There are certain times when I would like to be able to force my iPad to go to passcode lock mode immediately, rather than waiting for the usual 15-minute timeout.

I currently have "require passcode after" set to 15 minutes. There is also an 'immediately' setting, which requires a passcode every time that the device is brought out of sleep mode, no matter how much time the device was asleep.

I am wondering if there is a way to put the iPad into 'require passcode immediately' mode on a one-time basis, without changing the 15-minute default that I have in settings. The instances where I need an "immediate lock" are few and don't outweigh the utility of keeping the 15 minute delay most of the time.

Is this possible? If so, how?

  • What an odd feature to be missing... this has to be bugging some Apple engineers, too. May 10, 2012 at 13:53

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There is unfortunately no way to do this on a situational basis. My suggestion would be to just set it to immediately and get used to entering in your passcode every time. It'll be a habit before you know it!

  • Any update on that by now?
    – matt
    Dec 23, 2017 at 13:32

Turning the iOS device off will require a passcode to be entered no matter the timeout value if you have one other than requiring the passcode immediately upon locking.

You can also utility any of the "Find my iPhone" or MDM tools that allow remote locking of the device, but these are often not feasible and much more time and work than simply powering off the device or rebooting it.

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    I've upvoted this because it's technically a correct answer, but I've accepted the other one because it's the solution that I'll probably wind up using.
    – Steve V.
    Feb 28, 2012 at 3:42

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