iPhone SE – How to Disable “Press Home to Unlock”

The Touch ID feature on your iPhone SE makes it easy for you to confirm your identity to make purchases or to unlock your device. The Touch ID unlocks the iPhone very quickly, usually faster than you would be able to enter a passcode.

But if you are finding that you are having trouble performing certain actions on your lock screen because the iPhone SE is simply unlocking too fast, or you have concerns over the potential security of using your fingerprint to unlock your device, then you might be looking for a way to disable touch ID.

Fortunately, you can configure your iPhone so that your fingerprint won’t unlock it, and so that the only way to access the device is via the passcode. Our tutorial below will show you how to make this change.

How to Prevent iPhone SE Device Unlock Via Touch ID

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone SE in iOS 10.3.3. Note that this will require you to unlock your iPhone with your passcode.

Would you like to switch your passcode, or use a different passcode format? This article will show you how to make that change in iOS 10.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open settings menu

Step 2: Select the Touch ID & Passcode option.

iphone se touch id and passcode settings

Step 3: Enter the current device passcode.

enter passcode

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of iPhone Unlock under the Use Touch ID for section of the menu. I have turned off the ability to unlock my iPhone with touch ID in the picture below.

iphone se how to disable touch id unlock

Now that you know how to turn off the option that lets oyu press the Home button to unlock your iPhone, you can prevent accidental device unlocks that it might be causing.

Is there a fingerprint on your iPhone for someone else, and you no longer want to give them permission to do anything on your device? Learn how to remove a fingerprint form your iPhone.