How to disable automatic screen lock in Ubuntu Linux

disable automatic screen lock in Ubuntu Linux

If you have noticed, when you step away from your Ubuntu desktop for a short while it will automatically lock the screen to prevent others from accessing your files or programs. This is a great feature that is included for security reasons to prevent unauthorized access. Since Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is a test server, it becomes annoying to me as it continues to automatically lock. PLEASE do not do this to your production server. On how to disable screen lock on Windows, see the following guides. How to disable Lock Screen on Windows 10 via Local Group Policy Editor, and how to disable Lock Screen on Windows 10 via Registry Editor, and how to remove your login password from the Sign-in Screen (lock screen) and re-enable Sign-in Screen.

For a more extensive article on how this can be done on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and how this can be achived using the dconf Editor, please refer to the following guide."Disable blank screen: How to disable automatic screen lock on Ubuntu Desktop with the GUI and dconf Editor"

Disabling automatic screen lock in Ubuntu

To do this, click on the show application at the bottom left of the screen
– And click on settings Or follow these steps by clicking on the icon on the top-right menu as shown below
– And click on settings.

Click on settings

Either of the above methods will launch the Settings Window. Next, navigate to Privacy as shown below.

Navigate to privacy

This will open the Privacy window as shown below
– Click on Screen Lock and on the right pane of the window. (Clicking on the Screen Lock will display the option to disable. Tick the button to OFF to disable as shown below)

Click on Screen lock

Select the settings that apply to you.
– In my case, I have decided to disable all the features as shown below.

Disable automatic Screen Lock and other settings

Exit and you’re done. Now if your computer is idle or you step away for a very long time, your computer will never lock its screen again.

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