How to Unlock Your iOS 10 Devices Using One Click Again

This feature is available automatically on iOS 9, but Apple changed it for the newest upgrade

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September 23, 2016

Tired of seeing "Press home to open" or "Press home to unlock" whenever you try to unlock your Apple iOS 10 device? Never fear: there is a way to change it back to the way it was when it ran iOS 9.

Why the Change?

It was easy to wake up and unlock your Touch ID device when it was running iOS 9. All you had to do was to press the home button. Simple as pie.

iOS 10 changed this process. Although pressing the home button will still activate and unlock the device, it doesn't automatically return you to where you where (e.g. the home screen). Now, the device unlocks and then remains on the lock screen, and you have to click a second time in order to go back to where you were. Although this change is relatively small, it is inconvenient. So why would Apple do it?

It turns out that there is a method to the company's madness. How-To Geek explains it this way:

"When an iOS device is unlocked, the apps on the device have access to encrypted data. If you use the default iOS 10 Touch ID unlock method, this means that when you swipe right to open the camera, the camera isn't in tourist mode but has full access to your photo library. It also paves the way for Apple to allow other apps to appear on the lock screen system and access encrypted data."

Although it is nice to know the reason for the change, most consumers will simply be irritated by it. Fortunately, there is a way to fix it.

How to Change Back

Note that this method applies only to those devices that have a home button with Touch ID enabled. To change the unlocking feature on devices that have such a button, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Scroll down to Accessibility and select it
  4. Scroll down to Home Button and select it
  5. Turn on the Rest Finger to Unlock feature (also known as Rest Finger to Open)

And you're done!

Now once again all you have to do to return to where you left off when you unlock your phone is to press the home button one time.

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