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How to Turn Off “Press to Open” on Older iPhones

Ben Stegner 23-01-2017

iOS 10 brings all sorts of new tricks iOS 10 Is Here! Why You Should Upgrade Right Now Apple's tenth revision of its mobile operating system is here. This is how to upgrade right now for free. Read More to your iPhone or iPad. From an enhanced Messages experience to finally being able to delete stock apps, this might just be the best iOS experience yet.


However, it’s not all perfect. New versions of iOS sometimes carry features from newer devices to older ones, resulting in changes that might jar your workflow.

In iOS 10, Apple changed Touch ID to only unlock your phone once you’ve pressed the Home button. This makes sense with the new haptic feedback inside the button on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus No headphone port, water and dust resistance, and Apple's best camera yet -- this is the iPhone 7. Read More , but it’s pretty useless for older devices.

If you’re used to simply touching your finger to the home button, you can reverse this setting. Head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button. At the bottom of this menu, you should see the Rest Finger to Open option. Slide that over the the Enabled position, and your phone will unlock just like it used to, no pressing required.

We’re not sure why Apple made this the default on devices that don’t benefit from it, but at least you can fix it without much trouble.

Don’t stop now; check out more iOS 10 default settings you should change 10 New iOS 10 Settings You Should Change To activate some of iOS 10's new features, like sending read receipts in Messages or having Siri announce calls, you'll need to tweak a few settings. Read More .


Are you happy to fix this setting on your older iPhone? If you’ve got an iPhone 7, do you like having to press the Home button to unlock? Let us know what you think down in the comments!

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