How Do I Keep My iPad From Going To Sleep?

Last Updated on January 10, 2023 by Ernests Embutnieks

iPads nowadays act as wonderful supplementary and primary devices. You may be using your iPad as a second display for your Macbook or you may be using it as your primary video editing workstation. 

In either case, it can be quite annoying to have your iPad go to sleep or go through random restarts and crashes, thereby disrupting your workflow. Therefore, in this article, we’re going to go over how you can keep your iPad screen on constantly and prevent it from sleeping.

Step #1: Disable Auto-Lock

Auto-Lock is used to turn your display off after it has not been touched or used for an extended period of time. By turning it off, you’ll be able to keep your iPad screen on indefinitely. Here’s how you can disable Auto-Lock:

how do i prevent ipad from going to sleep
  • Open the Settings application on your iPad
  • Now, select Display & Brightness
  • After doing so, select Auto-Lock 
  • Change Auto-Lock to Never

After doing so, you won’t be plagued with your display just turning off regardless of whether you touch your iPad’s display or not. Do note though, if you use your iPad as a secondary display, you do not need to disable Auto-Lock as your iPad’s screen.

Step #2: Disable Automatic Software Updates

If you’ve ever used a Windows machine, you’d have already realized how annoying it is to be constantly plagued with software updates that seem to have a mind of their own. In the middle of an important download, you’ll often see your PC restarting only for it to succumb to a software update.

While it is very rare for a situation like this to occur with Apple devices since they don’t tend to force updates, Here’s how you can disable Automatic Software Updates on an iPad:

  • Open the Settings application on your iPad
  • After doing so, select General
  • Now, head to Software Update
  • Select Automatic Updates
  • Now, disable Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates

Step #3: Charge Your iPad Up

Sadly, iPads don’t run infinitely. And, you’ll need to charge them up to keep your iPad screen up and running. There are two ways we recommend charging up your iPad, both of which are suitable for particular situations:

Method #1: Wired Charging

Wired charging’s fairly simple and what you’ve been doing for a while. Simply identify the charger that works with your iPad’s wattage and then insert the USB-C cable to your iPad and subsequently connect it to your charger.

If all goes well, your iPad will start charging, and you will be able to use it indefinitely. 

Method #2: Wireless Charging

Wireless charging? Huh?! The iPad doesn’t support wireless charging, right? Well, yes and no. The iPad does not support wireless charging out of the box. But, there are a few that dare and create something unique.

And, with Pitaka’s MagEZ Case Pro for the iPad Pro 3rd, 4th gen (11-inch) & 5th, 6th gen (12.9-inch) you’ll be able to charge your iPad wirelessly. The included PigtaFlow charger simply magnetically connects to your case and you’ll be able to immediately enjoy fast and stable wireless charging.

The unique advantage of this particular charging solution is you’ll still be able to charge your Apple Pencil and use your Magic Keyboard as well. I’ve personally used this case on my desk and its quite convenient to not need to go into connecting and disconnecting cables in my workstation.

So, I can just remove the wireless charger, and take the iPad on the go. And, when I really need to dock it in and ensure that my iPad’s screen is on, the wireless charging solution is there for the rescue.


Keeping your iPad on constantly has turned into a necessity for those who wish to really use the iPad as a workstation and a replacement alternative for their laptop. Thankfully, with innovative products such as the Pitaka MagEZ Case Pro, you’ll be able to experience hinder-free charging and usage in no time. 

MagEZ Case Pro

iPad Case that will allow charging your iPad Wirelessly

Compatible with:

  • 12.9 inch iPad Pro 2022 (6th Gen)
  • 12.9 inch iPad Pro 2021 (5th Gen)
  • 11 inch iPad Pro 2022 (4th Gen)
  • 11 inch iPad Pro 2021(3rd Gen)
MagEZ Stand for Tablets

Magnetic stand for iPad with Qi Wireless charging base

Compatible with:

  • (MagEZ Charging Stand) Use with MagEZ Case Pro for iPad Pro 2022/2021 and iPad mini 6
  • (MagEZ Stand) Use with MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro/Air 2018/2020/2021/2022


Why Does my iPad Screen Keep Turning Off?

Your iPad screen keeps turning off if you haven’t disabled Auto Lock. You can change this setting by heading to Display & Brightness and adjusting it accordingly.

Does Keeping My iPad On Constantly Harm The Screen?

No, keeping your iPad constantly does not harm your screen. However, we do recommend turning it off whenever you aren’t using it to preserve its overall battery life.

Will My Screen Work If I Keep It On Constantly?

Yes, you won’t run into any issues if your screen stays on constantly. Displays are meant to work for a long time. However, keep adjusting your display if you have an AMOLED / miniLED panel as those can experience burn-in.

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I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.