Questions tagged [screen-lock]

Describes a time where the screen of a device is powered off. There may be background processes running, but they aren't visible to the user. Typically a hardware button must be pressed to deactivate the screen lock.

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Is there a quick way to lock my Mac?

On Windows you can hit the keys Windows+L to lock your computer if you step away. I don't want to have to remember if sleep currently asks for a password, if there is a time out where my screen isn't ...
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Lock Screen Command One-Liner

I'm trying to find out whether there is any kind of equivalent command line one-liner which replicates the exact identical functionality of the 'Lock Screen' menu option available via the Keychain app ...
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Is there a similarly fast alternative to Crtl + Shift + Eject for new Macbook that lack eject keys?

The new MacBook Air and Pro without optical drives lack an Eject key. I use Ctrl + Shift + Eject a lot to put my display to sleep at the simple press of three keys. Without the Eject key being there ...
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macOS High Sierra 10.13 briefly flashes screen content last seen before locking the screen when awaken

On macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, when I manually lock the screen (shift+ctrl+power) and later press any key to turn it on, the screen content which was shown at the time I locked the screen is briefly ...
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How do I lock my screen without making it sleep on macOS 10.11.3?

I tried control+shift+power button as well as command+shift+power button. Neither seem to work.
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How to lock screen on MacBook Air?

I know this has been asked many times (Is there a similarly fast alternative to Crtl + Shift + Eject for new Macbook that lack eject keys?) but the hotkey combination does not work on my MacBook Air ...
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Screen turns off when I move my MacBook when it is on the sleeve

I've noticed that when my laptop is on its sleeve and I slide my laptop on it the screen goes black. This doesn't happen when I have the laptop on my lap. Its consistently reproducible. It's somewhat ...
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Using AppleScript to lock screen

I need an applescript which locks my Mac in the same way pressing shift+ctrl+eject would. I tried two different approaches, but both failed. The first one was to search the internet for a script, ...
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Lock Mac without turning off the screen

I have observed that the screen on my MacBook Pro turns off a few seconds after I activate lock screen. Is there any way to keep the screen of my MacBook Pro on for an unlimited duration of time ...
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How to prevent Cisco AnyConnect from disconnecting when locking screen

My Mac Book pro with 10.11.2 has this annoying feature that it disconnects Cisco AnyConnect VPN every time I lock the screen. I found some instructions on how to prevent Wi-Fi disconnection when ...
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Prevent shutting down iPhone when passcode lock is on

If my iPhone is stolen and the thief shut the phone down, I wouldn't be able to locate it anymore. Is it possible to disable the possibility to shut down the phone when a passcode lock is set up?
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|OSX 10.10.5] Script execution stops when screen locked?

I was running a script that takes ages in Terminal. I wanted to run it unsupervised while I was working away from my MacBook, so I chose from the menu (top right) username > Login Window..., which is ...
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How can I change the lock screen background image in Lion 10.7.4?

With Lion, I know that, in order to change the lock screen background image, I have to change /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/Resources/NSTexturedFullScreenBackgroundColor....
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Is there anyway to lock an iphone to avoid my toddler from leaving his video? [duplicate]

I have a toddler iphone app that plays short videos. He loves it and its great to give to him in the car, etc but the one issue is that he keeps hitting the home button and i have to start the app up ...
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How can I unlock my screen when my input is in a different language?

I have 3 languages installed and everytime my MacBook goes to sleep - the screen is being locked. After entering a password, system says that it's incorrect. It appears, that I'm entering password not ...
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Can I show a 24-Hour clock on my Mac's Lock Screen?

I just got a MacBook Pro, and different from my iMac is that I'll be using the lock-screen much more on this one. I noticed that in the upper right corner of the lock screen, the time is shown, but ...
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Can I add personal info to my iPod touch's lock screen?

My dad just got a new iPod Touch, and he'd like to add his personal info to the lock screen. If possible, how do I do this (without jailbreaking)?
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iPhone 5 iOS7: Prevent screen from locking during voice call

This seems like a simple feature that must exist, yet I can't find it in settings or by googling. I want this behavior: The screen should never lock while I'm on a voice call, no matter how long I'm ...
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Disable screen lock when in certain location

Is there a way to disable the screen lock on my Mac, only when certain conditions are met? I'm looking for a way to have it stop locking when connected my home network (i.e. at home)
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How are “emergency calls” restricted?

An "Emergency" link on my iOS 7 lock screen goes to a phone dial page that says "Emergency call". What are the restrictions on this page? Can anyone use my iPhone to dial out? Does it only work with ...
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Why does High Sierra quit all my programs when I lock and close the laptop?

After installing High Sierra, whenever I lock and close my MacBook Pro (2015), all my programs have quit once I open it again. Chrome will often show an "unexpectedly closed" message, which seems to ...
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scheduled account lock Mac OS X

You can set your Mac OS X account to automatically lock the screen so that the password is required after a certain amount of time of inactivity, but can you do the same thing using a schedule (say at ...
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Keyboard shortcut to lock the screen on macOS 10.14 Mojave?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to lock the screen on macOS 10.14 Mojave like Command + L or something easy without setting up Hot Corners/Spaces etc. The app Lock Me Now used to work fine till maOS ...
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Password lock for shut down screen

I just got my iPhone stolen and the first thing they did was shut it off. I have a new iPhone and I noticed you have to slide it to power off. Yes, I had no idea. I owned my last phone three weeks. My ...
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How can I show the login window after a period of inactivity?

How can I make my Mac display the login screen (as though I'd selected "Login window" from the fast user switching menu) after the session has been idle for a certain time? I can make it log out ...
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Locked out of my Mac?

