How to change the lock screen timeout on a Mac

This video will show you how to change the lock screen timeout on a Mac.

If you have a Mac and have set a password when you leave your Mac alone for a short time it will go into sleep mode or start the screen saver. Sleep mode is designed to save battery life and will start after a very short time. When you wake your Mac you will be prompted for your password.
Well you can tell your Mac how long you want this time out to be before you get prompted for your password. Some people might find it annoying to have to type their password in every few mins of non activity or they just might not need this security feature at all.

The picture below is of the Security and Privacy settings in your Mac settings.
Security and Privacy

12 thoughts on “How to change the lock screen timeout on a Mac

  1. to change the length of time before the screen saver screen one needs to go to System Preferences, Screen Saver and change the “time to start” on left bottom of the panel. new Macs have this as 10 mins

  2. What might cause my mac not to allow me to change that value from 5 minutes to 1 hour? I have unlocked changes, try to make the change from the pull down, but the value stays the same after doing so? Is there some administrative lock that can be put on the value (equivalent to Windows group policies)? Where can I go looking for it?

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