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How to Enable or Disable Raise to Wake Lock Screen Feature in iOS 10

With over one hundred features exclusive to iOS 10, it remains a massive update to the iPhone and other iOS devices. One such useful feature is Raise to Wake.


The Raise to Wake feature is available on compatible iPhones and iPads with an M9 co-processor. The list of compatible devices starts with the iPhone 6S, 6S plus and iPhone SE, and has continued to include all devices created after that point including the iPhone 7 (and subgroups), iPhone 8, and iPhone x, as well as the coinciding iPad devices released in the same year.

Available since the iOS 10 beta test, “Raise to Wake” is feature that allows the screen of an iPhone or other iOS device to turn on as soon as it is picked up and turned toward the user’s face.


Though it is only available on the iPhone 6s and up, it makes it so that a user no longer needs to push a button to wake up their iPhone, which caused them to unlock prematurely on newer models with the new Touch ID sensors.


These sensors sometimes operate so quickly, the phone would unlock as soon as it woke up, making it difficult to just check the time, or see lock-screen notifications. Rather than slowing down the processing power of the touch ID, which would cause more problems than it would solve, they enabled Raise to Wake.


Turning this feature on, or off, can be done in 3 simple steps:


  1. Open the Settings app on your phone. In case you’re unfamiliar, it is the grey/silver icon with the clock gear.


  1. Select “display and brightness.” This icon is blue with two A’s of different sizes. (Another feature of iOS 10 is allowing you to change the display size of text from smaller to larger.)

  1. Toggle the switch beside “Raise to Wake”. This is turned “on” originally but can be turned on and off as often as the user needs or wants.


It’s that simple. This feature is hardly new. It was originally available on the Apple Watch for when you raise the watch to check the time. Android’s Ambient Display is another name for the same function on their phones.


The usefulness of Raise to Wake can’t be denied though it has its downsides as well. In an active situation, a phone that turns on when it is raised can result in shorter battery life, but the functionality can be turned off at any time by following the steps stated earlier. When returning to a l

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