iPad Cover Lock/Unlock feature missing?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by baummer, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. baummer macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2005
    Southern California
    According to Apple's iPad 2 OS 4.3 manual I got from iBooks, it says that you can activate the iPad Cover Lock/Unlock by accessing Settings > General > iPad Cover Lock/Unlock (page 342). I don't see this option on my 16GB WiFi only iPad 2. Am I missing something?
  2. wherewuz macrumors member


    Mar 14, 2011
    The option only shows up once you've actually put a Smart Cover on your iPad, which it doesn't look like you have.
  3. baummer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2005
    Southern California
    Strange. I have a case that advertises this feature, but it isn't working. Guess the case manufacturer lied - although others with this case have reported it works. Must be a defect with my particular case. Thanks!
  4. DickW macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2007
    Cover lock gotcha

    I tried the iPad cover and decided against it. Later, I discovered my iPad2 was eating batteries because it wasn't turning off when the top button was pushed. Was about to take it to Apple when I discovered the cover lock function was still turned on. Turning it off resets the top button function.

  5. boshii, Apr 22, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011

    boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    That's false.

    EDIT: I may be wrong about this. My iPad 2 is in Developer mode so that may have enabled it.
    The setting should be there. Did you by chance have an iPad 1? Maybe restoring from backup removed the option from settings. That's my only idea.
  6. dpmbeliever macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011
    New York, New York
    I had my iPad2 for a week before buying a red leather smart cover... I can confirm that the setting never showed up until I attached the smart cover to the iPad2. :apple:
  7. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    I wonder if you can stick magnets to it in order to turn that feature on?
  8. caubeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    The setting doesn't appear until there's contact with a cover. However maybe a magnet can do the same thing? Mine appeared after contact with a cover at a store.
  9. thibaulthalpern macrumors regular

    May 2, 2008
    East Coast, USA
    I would never have known the option wouldn't come up until a Smart Cover has once been used on it. When I got my iPad 2, I immediately tried on the SmartCover before turning on the iPad 2.
  10. alau0115 macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2009
    Markham, ON, Canada
    Hope people don't mind me reviving this old post....

    Is it safe to assume in order to get the "Smart Cover Unlock/Lock" switch under the "General" setting, you have to at least attach an Apple Smart Cover?

    I have it missing in both of my new iPad (3) devices. One is straight out of the box and the other one had the backup of a previous iPad 1 restored.

    In a local store today, I find the button is there for the new iPads.

    However, if I attach a 3rd party cover which supports Automatic Sleep On/Off feature, it works though. What is bothering me is there is no way to turn it off. (assume even a 3rd cover can be disabled with that "Smart Cover Unlock/Lock" button)
  11. Geeks On Hugs macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2012
    San Francisco
    It uses magic not magnets. Well same difference.

    Hah, I just got a cover yesterday and noticed that. Pretty cool for it to show up like that in any case.
  12. Kissel macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2012
    --- Post Merged, Aug 8, 2016 ---
    Yes, you CAN use a magnet. I just tried it on an iPad 2 upgraded to iOS 9 where the "Lock / Unlock" toggle was missing in Settings. As soon as I ran the magnet over the right side of the iPad, it locked, and when I went into settings, the option was there.
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    This threads 4 years old!

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