settings, so only you can extend time or make changes. Make sure to choose a passcode that’s different from the passcode that you use to unlock your device. To change or turn off the passcode on your child’s device, go to Settings > Screen Time, and tap [your child’s name]. Then tap Change Screen Time Passcode or Turn Off Screen Time Passcode, and authenticate the change with Face ID, Touch ID, or your device passcode.
Set a Screen Time passcode
You can set a passcode so that only you can change Screen Time settings and allow more time when app limits expire. Use this feature to set content and privacy limitations for your child’s device. The steps to set up a Screen Time passcode depend on whether you’re using Family Sharing.
Here’s how you can adjust iPhone, iPad, iPod touch screen time out (auto-lock) duration in a few easy steps.
iOS 101 – Adjust Your iPhone, iPad Screen Time Out Duration
While we generally expect a new smartphone or tablet to be a powerhouse in terms of features, with things like modular parts, crazy autofocus being the order of the day in present time’s gadgets, but it’s the little things that add up to create a solid experience for the user. Among those little things is the way how our mobile device’s software handles screen time out duration, allowing the display to automatically turn off and put the device the sleep, subsequently saving battery.
Keeping the ‘time out’ bit in mind, today we will show you how you can adjust said feature on an iPhone, iPad or an iPod touch in a few easy steps. Grab your iOS device and hop right in!
1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen.
2. Tap on the option that is labeled ‘General.’
3. Look for ‘Auto-Lock.’ Tap on it once you find it.
4. You’ll see a bunch of options in this page. With ’30 Seconds’ being the lowest option available, it’s great to set that one up as it will turn off the display quickly when your device is idle, saving you battery life. If you want to go full-on rogue then set the option to ‘Never.’ Although we would highly recommend ‘3 Minutes’ to be the most optimum in a lot of cases. The final choice is yours to take though.
If you’re a brand new iOS user then the above mentioned tip will go a long way for you when it comes to day to day usage of your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
We highly recommend that you play around with the setting and see which one works best for you. For instance, if you’re the type of user who only likes to peek at their smartphone or tablet from time to time and prefer not to spend much time on it, then the ’30 seconds’ option is the way to go.
If you’re a frequent user of your smartphone or tablet, then choosing a higher value time out setting is the way to go, as it will keep your device awake for an extended period of time, giving you more minutes to glance at the display.
Found the above tip useful? Then be sure to let us know about it in the comments section below.
Learn how to set up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
If you’re switching to a new device
If you want to transfer your information from another device to your new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow these steps:
Make sure that you back up your previous iOS device so that you can transfer the content to the new device.
If you’re setting up your first iOS device
If you already set up your new device but want to start over, learn how to erase your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Otherwise, follow these steps:
Turn on your device
Press and hold the device’s power button until you see the Apple logo. You’ll then see “Hello” in many languages. Follow the steps to get started. If you’re blind or have low vision, you can turn on VoiceOver or Zoom from the Hello screen.
When asked, choose your language. Then tap your country or region. This affects how information looks on your device, including date, time, contacts, and more. At this point, you can tap the blue accessibility button to set up Accessibility Options that can optimize your setup experience and the use of your new device.
If you have another device on iOS 11 or later, use Quick Start
If you have another device that’s running iOS 11 or later, you can use it to automatically set up your new device with Quick Start. Bring the two devices close together, and then follow the instructions.
If you don’t have another device with iOS 11 or later, tap “Set Up Manually” to continue.
Activate your device
You need to connect to a Wi-Fi network, a cellular network, or iTunes to activate and continue setting up your device.
Tap the Wi-Fi network that you want to use or select a different option. If you’re setting up an iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular), you might need to insert your SIM card first.
Set up Face ID or Touch ID and create a passcode
On some devices, you can set up Face ID or Touch ID. With these features, you can use face recognition or your fingerprint to unlock your device and make purchases. Tap Continue and follow the instructions, or tap “Set Up Later in Settings.”
Next, set a six-digit passcode to help protect your data. You need a passcode to use features like Face ID, Touch ID, and Apple Pay. If you’d like a four-digit passcode, custom passcode, or no passcode, tap “Passcode Options.”
Restore or transfer your information and data
If you have an iCloud or iTunes backup, or an Android device, you can restore or transfer your data from your old device to your new device.
If you don’t have a backup or another device, select Don’t Transfer Apps & Data.
