Windows 11 lock screen will time out and turn off your screen in less than 30 seconds – but what if you want it to stay on longer? You will need to edit the registry to enable timeout settings in Windows 11. Here’s how to edit the registry.
Manually enable the setting in the registry
Windows 11 does not show the option to change the lock screen timeout setting anywhere by default. The most similar settings are the display timeout settings when your PC is not locked.
Warning: The Windows registry is essential to the Windows operating system and most of the programs you have installed. Incorrectly modifying or deleting registry entries can cause system instability or inoperability. You should read about the Windows Registry and how to use Registry Editor safely before trying this.
You will need to use Registry Editor (RegEdit) to enable the setting before you can change it.
Start by launching Regedit – open the Start menu, type “regedit” in the search bar, then hit enter or click “Open”.
Navigate to the following address in RegEdit:
Point: You can simply paste the provided path into RegEdit’s address bar.
Double-click on the DWORD named “Attributes” to modify its value.
Change “Data Value” from 1 to 2, then click “OK”.
This is the only thing you need to change in the registry, so close RegEdit.
If you ever want to disable the option, simply reset the value to 1.
Use our REG files to automate the process
If you don’t want to manually dig into the registry – and there are plenty of reasons not to – you can simply use our pre-built REG files to apply changes automatically.
Warning: REG files simply apply predefined changes to the Windows registry based on the contents of the file. As a general rule, you shouldn’t trust random REG files you download from the Internet – they could be malicious. You can check any REG file by opening it in a plain text editor. It’s normal to see a warning window whenever you try to apply a REG file that you downloaded or created yourself. If the source is trustworthy or you have verified the file, just press “Run” and “Yes” when prompted.
Download our REG files from the link below:
Lock screen timeout hacks
Open the ZIP file in any archiving program you like. Windows can open ZIP files in File Explorer, but if you want a dedicated file archiving program, 7-Zip is a great all-around choice.
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Double-click “Add lock screen timeout setting to Power Options.reg” and click “Yes” when prompted for security. The registry change will take effect immediately.
Double-click “Remove the lock screen timeout setting from Power Options.reg” to disable the lock screen timeout option again.
Open power plan settings in control panel
To note: This registry hack will not enable timeout options in the Settings app.
Options that allow you to control the lock screen timeout are now enabled in the Control Panel Power Plan settings. Click the Start button, type “Control Panel” in the Start menu search bar, then click “Open” or press Enter.
Point: If you want to save yourself a few clicks, you can type “edit power plan” and select that result instead.
Click “Hardware and Sound” if your Control Panel is set to “View by: Category”.
To note: If your control panel is set to “Small” or “Large”, you can simply click “Power Options”.
Look for a large section called “Power Options”, then click “Change Power Plan” under “Power Options”.
Click “Change advanced power settings” at the bottom.
You need to navigate to View > Console Lock Display Timeout. Then adjust the timeout for “Plugged in” and “On Battery”.
There are a few important things to know here.
You probably won’t see two options if you’re on a desktop computer – don’t worry, that’s normal. Just adjust the option you have. Also, the timeout you set will be slightly off. Windows 11 has a minimum timeout of around 30 seconds, and this will be added to the time you enter in the box.
If you want to disable the timeout entirely, just enter 0. Also, the maximum timeout set in the registry is 4,294,967,295 seconds (71,582,788 minutes), or just over 136 years. If you need more time, you’ll have to wait for an update from Microsoft.