Mac Lock Screen Settings

A new System Settings panel in macOS Ventura gives you control over when your Mac locks and what appears on the Lock Screen. It is important to review these settings and set them up to be as secure as possible for your situation.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Mac Lock Screen Settings”

    Robert Gramling
    1 year ago

    Good Morning Gary...
    MBP M1pro chip.Ventura up to date. I am the only user. It never leaves the house. Is there a setting for leaving it on/accessible until I shut it off or put it to sleep by design, and can then turn it on/wake it with just the finger print, ie. no pass word sign in? THX Again Bob

    1 year ago

    Robert: Sure, you can set it up like that if you really want. I wouldn't set it to "Never" go to sleep though. If you forget to manually put it to sleep it will sit there for hours or overnight with the screen on using power and using the screen for no reason. Especially if you have Touch ID, since it is so easy to just touch that and wake it up and login. You shouldn't be asked for a password unless too much time has elapsed or you have shut down. And don't shut down, almost never. See: https://macmost.com/a-beginners-guide-to-whether-to-shut-down-or-sleep-your-mac.html

    Daniel
    1 year ago

    If you lock your screen, either manually or if it locks automatically, will downloads or things like exporting iMovie projects still operate? Iā€™m always hesitant to lock the screen when things are working in the background in case they stop working.

    1 year ago

    Daniel: No, it should keep working when the screen it locked. Try it and see. When you are curious about something like this, it is always a good idea to give it a try, experiment.

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