Sign in with your Apple ID
Enter your Apple ID and password, or tap “Forgot password or don’t have an Apple ID?” From there, you can recover your Apple ID or password, create an Apple ID, or set it up later. If you use more than one Apple ID, tap “Use different Apple IDs for iCloud and iTunes?”
When you sign in with your Apple ID, you might be prompted for a verification code from your previous device.
Turn on automatic updates and set up other features
On the next screens, you can decide whether to share information with app developers and allow iOS to update automatically.
Set up Siri and other services
Next, you’ll be asked to set up or enable services and features, like Siri. On some devices, you’ll be asked to speak a few phrases so that Siri can get to know your voice.
If you signed in with your Apple ID, follow the steps to set up Apple Pay and iCloud Keychain.
Set up Screen Time and more display options
Screen Time gives you insight into how much time you and your kids spend on your devices. It also lets you set time limits for daily app use. After you set up Screen Time, you can turn on True Tone if your device supports it, and use Display Zoom to adjust the size of icons and text on your Home screen.
If you have an iPhone X or later, learn more about using gestures to navigate your device. If you have an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus, you can adjust the click for your Home button.
Tap “Get Started” to begin using your device. Make a safe copy of your data by backing up, and learn about more features in the user guide for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
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The mobile device phenomenon is relatively new, only about a decade old, and we’re still learning about its effects on our psyche. Companies are starting to take into consideration that it’s not a bad idea to keep track of how much time we spend on our devices. Whether you feel like you spend too much time on Twitter or too little time listening to relaxing music, Apple’s Screen Time dashboard can help you understand your usage better with a detailed report of your daily and weekly activities on your iPhone and iPad. Here’s everything you need to know about Screen Time on iPhone and iPad in iOS 12.
Where to find Screen Time
Screen Time is in the Settings app on your iPhone and iPad, just above the Do Not Disturb feature.
When you tap into Screen Time, you’ll see your activity dashboard and the tools you can use to restrict your device usages.
The activity dashboard is where the focus of Screen Time lies. It’s where you’ll get detailed information about how much time you’re spending on your device, which apps you’re spending time in, and the times of day you’re using your device. The information is presented as graph chart that you can tap into to get more details.
For example, your daily chart shows a time graph of apps you’ve used throughout the day and for how long. Touch one of the graph bars to see details on how much time you spent in that app during that timeframe.
Below the bar graph, you’ll see details on each app you’ve opened that day, plus how many minutes total for the day you’ve spent in the app.
Under the app list, you’ll see how many times you’ve picked up your phone, how often you’ve picked up your phone, and during which time of the day you’ve picked up your phone the most.
Below the phone pickups section, you’ll see your notifications summary. On display are how many notifications you’ve received, how often you’ve received them (on average) and which apps you’ve received notifications from.
You can view your activity dashboard as a daily summary and a weekly summary. The same information is included on each dashboard, but the weekly summary includes all details over the past seven days.
Downtime is a section in Screen Time that lets you set a daily schedule for when your iPhone is just off limits. When Downtime is set, only approved apps (that you’ve approved) and phone calls will be available.
You’ll set a start and end time for when you want Downtime to be enabled. This will happen every day at the same time while enabled.
While Downtime is running, your Home screen will dim. The apps you’ve approved access to will be highlighted. When you tap an app to launch it, you’ll see the “Time Limit Reached” screen.
You can ignore the restriction by tapping Ignore Limit. You can then set a reminder in 15 minutes that you’ve reached your screen time limit or set to ignore the limit for the day.
When Downtime is over, your screen will brighten back up and you’ll have access to your apps again.
Note: Downtime will affect all devices you are signed in to with the same iCloud account running iOS 12.
If, during your review of your daily and weekly device activity, you notice you’re spending a lot of time in certain category of apps that you’d like to spend less time in, you can set daily limits for accessing those apps.
App Limits work similar to Downtime, but instead of a particular time of day, you can limit use to a specific amount of time.
In the Screen Time dashboard, tap App Limits > Add Limit and then select a category. Then tap Add to pick the time limit you want.
When you’ve spent a certain amount of time in apps that fit the category, you’ll get a notification that you’re near your daily limit.
Once you’ve hit the limit, you’ll see the “Time Limit Reached” screen instead of the app’s content.
You can ignore the restriction by tapping Ignore Limit. You can then set a reminder in 15 minutes that you’ve reached your screen time limit or set to ignore the limit for the day.
The next day, you’ll be able to access those apps again.
Note: App Limits will affect all devices you are signed in to with the same iCloud account running iOS 12.
