iPad Lockscreen - remove?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Piggie, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    OMG, I find the iPad lock screen so dam annoying.

    On a mobile phone, yes, sure I can understand having a lock screen, but why do we need one (or one we can't turn off) on a tablet?

    Doing my Christmas card list and as I'm writing cards and addresses, the iPad turns off, which is fine, then I have to press the button and swipe to bloody lock screen again.

    I don't need or want a lock screen when I'm using a device at home.

  2. warghh macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    You can remove it ... It's under settings --> General --> Passcode lock
  3. Frosticus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2010
    Bristol, UK
  4. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010

    I don't have any password set.

    That's fine, but I still want to screen to turn off automatically after a short time to save battery.

    So how do I get it to turn the screen off after a short preset time, but when I press the home button I'm straight back at the home screen or the app I was lust running, without having to do the stupid swipe screen first?

    That's what I'm after, screen goes off, but no swipe screen when I press the home button.
  5. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2011

    As far as I know, the only way to do that is to jailbreak the iPad and install the "no lock screen app". I don't think you can do it to an unjailbroken iPad.
  6. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I guess you are right.

    I just don't know why some crazy person at Apple seems to think everyone will always want a lock screen on a tablet for personal indoor use.

    A double layer entry into the device.

    All other household items you just turn on and they work, and you should at least have this option for a tablet, Unlike a phone which will probably always be taken out and about and in your pocket, a tablet for many may just be a home item and it's just an irritation to have this silly front end extra screen to you have to get past, every single time you pick the device up.

    Come on Apple, give us an option to turn it off.
  7. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Doesn't a Smart Cover (or any third party case which includes the required magnet) bypass the lock screen?
  8. TwoScoops macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
  9. darngooddesign, Dec 19, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2011

    darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Yes, any smart cover style case will bypass the lockscreen.


    The double action solves the issue of accidental unlock. If you have it in a bag or backpack it would be possible for another object to depress the power button, and without the swipe your iPad would turn on in your bag.

    I agree that there should be a way to toggle the lockscreen, but there is a reason for it.

    As I said above, buy the smartcover if this really bothers you.
  10. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    I agree, it's unnecessary. On a phone, yes. I remember my first smartphones didn't have a lock screen and yep, I "butt" dialed many times. What a pleasure and relief it was to finally get one.

    But on the iPad, I only set a passcode when I take it out of the house. When it's in my home having to slide to unlock every time I pick it up is an annoyance. I do wish I could disable it.
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Actually, any magnet will do. Take magnet, move it along the edge where the smart cover magnets are, until the screen shuts down. Move it away, and the iPad wakes up. Once you know where the "switch" is, you can swipe a magnet over that spot on a sleeping device, and it should wake up and go straight back to whatever you were doing.
  12. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Not on the iPad1 it does not!

    I think we all agree, a lockscreen with optional password is a great idea for travelling and/or on the move usage.

    But for indoors and only personal use, I think we can mostly all agree there is no need to have a lock screen for ever single time you pick it up of if the screen goes blank and you wish to look at it again.

    The annoying thing is it would be so so very simple to just have a lockscreen on/off setting we could select. It's just a simple thing, I'm surprised they have not thought to include it.
  13. TheSuperSteve macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2011
    Puerto Rico
    Either buy an iPad 2 with a Smart Cover, Jailbreak your iPad and forcefully remove the lock screen or learn to get used to the lock screen. Those are your only options.

    My opinion is irrelevant to your issue but lock screens have never bothered me. I do understand why you would hate it though. My dad is tech illiterate and he has trouble unlocking his android phone sometimes.
  14. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009

    While a Smart Cover is not a solution for an iPad 1, it does show that Apple have already thought about this problem and provided a solution. It would be cool if they provided a software option for older iPads but I wouldn't count on it happening.
  15. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    I too was using the iPad as my address book (opened a Word Doc in Mail Preview to view a list of addresses) and I can agree with the annoyance of the lock screen.

    See, I was using a Smart Cover too. but i was using it to hold the iPad up at an angle for easier reading. So, the idea of flipping it around was just as annoying.
    I think this as an option would be great. there are plenty of times I'd love no lock screen (and might be using the cover as a stand.
  16. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    It's not a case of being difficult to do, I just find it annoying to have an unnecessary step placed in my way.

    An Analogy:

    It would be like having an Apple back door to your house that automatically locked every single time you stepped outside.
    Great idea for when you are going shopping or away for the day, but if you are just going to hang some laundry out, or getting the watering can, so every single time, you wanted to come back in you had to unlock the door again, even it it was just a pass code, you'd get so dam fed up with it, and say change this stupid lock so at least I can turn off the automatic locking feature when I'm around the house.

    If I had an iPad2 I would never in a million years buy the smart cover. A 3rd party version perhaps, but never the ridiculous Apple version.
    And anyway, I should not have to purchase a $30? accessory for something which should just be a option under settings.

    The iPad is not a mobile phone and does not need the same things set.
  17. Simon421 macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2012
    I just bought the IPad 3, my first Ipad, and I can't believe they didn't added an option "unlock by swipe" that I could disable.

    It is so stupid. IPad is not a phone, most users keep it indoors where the swipe screen is useless. How can Apple people don't get that after 3 versions ??
  18. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

    Peter Harrison

    Dec 24, 2009
    You can disable it. As explained in this thread. I find the lock screen with swipe useful. You don't. Apple have allowed us to choose the settings we want for this feature. Don't want it? Disable it. Simple.
  19. Simon421, Apr 8, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2012

    Simon421 macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2012
    Any rational issue not to add the swipe unlock option ? Let's see :

    - implementation is heavy. Wrong as it is already done with the smart cover behaviour.

    - that would mess the option menu. Wrong as it would be used by most of the users. And Apple already added the option to disable the cover lock, which doesn't really make sense ...

    - Some Apple boss thinks the swipe screen is some kind of "brand signature" for IOS. I am afraid this is it.
  20. Simon421 macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2012
    I don't see in this thread any way to disable it.

    There is only 3 options in IOS 5.1 :
    - removing the autolock duration: no I want to keep it
    - passcode lock: it is even worse than sweeping
    - ipad cover lock : ... who would need to disable that one?

    Did I miss something ?
  21. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    I agree, and I have nolockscreen on my jailbroken iPad. Love it! The lock screen is pointless.
  22. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Well, I've pressed the sleep/wake button by mistake while carrying around my iPad, and if not for the lock screen, I would have touched some icon or other and launched an app and made inadvertent changes I didn't want. So no, I don't think the lock screen is entirely pointless. What would be nice is if they moved the slider to the side, since that is usually where my thumb is when holding the iPad, so I could just slide to unlock with my thumb without moving my hand.
  23. yegon, Apr 8, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2012

    yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    No, you CAN'T disable it without jail breaking. Auto lock - never just prevents the screen from sleeping itself.

    Turn it off then on again and the swipe is still there.
  24. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    Never been a problem for me, since I have a case to keep me from touching the screen accidentally in the rare even that I turn it on accidentally.

    I can see the case for not doing away with it altogether, but would a setting to disable it be so hard? It's SO nice to not have to swipe every single freaking time I turn my iPad on. Just one of the little annoyances jailbreaking allows you to get rid of.
  25. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    Is it really that big a deal to press the home button and swipe? Set autolock to never, then you won't have to press home and swipe that often. It'll run your battery down quicker, but that's the sacrifice you make for not having to do the dreaded swipe to unlock task.

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