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 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 10.3.1 brings a single security patch for a potential Wi-Fi exploit. But if you failed to install iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will bring its monster list of patches as well.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device.
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.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.3.1 is probably worth a download right now.