Parental Controls for Screen Time
Screen Time isn’t just for you. It’s also for your kids. It’s also for you to see how your kids are doing. Using Family Sharing, you can get a weekly report about every device in your Family Sharing family.
The weekly report will show you the same information you see in your personal weekly dashboard, including how much time they’re spending on their device, which apps they’re using the most, and the time of day they’re using their device.
Based on the information you’ve gathered from your children’s Screen Time report, you can decide whether to restrict how much time they spend on their device.
You can set up Downtime and App Limits remotely from your iPhone in the Screen Time section of your Settings app.
Similar to approving apps for use on your own device during Downtime, you can free up certain apps for your kids to use during Downtime, too.
For example, you can schedule Downtime between 5:00 PM and midnight every night on your kids’ device, but allow educational apps and text messages to come through.
From your device, you can also restrict apps, games, and content (movies, music, TV shows) based on what you consider appropriate for their age.
Do you have any questions about what Screen Time is or how it works? Put your questions in the comments section and I’ll help you out.
With Screen Time, you can keep an eye on what websites are visited and accessed on an iPhone or iPad. This Screen Time capability is completely separate from searching through Safari browser history to find past viewed websites, as it’s intended to keep track of web usage and what sites have been visited, which can be particularly helpful for iPad or iPhone setup for a child, though there’s obviously many other use cases too.
For some quick background, Screen Time is a feature in modern iOS, iPadOS, and macOS versions that allow users to keep track of their device usage, and it doubles as a set of parental control tools to restrict the content that children and other users are able to access on a device. The ability to view the list of websites visited is one such tool that could come in handy especially if you want to block any unwanted websites that are being accessed from the device.
Let’s take a look at how you can view which websites have been visited by using Screen Time on an iPhone or iPad.
How to View Which Websites Have Been Visited on iPhone or iPad with Screen Time
Before you go ahead with this procedure, keep in mind that you can only access this list if Screen Time is enabled on your device. Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the necessary steps.
Head over to “Settings” from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
In the settings menu, scroll down and tap on “Screen Time”.
Here, tap on “See All Activity” located right below the graph.
Now, you’ll be able to see a list of “most used” apps as shown below. Tap on the “Show More” option to view all the data.
You might have to tap on “Show More” multiple times to view all the pages here, but you’ll be able to see the websites accessed from the device as you keep scrolling down, as shown in the screenshot below.
That’s how you can see the websites visited on an iOS or iPadOS device with Screen Time. Remember, this only works if Screen Time has been enabled.
It’s worth noting that you can only see the list of websites that were visited using Safari. Therefore, if the person uses third-party browsers like Chrome or Firefox, you won’t be able to keep track of the data. In that case, you can still check that specific browser’s history and then use Screen Time to restrict access to specific websites, or restrict access to a particular app by putting a passcode lock on it or any other restriction you see fit.
When you observe that the user is spending too much time on a specific website, you can set daily limits for that website. Or, if you see that the user is accessing an unwanted site, you can block any website using Screen Time on iPhone or iPad too. Blocking websites using Screen Time should make it inaccessible from any browser and not just Safari.
We highly recommend you to use a Screen Time passcode and keep changing it frequently to make sure the user doesn’t mess around with your Screen Time settings and make unnecessary changes.
Do you use a Mac? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that you can also see the list of websites visited on the Mac using Screen Time in an identical way. Plus, you can also block access to specific websites with Screen Time on macOS if preferred.
Were you able to use Screen Time to see websites viewed from an iPhone or iPad? What other parental control features do you use to restrict the device usage? Let us know your tips, thoughts, and opinions on Apple’s Screen Time in the comments section.
iPhone or iPad’s display automatically turns off and the device gets locked after some time of inactivity. The iPhone screen off time is limited to make sure there is no loss of battery as well as to prevent any unauthorized person from using the device. However the default screen timeout settings might be too long or too short for you, and you might want to increase or decrease this setting. Thankfully iOS allows users to change the Auto-Lock settings, making it possible for them to choose the iPad or iPhone screen timeout of their liking.
By changing a simple setting for Auto-Lock you can change the iPad or iPhone screen timeout. The steps for changing screen timeout are same for all models of iPhone including iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone X. This also includes older devices such as iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s.
What is Screen Timeout on iPhone or iPad?
Screen Timeout setting allows users to set the time after which the screen automatically turns off. The screen timeout setting turns off the screen after the specified time and locks the device. Right screen timeout settings can help improve a device’s security and save battery life.
