How to Fix iPhone That Won’t Go Into Sleep Mode

Apple iPhone has its own problems that may ruin your day. In fact, a lot of iPhone users have been reporting that their iPhone won’t go to sleep mode. There are many causes that prevent your iPhone from entering sleep mode. One of them is that there is a bug or glitch that won’t let your device go to the mode. 

If you are one of those users who have been affected by the issue, rest assured that we have all of the possible fixes in the section below. Before we begin, try updating your iPhone to the latest iOS firmware update. If the problem persists, read on to find out more. 

Method 1: Check Your Auto-Lock Settings

One of the first possible fixes is to check your auto-lock settings. In fact, Apple iPhone has a built-in auto-lock feature that allows you to choose a time frame after which your iPhone automatically goes to sleep. If you have previously set the option to Never, your device will stay awake until you press the power button. 

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  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Select Display & Brightness
  3. Tap Auto-Lock.
  4. Once you are in if you have set the option to Never, select another option and quit the Settings.
  5. Now check if the problem is fixed. 

Method 2: Make Sure Attention Aware is now Turned Off

If changing auto-lock settings does not help, try checking Attention Aware settings to make sure it’s not enabled. For those who may not know, Attention Aware is a cool feature that keeps your iPhone awake as long as you are still looking at the screen. This feature is only available on the iPhone X or later. 

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Face ID & Passcode.
  3. Turn off the switch for Attention Aware Features.

Method 3: Disable AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch has been out there for years, providing users with a cool option to adjust volume, lock your screen, use multi-finger gestures, and restart your device without relying on the physical buttons. Some iPhone users confirmed that turning off AssistiveTouch fixed an iPhone that won’t go to sleep. 

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone and then select Accessibility.
  2. Select Touch and tap AssistiveTouch.
  3. Now toggle off the switch for AssistiveTouch.

Method 4: Turn Off Raise to Wake

Raise to Wake will turn on your iPhone’s screen if it detects your device is lifted. However, it may prevent your device from going to sleep. In this case, try turning it off if you have it on. Here are the steps;

  1. Open Settings and then select Display & Brightness.
  2. Turn off the switch for Raise to Wake.

Method 5: Force Restart Your iPhone

If none of the above solutions works, try performing a force restart. Doing so should fix some software-related problems. The steps to restart your iPhone will depend on what model you have. Here are the steps:

For iPhone 8 or later, 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button and then press and release the Volume Down button.
  2. Press and hold the Power button.
  3. Keep the Power button pressed until you see the Apple logo.

For iPhone 7 or earlier,

  1. Press and hold the Power button and Volume Down button at the same time.
  2. Keep those buttons pressed until you see the Apple logo.

IPhone SE (1st gen) or earlier,

  1. Press and hold the Power button and Home button.
  2. Keep holding those buttons until you see the Apple logo.

Method 6: Reset Your iPhone

The last hope for success is to reset your iPhone. Performing a reset will erase all settings and data on your iPhone. You will need to set up your device from scratch when it’s done. So, make sure you have a recent backup of your phone before proceeding. It’s also recommended to turn off Find My iPhone before you attempt to factory reset your device. 

  1. Launch the Settings app, then select General and hit Reset.
  2. Select Erase All Content & Settings
  3. Tap on Erase Now and you will be asked to enter Screen Time Passcode if you have set one before.
  4. Now tap Erase iPhone and confirm by entering your Apple ID password. 
  5. Tap on Erase from the top right corner. 
  6. Your device will take several minutes to wipe all settings and data. Once it’s done, you will see the setup screen. 

Method 7: Apple Support

If nothing is fixed, contact Apple and ask for support. You can visit on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and follow the on-screen instructions to contact Apple support. 

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