I have an iPhone with iOS 8. Is there a way to setup my phone where it doesn't require a passcode to unlock if it has been closed in the last 5 (or some amount) minutes?

I know that my computer has a 15min feature.


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    Re: the 2 existing answers - my 5S doesn't have 'Passcode Lock'. It does have Auto Lock. However, whatever I set it to, if I 'sleep' the phone with the top button, it immediately requires my ID if I wake it again. My partner's 5 doesn't, hers stays unlocked. Maybe it's the fingerprint ID that makes the difference?
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:12
  • @Tetsujin see if my answer below explains your experience.
    – Tyson
    Dec 17, 2014 at 17:55
  • @Tyson Ah, so it is the fingerprint ID that does it. We both use exchange for email, but not 'corporate' it's my own domain & I don't have the phones policy-locked, so the difference is the touchID. tbh, with the touchID, it's actually faster than swiping & entering a code, but I was always puzzled by the difference in behaviour.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 17, 2014 at 18:00
  • @Tetsujin I don't use 'corporate' exchange either, I have a personal office365 account, and it does not expose the setting discussed in the linked thread. However! if I delete my exchange email account I do get more options. I agree tho that with touchid it makes it irrelevant, I did all the discovery for this a long time ago before I was really used to touchid being so easy.
    – Tyson
    Dec 17, 2014 at 18:05
  • @Tyson I have what is technically a business account, but it's actually just because my ISP has kept upgrading me since 2001 so I'm very nicely grandfathered these days ;) It cleared up my puzzle anyway, thanks for the input.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 17, 2014 at 18:10

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I believe the setting you are looking for is Settings > Touch ID and Passcode > Require Passcode.

It should be noted that using a Microsoft Exchange account in email can effect the options available here. For example the only option on my phone is "immediately". this thread is how i finally learned why I only have the option "immediately".

  • While this is correct. I now see that there is no solution to my challenge. I wish I could delay it and still you the fingerprint
    – Mhsmith21
    Dec 17, 2014 at 20:23
  • The setting is not at that place for iphone 5c. I have not discovered where it is yet. Feb 8, 2016 at 0:03
  • @javadba "5c" is not what is relevant, if the setting is not there then you must have a very old iOS version, what is you iOS version?
    – Tyson
    Feb 8, 2016 at 0:09
  • 9.2.1. Uploaded within past 24 hours. Feb 8, 2016 at 0:13
  • It's still on that screen, about halfway down. It follows change passcode link and is before the voice dial selection.
    – Tyson
    Feb 8, 2016 at 0:15

You have to disable Touch ID for "iPhone Unlock" on newer iOS devices in order to set a time to lock your phone. In Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, disable (toggle off) Touch ID for iPhone Unlock. Once toggled off, you can then change the time to require passcode by accessing the "Require Passcode" option.

Basically it sets to "immediately" only with Touch ID enabled for unlocking your phone.

  1. Open the Settings App and navigate to General –> Passcode Lock.

  2. To set the passcode lock delay, locate the button where you see Require Passcode. By default you will see “Immediately” next to Require Passcode. This means that as soon as your device locks, your passcode will be enabled. If you want to delay this, tap on the button and select After 1 minute, After 5 minutes, or After 15 minutes. When you select any of these three time intervals, your device will not require you to re-enter your passcode for the relative time you selected.


I think what you mean can be found under settings> general. There's a function called, I think, Automatic Lock.

You can automatically lock your iphone after:

  • 1 minute
  • 2 minutes
  • 3 minutes
  • 4 minutes
  • 5 minutes
  • Never

If you want to override the requirement to use a passcode - say if Microsoft exchange is installed and the requirement for a passcode is set server-side; and if your phone is JB'd then you can install cydia then activator then an app called bypass which will run within activator. both activator and bypass are located on the bigboss repo that comes preinstalled in cydia.


I know this is an old thread but I've found with my 6s, running iOS 9.3.2, if you have the option "Use Touch ID for:" and you have "iPhone Unlock" turned on then the option "Require Passcide" will be automatically limited to "immediately" as well as selected & unchangeable.


6s 10.1.1 turned off Touch ID Allowed delayed lock options

  • Huh? Is there an answer here?
    – Allan
    Nov 2, 2016 at 17:09

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