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How to Unlock Your iPhone Without Pressing the Home Button



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.

3 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.3 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.3 If You Want Better Security

Install iOS 10.3.3 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iOS 10.3.3 brings 24 security patches addressing vulnerabilities plaguing Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari.

It also includes a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit dubbed "Broadpwn." That patch alone is a great reason to install iOS 10.3.3 right now or in the immediate future. 

If you failed to download previous versions of iOS, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring even more security features.

If you passed on iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3.3 will deliver 23 additional security patches for potentially dangerous issues. 

If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring its lone security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.3 will bring its monster list of patches to your device.

The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, iOS 10.3.3 brings their security patches with it. 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 10.3.3 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.

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. 



  1. Nicole

    10/04/2016 at 5:39 am

    This option doesn’t appear to be available on the 5c. Stuck with stupid pressing home button twice bullshit.

  2. Sukhvinder Singh

    10/16/2016 at 12:50 am

    How this works for 5c as this button rest finger is not available on 5c and m getting irritated

  3. Matt

    02/08/2017 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks, Adam! This fixed that annoying requires-an-extra-step-to-unlock problem.

  4. Sprint Unlock Service

    05/12/2017 at 1:31 pm

    I tried this method on my iPhone 7 and it really helped me in saving some time.

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