How to enable or disable Auto Locks on Ford F-150

Why do my doors lock when I start driving? Why do all the doors unlock when I open my door? Your car has a few features that automatically lock or unlock all of your doors.

Autolock will lock all of your doors when your vehicle is moving and reaches a preset speed, and Auto Unlock will unlock all of the doors when the car is turned off and the driver’s door is opened.


Don’t worry. If you’d rather choose when to lock or unlock your doors, you can turn off either or both features at any time.

  1. First, you’ll need to access programming mode. Turn the car on, press the car unlock button three times.
  2. Turn the car off, press the unlock button three more times and turn the car on again. You’ll hear a chirp to let you know you’ve entered the programming mode.
  3. To turn Auto Lock on or off, press the door unlock button, then the door lock button. The horn will chirp once if Autolock was turned off. Or twice, (one short chirp, and one long chirp) if Autolock was turned on.
  4. To turn Auto Unlock on or off, follow the steps to enter the programming mode. Then press the door lock button and then the door unlock button. The horn will chirp once, if Auto Unlock was turned off. Or twice (one short chirp and one long chirp), if Auto Unlock was turned on.

Instrument Cluster Method

The more easy way to enable or disable auto locks is from the F-150’s instrument cluster menu.

  1. Using steering arrow buttons, go to “Settings”.
  2. Then go to “Advanced Settings”.
  3. Next select “Vehicle”.
  4. On next screen select “Locks”.
  5. Finally you will be presented with “Autolock” and “Autounlock” options with check boxes. A ticked checkbox means the feature is enabled, and an empty box means the option is disabled.
  6. Use steering arrow controls to make your choice.

14th generation 2021+

Read this article to see method for 14th gen F-150.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com



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Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Just an update. I had my 2020 F-150 at the dealers today for another reason and complained to the service department about the inability to turn off the auto door lock function. They were able to turn it off using their service computer access.

Mteerjim
Mteerjim
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Did they charge you for that?

Wesarc
Wesarc
2 years ago

Have you tried this on a f150??

Mathew
Mathew
2 years ago
Reply to  Wesarc

Don’t know if the method on this article works, but you can always enable or disable auto locks in the instrument cluster menu. Go to Settings > Advanced Settings > Vehicle > Locks.

Wesarc
Wesarc
2 years ago
Reply to  Mathew

It doesn’t give option anymore to disable auto locks. The only option is Auto Unlock.
When you step out of truck to go to endgate to get something of truck box (with truck running) it’s locked, even if Auto Unlock is enabled…
Very Annoying!!!

Mathew
Mathew
2 years ago
Reply to  Wesarc

That’s weird. Do you have a newer truck? Maybe they removed this option.

Jameson Fitzpatrick
Jameson Fitzpatrick
2 years ago
Reply to  Wesarc

I have 2019 King Ranch and I am facing the same problem. Have searched everywhere but can’t find a solution. It seems Ford removed the option to disable auto locks from 2019 onwards, as I have seen this option in older models. This and the auto start-stop are the most annoying features on F-150.

Wesarc
Wesarc
2 years ago

This is supposed to be a work truck, not a city/street fiddling-around truck. Wish they come out with farmer / rancher / construction model!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I have a 2020 F150 sold in Canada. I tried to follow your tips but i can’t get the car to chirp only once. It doesn’t matter how i do it the horn chirp twice. I have a Lariat package and i don’t have the choice of auto lock in the menu. My menu only have the auto unlock with checkbox not auto lock.
Any ideas?

Stella Bishop
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Stella Bishop
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Unfortunately Ford has removed the option to disable auto locks in latest models. The method mentioned works for models produced before 2018. There seems to be no work-around to disable auto locks in latest models.

John
John
1 year ago
Reply to  Stella Bishop

I have the same frustrating issue. This is beyond annoying. Seriously wish I would have known this before I bought it. It makes me mad every single time I drive it when it auto locks.

Rascalnd
Rascalnd
2 months ago
Reply to  Stella Bishop

I have a 2020 F150 XLT. I don’t like the auto locks. Dealer said Ford doesn’t provide a way to eliminate that feature. HOWEVER, you can do it in Forscan. I did it 2 days ago and no more autolock. I also removed the Auto Stop/Start feature as well.

Ralph
Ralph
1 year ago

Finally, the truth comes out, on 2018 and newer model F150, neither one of the methods for overriding the auto locks work. I have a 2020 XLT and I find it very annoying, maybe I’ll get used to in time.

Mteerjim
Mteerjim
4 months ago
Reply to  Ralph

Ralph, take it from me, you will not get use to it!

Mteerjim
Mteerjim
4 months ago

I spend my whole day on construction sites and loading or unloading materials. This auto lock tail gate feature is pain in the rear end. Who needs it? If I am leaving my truck, I can lock it with the key fob! In my town, you don’t have someone stealing from your bed when you turn your back. I am cussing Ford everyday, all day! This my 5th new F150. It my be my last.