How to use iOS 10’s Redesigned Lock Screen

A brand-new iOS operating system that is now available makes many users excited to dig into iOS 10’s biggest and boldest changes, such as an overhauled Messages app and a more personal space in Photos to relive past vacations and family get-together. Anyway, you definitely want to get to all of iOS 10’s new features as soon as possible, but firstly you will have to get used to its new lock screen mechanism, which is completely change the way the iPhone is unlocked moving forward.

The new iOS 10 brings about the first major overhauled to the lock screen that is used since the iPhone launched in 2017, ditching the popular “Slide to Unlock” direction on the bottom of the screen for a collection of new prompts that make it easier than ever take benefit of the lock screen. Especially for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users, this traditional method “Slide to Unlock” can be very frustrated because they are too familiar with the faster Touch ID system that would unlock the screen “too quickly”, even some of them may don’t notice about the notification that might have been on the lock screen.

Possibly it is a slightly complex until you learn it, iOS 10 streamlines this process so that you can still have your thumb placed on Touch ID when you wake the iPhone 7 up via a new Raise to wake feature on the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone Sembilan, no need to immediately jumping past the lock screen. we have listed what you need to learn about how to navigate the lock screen, interact with notifications, and unlock your iPhone. Below are some sets of instructions you need to follow:

iOS 10 Lock Screen Navigation

With a brand new iOS 10, you will experience a new way to get access into your iPhone. Before you even get past the lock screen, iOS 10 has a few new additions to the front-end menus that should be noted for anyone who likes to take a glimpse at their apps or snap a quick photo without unlocking the iPhone. Follow the steps below:

  1. Bring your iPhone up to eye level to activate Raise to Wake, to start off.
  2. Once the screen is awake, simply swipe right-to-left to bring up the iPhone camera.
  3. To go back to the main lock screen while still in camera, press the home button (trying to swipe back right will simply cycle through the camera’s various photo and video modes).
  4. Swipe right from the main lock screen to access your widgets page, which contains a customizable array of widget-supported apps you have downloaded onto your iPhone.
  5. Scroll down to view more widgets.
  6. All the way at the bottom you will find an “Edit” button to rearrange, delete and add any new widgets onto your lock screen.
  7. If you decide to enter the edit menu, gently place your finger on the home button or enter your passcode when prompted.
  8. Tap “Done” when finished editing your widgets, or “Cancel” if you change your mind.
  9. Return to the central lock screen by swiping left.

iOS 10 Lock Screen Notifications Interaction

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You can interact with notifications appear on the iPhone screen because now there are new rich notifications in iOS 10 on 3D Touch-enabled iPhone 7 Plus that can also be used it as a quick action to jump directly into your favorite apps. Degrees of interactivity of apps currently are vary, surely for Apple’s own apps unsurprisingly having the greatest functionality for the time being.

For example, we can see the Apple’s first-party Messages and Mail apps that allow you to perform various actions directly from the lock screen, such as responding to messages, while most other third-party apps simply direct you to the app itself once your phone is open because developers need to specifically add support for rich notifications. The adoption of 3D Touch with the rich notification are expected to grow in popularity as more developers’ embrace iOS 10.

Any app that allows you to remain on the lock screen will be largely self-explanatory, therefore, we give these steps below to help you with the notifications that require you to dive past the lock screen. Here are the steps:

  1. Whenever you have an incoming notification, tap and hold on the message to activate 3D Touch.
  2. The resulting dialog box prompts vary from app to app, but could include the option to place a bid on an ending auction (eBay), or view the post a friend recently liked (Instagram), among a variety of other options.
  3. If you choose to follow through with the 3D Touch pop-up dialogue box, enter your passcode or place a finger on the home button to activate Touch ID.
  4. The iPhone will then unlock and bring you to the app you were interacting with on the lock screen.
  5. If you change your mind following a 3D Touch press, tap anywhere else on the screen to return to the normal view.
  6. Note: Apps that don’t support rich notifications on the lock screen will simply lack any interactive prompts after pressed upon.

Unlocking the iOS 10 Lock Screen

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After we have discussed about some steps above, now we are here in these steps to get past the security features of iOS 10 whenever you are ready to get into your iPhone. Simply just follow these steps below:

  1. Wake up your iPhone 7 by picking up the device using Raise to Wake just like any interaction on the iOS 10 lock screen. especially for an iPad, you will need to quickly press the home screen or power button to activate the screen.
  2. Gently place a Touch ID-approved finger or thumb on the home button to “unlock” the iPhone (do not press the button down).
  3. “Press home to open” should appear right now at the bottom of the screen.
  4. From here, you can browse notifications, and see widgets that require the iPhone to be unlocked before using (like Activity).
  5. Press the Home button whenever you are ready to enter your iPhone.
  6. Note: If Touch ID fails after three tries, the traditional number pad will prompt you for your iPhone passcode, which will open your iPhone immediately.

The duality of Raise to Wake and Touch ID also let the user enter an iPhone in one quick gesture, as long as the home button is pressed as soon as the screen is awake, although the new features of the lock screen let the him/her peruse various notifications and widgets for as long as he/she wants. This method will provide an unlocking method closer to that of iOS 9.

It might be a little bit complicated at first, but after a few tries the new unlocking method feels much easier and more convenient that the old mainstay of swiping to unlock. There will be plenty of other how-to-guides coming out to help you get acquainted with iOS 10. Keep a watch out for those and visit our website for more information about it.


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