How To Disable iOS 10 Press Home To Unlock / Open On Lock Screen

How To Disable iOS 10 Press Home To Unlock / Open On Lock Screen

If you want to go back to an iOS 9-style one-click unlock on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, I am going to tell you how you can do that by disabling this feature: press home to unlock/open on the lock screen in iOS 10.

Disable press home to unlock/open lock screen

If you’re an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus owner, you may have become frustrated with how sensitive the second-generation Touch ID sensor is. And I feel for you, especially when all you wanted to do was view the time. Instead, you inadvertently end up being taken to the home screen. However, with iOS 10, this has now changed, thanks to the addition of “Press home to unlock/open” and “Raise to wake” functionalities. But what if this does not meet your requirements?

If you are already running iOS 10 or plan on upgrading soon, don’t be concerned; there is a way for you to keep the older way of unlocking your device. So whether you want this because you don’t want to wear out the Home button or you simply want to stick with what you know, Apple’s accessibility settings hold the key.

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How to revert to the older method in iOS 10

Not many people know that Apple has included the older way of doing things into iOS 10. Most people assume that because the new “Press home to unlock”/”Press home to open” feature is up and working from the start, there is nothing they can do. But they’re wrong; here’s how to get yourself up and running with the older “rest finger option.”

Step 1 : When it comes to changing a process, enabling or disabling something in iOS, the first thing you need to do is head on over to the Settings App. Tap the app to begin the process.

Step 2 : Now that you have the Settings App open, go to General –> Accessibility.

Step 3 : When it opens, Accessibility has a lot of options to choose from. If done correctly, these options can be manipulated so that you can make iOS 10 a better, more customized OS.

However, at this moment, you need to find the option/section named Home Button. Once you have found it, tap to continue.

Step 4 : Next, you need to look for an option called Rest finger to open. Apple says that this option allows a user to “Open an iPhone with Touch ID, without having to press the Home button.” This is where you can set the unlocking of your iOS 10 device to use the older method. This means you would have to rest your finger on the Touch ID/Home button.

iOS 10 rest finger to unlock

So to enable this, you need to toggle the Rest finger switch to Open/On, and then disable iOS 10’s default “Press Home to unlock”/”Press home to open” features.

And that is it; you have now gone back to the unlock method last seen on iOS 9. If for any reason you should want to switch back in the future, you can easily do so by resetting the toggle switch to off.

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Darren is a proud father of two and a dedicated mobile technology writer from the UK. He's been writing about all things mobile, wearable, apps and anything else tech related for many years now for various sites all over the world.
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