Those with iPads and iPod touch can also use the following guide to change screen timeout settings and set a different auto-lock time on iOS.
How to change Auto-Lock time on iPhone or iPad
Follow these simple steps to change iPhone screen timeout settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. With these steps you can choose iPhone auto-lock screen time that suits you the best.
- On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch open the Settings app.
- Now tap on ‘Display & Brightness‘ from the menu.
- Next tap on ‘Auto-Lock‘ option.
- On the next page you will find different options including 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes and ‘Never’.
That’s it. Now your chosen iPhone auto-lock screen setting will apply to your device.
You can choose the amount of time for iPhone screen timeout based on your personal requirements. We recommend that you choose a shorter time such as 30 seconds or 1 minute to prevent unauthorized people from accessing your device while it is unlocked.
It is recommended to not use the ‘Never’ option especially on iPhone that contains your private data. Choosing a longer timeout setting can also negatively affect the battery life of your device.
We also recommend that you do not use Never option if you have an OLED screen, since OLED display equipped iPhones released after iPhone X are vulnerable to screen burn-in issues.
There you go folks, this is how you can change iPhone screen off time and configure auto-lock timing for your iOS device.
Which iPhone screen off setting do you choose for your device? Let us know in the comments section below.
Screen addiction is a very real issue for many smartphone users, and Apple is taking the problem seriously. Since the rollout of iOS 12, there’s a Screen Time feature that can help iPhone and iPad users become aware of how much time they spend on their devices, then cut back if they feel the need. One of these settings is called Downtime. What does Downtime in Screen Time do? It’s exactly what it sounds like; a set time of day where your device reminds you that it’s time to unplug and do something else. Let’s get started learning how to set up Downtime in iOS 13 now.
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How to Set Up Downtime in Your Screen Time Settings:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap on Screen Time and toggle it on if you haven’t already.
If you tap on a grayed-out app, you’ll see a notice that gives you the option to tap OK or Ignore Limit.
If you tap Ignore Limit, you can use the app for One more minute, ask to be reminded in fifteen minutes, ignore the limit altogether, or cancel and stick to your Downtime limit.
Can I Change My Downtime Limits?
Of course! You can go into Settings and change or remove your Downtime limits if you wish, or you can tap on an app you want to use, then tap Ignore Limit For Today.
In today’s time, smartphones are being upgraded by the day. They make our work easier, most people are also getting addicted to smartphones. Technology is good to use but misuse can be harmful. Most people stick to their smartphones throughout the day. Some waste their time on never ending social media browsing. Users are getting out of their sleep and staring at the phone screen becoming night owls. To deal with this, the iPhone and iPad have this feature of Downtime under the Screen Time section.
Downtime is a specific time within which you cannot use any application on your device when activated. Yes, only the most frequently used app can be phone, message, email or such work related app. You can also customize which apps you want to allow while downtime is active. In this article, I will help you how to set up this useful feature and get some break from overuse of smartphone.
Setup Downtime in Screen Time for iPhone and iPad:
Follow the steps to set downtime in screen time for iPhone an iPad.
- Launch the Settings app> scroll down to Screen Time.
- Tap on the Downtime option.
- Now you have to tap on the switch near Downtime to enable it.
- Here, you can select days and Set up the Starting time by Selecting From and also set when the downtime will be over. For the latter select To.
- Once you set that time limit go back to the previous section.
Customizing the Apps:
- Now, select Always Allowed
- Now you will see a list of apps that are allowed during Downtime.
- If you tap on the red minus sign that is to the left of the App name which is under the Always Allow section, it will be unavailable during the Downtime.
- This way if you tap on the green plus sign next to the app name, those are under select apps that will be added to the exception list of apps that you can access after Downtime is enabled.
Note: When downtime is enabled, the apps under it will appear faded on the home screen. Apps will have a small hour icon next to them.
How Can I Access Blocked Apps:
If you try to access any blocked application while the downtime is activated, you will see a message that says that you have reached that app’s deadline.
If you want to use an app at that time, tap on the Ignore limit option. You can use the app for 15 minutes and get a reminder to close it or allow the app to be completely allowed for that day. There will be two options Remind Me in 15 Minutes and Ignore Limit for Today, you can choose one both of them.
So, this is about setting downtime on your iPhone or iPad. The above steps work for both Apple devices. This is useful if you want to get away from the monotony of smartphone usage, or social media addiction.