Here’s how to unlock your iPhone without pressing the home button on iOS 10. The new iOS 10 update kills off the iconic “Slide to Unlock” lock screen and forces you to push to unlock. If you are sick of pushing, here’s how to get the old iPhone unlock behavior back.
Apple’s iOS 10 update replaces iOS 9.3.5 and it does so with a number of new features including big changes to Messages, Maps, Music, and the lock screen. The changes to the lock screen are pretty significant.
You can now use a “Raise to Wake” feature to glance at your phone when you pick it up. You can swipe left to open the camera. Notifications are improved. And Apple’s replaced the “Slide to Unlock” functionality with “Press home to unlock.”
If you’ve downloaded the iOS 10 update already, it’s probably a bit strange, and it will almost certainly take some time getting used to.
If after some time you decide you can no longer tolerate pressing down on the home button every time you want to unlock your iPhone, use these steps to get around it.
You can’t bring “Slide to Unlock” back to the home screen but you can use Touch ID to bypass the “Press home to unlock” function. Here’s how to do that.
First, tap on Settings. Head to General. After that, you’ll want to head into Accessibility. From there, you’ll want to toggle “Rest Finger to Open” on.
With this feature turned on you’ll be able to open your device by resting your finger on your home button. You can still press down on the home button to open your iPhone but you now have a couple of options instead of one.
If you decide that you’d rather go back to iOS 10’s default setting, you can go back in and toggle “Rest Finger to Open” off.