The Home Button in iOS 10: Why It Changed & How To Restore Previous Functionality

I’ve had several friends remark to me that they don’t like the new Home Button function of pressing to Unlock. I’ll tell you how to change a setting to restore prevsious functionality, but PLEASE read the following explanation first.

Explanation: Apple changed the way the Home Button acts in iOS 10 for a reason. The Lock Screen and Notifications are much more useful in iOS 10. For instance you can ForceTouch on a message, see the conversation, and respond right from the Lock Screen. But your phone has to be unlocked to do this. You’ll notice a new pad lock at the top of the Lock Screen indicating that the phone is locked.

You can lay your finger on the Home Button to unlock the phone but stay on the lock screen and work through emails, messages, calendar invites, and others without having to go into each app. It’s very useful. If you restore previous functionality, you render this feature unusable. It takes a few weeks to get use to pressing the phone button, but it’s not bad once you get used to it. A common misconception is that you have to press the power button before you can unlock the phone, which is not true. With iOS 10, all you need to do is press the Home Button with a finger that is authorized for Touch ID and the phone will unlock and goto the Home Screen. 

Restoring Previous Functionality: Ok… if you’re read the above and you’re still not convinced, you can’t accept change, and really need must go back to the way the Home Button behaved pre-iOS 10, then here’s what you do:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Accessibility
  4. Scroll to Home Button and Tap
  5. Enable “Rest Finger to Open” 


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