iOS 10 feature guide: Lock Screen

iOS 10 is now available for users worldwide. Apple’s newest mobile operating system is packed with tons of new features and changes, making it the biggest iOS release ever. From the very moment you have installed iOS 10, you may be surprised by what is greeting you. With iOS 10, Apple has some daring lock screen changes and one of such change is the removal of the iconic “Swipe to unlock”, a thing that we have grown accustomed to since the day one. Besides, we have Raise to Wake that wakes up your phone every time you pick it up.

If you have been struggling to use iOS 10’s lock screen, we believe that we can help you out. In this tutorial, we will show you how to use the new lock screen in iOS 10.

  1. Raise to Wake

With iOS 10, Apple first introduced Raise to Wake feature. If you’ve got an iPhone 6s or newer, the new feature lights up the screen when you raise your phone or take it out of your pocket., so you can instantly see your notifications at a glance. Basically, Raise to Wake uses Apple-designed motion processor to read data from the sensors, so it can figure out when you have picked up your phone from the desk.

  1. Notifications

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In iOS 10, notifications offer card-shaped design with opaque background. If you want to open a notification from your lock screen, all you have need to do is to swipe right on it. Simple, isn’t it?

  1. How to interact with notifications from iOS 10’s lock screen

With iOS 10, notifications have become  more interactive than ever. You now can use 3D Touch to interact with notifications on the lock screen. All you need to do is to 3D Touch a notification to bring up a pop-up that includes 2-3 options. If you have got a message notification, 3D Touch it gives you a preview of the conversation along with the option to reply to the message.

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If you are using an older iPhone like iPhone 5s or iPhone 5, you cannot 3D Touch on a notification. Instead, you will need to swipe left on the notification that you want to interact with and select “View”.

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  1. How to access Widgets on the lock screen

In iOS 10, widgets are now available on the lock screen, making it much easier for users to access. All you have to do is swipe right to access the Today view where you will get Apple’s default widgets including Weather, Notes and more.

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But the coolest thing is that you can get third-party widgets for your favorite apps on the lock screen, so you can get timely information from your most used app at glance.  Make sure that your app supports widget. If you are not sure, open the widgets screen > Edit > tap on “+” to add more widgets.

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  1. How to Access Camera on the lock screen

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iOS 10 makes it much easier and quicker to open the Camera app without even unlocking your device. The camera app is still there on the lock screen, but you simply need to swipe to the right to call up the Camera into action, so you can capture every beautiful moment.

  1. How to Unlock iPhone or iPad

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When you first wake up your phone, you may be wondering “where is my “Swipe to unlock” feature?” In iOS 10, there are two different ways to unlock your phone. If you are now in the widget section, and you want to access a widget’s data, you will need to unlock your phone by placing your finger on the Home button. If you want to go inside the phone, you will need to press the Home button.

  1. How to Access Control Center

In iOS 10, the Control Center has seen a major change in design. The Control Center now includes three panes – iPhone controls, Now Playing and Home. If you have got HomeKit installed on your device, you can control your smart devices right from the lock screen. To access the Control Center, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you can swipe left or right if you want to switch between panes.

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The new lock screen has been met with a lot of positive reviews from experts and Apple fans. iOS 10’s lock screen is more functional than ever; pick up the phone to see notifications and time, swipe right to access widgets and place your finger on the home button to unlock the screen and reply to messages from the lock screen. iOS 10 gives users a solid reason to upgrade. What about you? If you have updated to iOS 10

If you have updated to iOS 10, don’t forget to share with us your iOS 10 experience in the comments below

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