We have a SharePoint Online communication site with the SitePages library. When any page is opened for Edit and kept on edit mode for about 5 minutes, we get the inactivity message as below:

Your Editing session has ended due to inactivity. Your changes have been saved in the latest draft version of this page.

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However, the client is unhappy about this as the message appears after 5 minutes of inactivity which is too early. So, Is there a way to change the inactivity session time-out to more than 5 minutes? and what is the default value of the inactivity session timeout?

However, I have tested this on another tenant, where I do not receive this session inactivity upon editing the page for about 15-30 minutes, I am confused here on the behaviour.

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This is OOTB behavior. I am able to reproduce the issue on my tenant.

As mentioned in the Modern Page Life Cycle

An exception is that if the page has no activity for 5 minutes, the editing session will time out and the page will be "unlocked."

I do not find any configuration to update this timeout duration.


Agree with Litt Spector. By design, the timeout of inactive editing session is 5 minutes. Changing the timeout of inactive editing session is not available. I suggest you go to Microsoft Q&A post your suggestions to let users customize the timeout of inactive editing session.

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