How to lock screen on iPhone 11

Late in 2019, Apple Inc. released the iPhone 11 in six colors. Upon reviews, it was lauded for its extensive battery life and its camera. Apple bragged about their new A13 Bionic chip which they had used on the iPhone 11 – it was their quickest processor yet. The two other models simultaneously released with the iPhone 11 were the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max which more or less have the same features and shortcuts.

Among the features that the gadget came with was its Lock Screen ability. It’s paramount for every user to learn how to lock the screen on their iPhone 11. This prevents against data theft should your phone get stolen and it also protects again mishaps like pocket dials.

See also: How to factory reset iPhone 11

Locking your screen

Turn on the screen by lightly touching the side knob.

Then move your finger from the bottom of the screen towards the top.

If your iPhone 11 doesn’t have a passcode, your home page will appear.

Click on Settings, and then scroll down to Display and Brightness before tapping on the Auto-Lock icon.

Under Auto-Lock, you will find a selection of pre-set time-lapses for you to choose from. These range from 30 seconds to Never. This is the duration of time in which your screen will go off or lock if there’s no contact on your phone screen. It will lock and will require unlocking if it has a passcode or Face ID.

It’s highly advised to avoid choosing the Never option.

Creating a passcode

To create a passcode on your iPhone 11, go to Settings.

Scroll down and select Face ID & Passcode.

Under this section, click on ‘Turn passcode on’ and then enter and re-enter a 6-digit code.

It will take a few seconds to process this before the screen takes you back to Settings.

To try out your new lock screen feature, go back to the home screen and put the phone to sleep with the side knob.

Now, prompt it back awake by pressing on the side knob again and then sliding your finger from the bottom towards the top of the screen. This time, you will be requested to put in your passcode to access your home screen.

Guided Access

For a more detailed and thorough lock screen procedure that locks your screen but also gives the user access to some areas, you can set up the Guided Access feature on your iPhone 11.

To start, go to Settings, then Accessibility and then scroll down to tap on the Guided Access.

Click on it to move the toggle to the right and turn it on.

Next, go back to the home screen and open the app that you want to use during the Guided Access session. Click the side knob three times in quick succession, it’ll bring you a list of options among them Guided Access. Tap on it to activate the mode.

The screen automatically shrinks in size to signify the change. You’ll see an ‘Options’ button at the bottom left. Choose it to customize your Guided Access session.

With this feature, you can select areas of the screen that you want to lock during the application’s usage. Simply tap on the ‘Start’ button at the top and put in your passcode to activate it.

To end the Guided Access session, click the side knob three times again, put in your passcode and press ‘End’.

Please note that if you are using a Face ID in place of a Passcode to authorize the Guided Access, then you will tap on the side knob two times instead of three.

Now, depending on the level of restrictions you want to put on your iPhone 11, you can play around with all the options above.

The Guided Access, in particular, is for when you’re voluntarily giving your phone to another party but you want to keep them out of the apps that don’t necessarily concern them.