Recently when I was on my Mac I had turned off Bluetooth accidentally when I had meant to turn the WiFi off and back on (the WiFi was acting up). I logged off when I had to get off. And since my Mac ...
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Login or unlock screen on a Mac using an NFC tag?

Does OSX have support for unlocking the screen (or logging in) using a NFC or RFID tag? The ACS ACR122T USB NFC dongle (a PC/SC device) seems to have working OSX drivers, but no software suite for ...
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Any way to tell apart macOS versions by the login screen or lock screen?

Is there any way to tell apart macOS versions by quick or close inspection of the login screen or lock screen? Knowing this would speed up macOS identification if (for example, only High Sierra shows ...
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How to Show Apple Wallet without Apple Pay — Boarding Passes Only (iOS 10)

In Australia, Apple Pay is not widely supported, so the credit card facility is not of much use at this time. On the other hand, the two major domestic airlines certainly support Apple Wallet with ...
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iOS 9 Removing Camera Access From Lock Screen [duplicate]

Some guy took my Son's iPhone and took 1,200 photos within 12 minutes. He was able to use the camera from the lock screen without having access to the locked phone. These photos completely wiped our ...
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MacOS 10.13.4 Cannot turn off lock screen in system preferences

I guess since up 'upgraded' to 10.13.4 I get a login screen if I leave my MacBook air alone for the briefest time. This is a real pain in the neck. In system preferences the this statement is checked:...
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Is there any way to lock the Lock/Unlock settings?

I've got an iPad mini 4, running iOS 10.3.3. When you head to the Settings > Display & Brightness, you can set if you want the iPad to lock when you close the cover/press the power button, as ...
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How to detect locked screen / login-session from a script?

I am looking a way for a script (either bash or AppleScript, doesn't matter) to detect whether the state of the screen or the user login session is locked or not (i.e. the user will need to type in ...
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Add a persistent message to iPhone main lock screen

I am looking for ways to have a permanent custom message/note on the primary lock screen on iOS 10+ Have tried Lock Screen Note which does it via push notification, but problem is that as soon as I ...
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How can I make reminders appear on my lock screen?

I just upgraded to iOS 10, and I see that there's a Reminders widget on my lock screen. I added a couple of test reminders to the Reminders app, but they don't appear on my lock screen. If I touch the ...
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MacBook Air: Close lid and lock features

I wonder if there is some way to customize the lock screen feature of my MacBook Air (running Mountain Lion) in such a way that: 1: When I close the lid, and then open it, the screen is not locked (...
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When locking screen on OS X Chrome cancels downloads

When I lock my screen using cmdalteject while Chrome is downloading, the download is canceled. I get back to my computer and see that download is not active. I also noticed that video streams I'm ...
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Disable Screen Sleep AppleScript

Is there a way to turn screen sleeping on and off temporarily through AppleScript? I'm making a script at the moment that will run for a few minutes when I'm away, so I don't want it to sleep, but don'...
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Manually lock screen

I would like to lock the computer when not at home but leave the computer unlocked at home. If I choose to lock the Mac after the screen saver starts I can lock it with control+shift+power but then ...
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Lost iPad doesn't connect to WiFi

A family member's iPad 2 (WiFi), which is connected to my old Apple ID has been locked with a message that says she has to pay $30 to someone online. I said not to pay and I went online, logged into ...
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How can I reduce the delay when locking the sceen on a MBPr?

So with a little research I found that control+shift+fn+power replaces the old control+shift+eject on keyboards without eject keys. However I find I have to hold the keys longer for it to work, ...
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Require password to wake computer by specific condition

I'd like to require password to wake my Macbook Air running Mavericks when it is not in my home. So if it was not connected to my home wifi, then I'd like it to require password to wake from sleep ...
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Is it possible to remove Emergency call feature on the lock screen?

Is it possible to remove this feature? It's really annoying when you miss-click on it. Since my iPhone lags a lot this happens too often. iOS version: 4.2.1 iPhone: 3G
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Prevent Adium logout when locking screen on OSX 10.8.2

Since upgrading to OSX 10.8.2 from 10.6.x I find that when I lock the screen Adium logs out. Upon unlocking screen Adium logs back in. It used to just set to away when screen locked and I have ...
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Can I lock my screen with a keyboard shortcut? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a quick way to lock my Mac? I'm running OS X 10.7.3 Currently I've found what looks like 2 possible solutions: Hot corner(s) setup in the "Desktop & Screen ...
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How can I increase spotify lock screen controls duration after pause?

While playing Spotify on my iPod Touch I have got some controls over the player on my lock-screen. I have to pause the player a lot and wish I could play the songs instantly after some time again. ...
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Why Does My MBA Close All My Apps After 5 Mins Idle?

Sometimes if I walk away from my MBA without locking the screen and I return I'll be faced with a login screen. Once I login all my apps I had open are now closed. Sometimes I'll close my MBA lid and ...
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waking up from locked screen with just keyboard

I'm on OS X 10.9.5. I do not like using mouse/trackpad, and mostly work with keyboard only. One annoying thing is that when the OS is locked (screen lock) and the power saving for the monitor is ...
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Password dialog box differs between Macs

I upgraded a Mac in my lab (23" iMac) to Lion. My MacBook Pro (mid 2007) is running Mountain Lion. For some reason the iMac is showing a different user password screen than my MBP - I can't figure out ...
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Avoid iPhone lock on iPod sleep

Is there a way to prevent the iPhone from locking when "Sleep iPod" is activated as a timer? I have this alarm clock app (SleepCycle) that needs to be running on an unlocked iPhone to pick up ...