How to Replace Press Home to Unlock With ‘Slide to Unlock’ in iOS 10

Many people will struggle with unlocking their iPhone or iPad after updating to iOS 10.

Here’s why:

Starting with this new update, Apple got rid of the traditional “Slide to Unlock” feature. Instead of swiping right to access your home screen, you will now see several widgets using that action.

I’m not a big fan of that method. In fact, I found it annoying and harder to unlock my device.

So how do you unlock your iOS 10 lock screen?

To unlock the screen of your iOS 10 devices, you will have to re-press the home button.

  1. Press once to turn on the lock screen
  2. Press the home button again
  3. This will either bring you to the Passcode display or go straight to the Springboard (home screen)

During the first week, I was so used to the Slide to Unlock method that it almost take me awhile because I kept on going to the Widgets area.


Is there a way to bring back Slide to Unlock?

For now, it’s possible to remove the Press Home to Unlock in iOS 10. However, it won’t be as satisfy as the original Slide to Unlock method.

In order to take advantage of this you need a device that support Touch ID.

iPhone 5s or later, iPad mini 3, iPad Pro, and iPad Air 2

Once you met the requirement, follow the instruction below.

  1. Open the Settings app > General
  2. Go to Accessibility and scroll down to Home button
  3. Tap on it and enable Rest Finger to Open

From now on, all you have to do is place your finger on the home button and the lock screen will be unlocked. No need to press the home button twice or mistakenly go to the Lock Screen Widgets.

As mentioned earlier, it’s not the same as swiping the lock screen to the right. But at least it’s easier now, isn’t it? I’m sure if there is a public jailbreak for iOS 10, someone will be able to develop a tweak just for that.

Using iBackupBot

A YouTuber named Billy Ellis discovered a way to restore the Slide to Unlock on iOS 10 without jailbreak.


This method involves a utility called iBackupBot and modifying your internal files.

I’ll briefly go through the plan:

  1. Download and Install iBackupBot on your computer (link)
  2. Backup the device via iTunes (has to be unencrypted)
  3. Open select the backup in iBackupBot and go to /System Files/Home Domain/Library/Preferences
  4. Double-click on file
  5. Look for the header information, add this after it: <key>SBEnableDashBoard</key><false/>

Make sure they’re separated into two lines and then restore the backup from iTunes.

Keep in mind that this “working method” will work on iOS 10.0.1 or lower.

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