In iOS 10, Apple has redesigned the entire Lock screen experience, eliminating the "Slide to Unlock" feature and changing the unlocking interaction on its most recent devices.
On the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, and 7 Plus, a new "Raise to Wake" feature that automatically activates the screen of the iPhone changes the unlocking interaction, requiring a physical button press to open the iPhone to the Home button. In iOS 9, no actual button press was required, as unlocking the iPhone was done just by touching the Touch ID button.
The change to the iPhone unlocking system has been unsettling for some users, but luckily, there's a way to fix it and return to the iOS 9 setting.
- Open the Settings app
- Go to the General section
- Choose Accessibility
- Scroll down to Home button and tap the option
- Toggle on "Rest Finger to Open"
With "Rest Finger to Open" turned on, a finger on the Home button will once again unlock the iPhone to the Home screen, returning it to iOS 9 functionality.
Raise to Wake and the new unlocking system are arguably an improvement over the previous iOS 9 unlocking methods, so users may want to try to get used to the new system instead of making the change. With Raise to Wake and the press to unlock feature, you can see all of your notifications without accidentally bypassing them, which is convenient.