Right now, it gets locked in 3-4 minutes. How do I delay the locking? I am using snow leopard

6 Answers 6


In Lion, there's a setting in System Preferences under Security & Privacy asking how long after sleep or the screen saver begins is the password required.

enter image description here

  • 2
    After I click the lock to make changes, my "Require password" is disabled. Perhaps this is a custom change in my office provided laptop?
    – xyz
    Oct 6, 2011 at 5:52
  • @xyz After you click the lock, click the "Advanced.." button at the bottom, that has a text box where you can enter number of minutes of inactivity to trigger a logout. Maybe that's what u are looking for...
    – mtk
    Nov 10, 2017 at 16:26
  • mtk that's not what @xyz is referring, it's the "Require password___after sleep..." line which is disabled, I have the same issue, probably because it's a company laptop too.
    – r1ckr
    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:02

If anyone gets this problem you wont solve it with the above. You will need to go to system preferences and then energy saving and then set the time-out for battery and plug-in use. Spotlight (Cmd + Space) and enter Energy Saving. Once you're in you'll find it :)

  • 3
    The question was how to delay the locking (i.e. requirement of username + password). What you've described is how to change the delay before the screen turns off. That's something else entirely. The accepted answer is correct.
    – T Nguyen
    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:50
  • This Answer is not exactly what the question is asking. But this solved my problem. So up voted. :D
    – Arijit
    Nov 12, 2020 at 4:49
  • I was looking for this. Thank you. Sep 1, 2021 at 9:07

Step 1 select system preferences

enter image description here

Step 2 select baterry

enter image description here

Step 3 adjust the scroller "turn off display after"

enter image description here

  • 1
    No this does not lock the computer it just turns the screen off and you can just hit any key to use it again. See apple.stackexchange.com/a/268547/237 for the correct panel in System Preferences
    – mmmmmm
    Feb 5, 2022 at 9:22

In macOS Sierra,

Click on apple icon Left top corner -> System Preferences..

Click on Security & Privacy Icon

Click on General tab.

Now you can increase or decrease locking time. enter image description here enter image description here


This is get from support.apple.com,

Turn off your display or put it to sleep

Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Energy Saver. Use the slider to choose the time of inactivity. If you set your display to turn off before the screen saver starts, the screen saver won't start after a period of inactivity.


Use this helpful app for easy toggling between locking or not: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/caffeine/id411246225?mt=12

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .