Raise To Wake: How To Get It To Work Each And Every Time

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Apple’s iOS 10 has been around for a while now; in fact, it’s been around so long that the Cupertino-based outfit is beta testing 10.2. So if you have a compatible device and you’ve given it a try, you’ve likely come across the Raise to Wake feature. This feature is new in iOS 10, and when you pick your phone up, it’s supposed to turn your screen on. However, there have been reports of it being a little finicky.

Raise to Wake a great feature in theory

This feature is supposed to spring to life when you pick up your iPhone or when it detects movement. Actually, it’s just meant to bring your display to life without having to press a button. But it seems that a growing number of iOS 10 users are becoming frustrated with the Raise to Wake feature because it doesn’t always work, and sometimes it seems to take on a life of its own.

All-in-all, what this new feature has been created to do is useful. However, some users are reporting that they’re being left staring at a blank screen. So rather than just forgetting about Raise to Wake, we’ve decided to see if there are any solutions–other than turning it off, that is. After all, the reason people upgraded to iOS 10 in the first place was to experience all of the new delights it offers.


Fortunately, some people with a lot of time on their hands have taken a look at this, and it has been discovered that without much of a fuss, this problem can be resolved.

But before we go into detail, lets look at what’s required first. Raise to Wake uses the M9 coprocessor. This is found in the following models: the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus. So if you have iOS 10, but your iPhone doesn’t appear on this list, Raise to Wake just will not work on your device because it doesn’t have the M9 chip.

Thanks to How To Geek, it has been discovered that there are two ways to trigger Raise to Wake. In fact, these two methods will activate the feature each and every time you try.

The first solution is flip your iPhone from face down to face up; it also works when the device is lifted up in portrait orientation. To do this, the handset has to be completely perpendicular to the ground. Unfortunately, and annoyingly so, Raise to Wake will not work in landscape mode even when relative to the ground.

Final thoughts

While this may not have been the solution you were looking for, it does work. However, many think that Apple should be looking into these intolerable and finicky issues, as there are still certain circumstances that raise to wake doesn’t respond in. As for why this is the case, it could be an iOS 10 bug or a device issue related to internal sensors.

But whatever the reason, you can bet that Apple knows all about it, and a fix is being worked on. In the meantime, use the methods above and cross your fingers that Apple comes to the rescue soon!

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