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.
Install iOS 10.1.1 If You Want Better Security
If you failed to make the move to iOS 10.1 before the iOS 10.1.1 release and you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider the iOS 10.1.1 update.
If you failed to download iOS 10.1 know that iOS 10.1.1 brings iOS 10.1's 12 security patches along with it. These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.
Apple's iOS 10.1.1 update comes with those patches and it also brings the patches from Apple's previous versions of iOS 10. If you haven't downloaded iOS 10 yet, you'll get all of those baked in. This is important, particularly for those of you on something older than iOS 9.3.5.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.1.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered earlier this year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.1.1 is probably worth a download right now.