By default, OneDrive locks Personal Vault after 20 minutes of inactivity. But if you want to change the OneDrive Personal Vault lock time in Windows 11/10, this post from MiniTool can satisfy your needs.

OneDrive Personal Vault helps you protect your confidential files with an extra layer of security. Whether you’re using OneDrive on a Windows PC, a browser, or a mobile device, you can use Personal Vault to password-protect your important or private documents.

Personal Vault automatically locks after a period of inactivity, and then you need to unlock it to access your files again. By default, your Personal Vault is automatically locked after 20 minutes of inactivity. You will be notified 5 minutes before Personal Vault is automatically locked. You can choose to automatically lock your Personal Vault after 20 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or 4 hours of inactivity.

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How to change OneDrive Personal Vault lock time? Here are 2 ways for you.

Way 1: Via the OneDrive Application

The first way for you to change Personal Vault lock time in OneDrive is via the OneDrive application. Here is how to do that:

Step 1: Right-click the OneDrive icon on your taskbar to choose the Help & Settings icon.

Step 2: Choose the Settings option.

Step 3: Go to the Account part, then find the Lock Personal Vault after: option. Click the drop-down menu to change Personal Vault lock time in OneDrive.

change Personal Vault lock time in OneDrive

Way 2: Via Registry Editor

The second method for you to change OneDrive Personal Vault lock time is via Registry Editor. Follow the below guide:

Step 1: Press the Windows key and the R key at the same time to open the Run dialog.

Step 2: Type regedit and then press Enter to open Registry Editor. You’ll be prompted for permission and please click Yes to open it.

Step 3: Go to the following path:


go to the path

Step 4: Right-click OneDrive > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it as VaultInactivityTimeout.

Step 5: Then, double-click the VaultInactivityTimeout value. You can change the value data to the following and click OK.

  • 1 hour: 1
  • 2 hours: 2
  • 4 hours: 4

change the value data

Note: If you want to reset this setting, open Registry Editor and navigate to the same path. Then, double-click the VaultInactivityTimeout REG_DWORD value and set the Value data as 0. Then, click the OK button.

Is OneDrive Personal Vault Free?

If you are a subscriber of OneDrive’s 100 GB plan or basic 5GB free account, you can only store a maximum of three files. If you have a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription, in Personal Vault but can store many more files.


Note: OneDrive Personal Vault is not available for organizational accounts like school or work.

Thus, if you want to store more files securely, you can try to back up your files locally. To do that, a piece of great backup software is here – MiniTool ShadowMaker. It supports setting up the password for your backups and you can choose the encrypt methods based on your needs.

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