Your iPhone can be unlocked with either a passcode or the Touch ID. The Touch ID feature allows you to save several of your fingerprints to your iPhone, then those fingerprints can be used with Apple Pay, to make purchases in the App Store, or to unlock your device.
But you may find that you are unlocking your iPhone accidentally when you touch your Home button, and that you would rather disable that feature so that you can only unlock your iPhone by entering a passcode. Our guide below will show you the setting to change to achieve this behavior.
How to Disable the Touch ID Unlock Feature on the iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.3.1. These steps will also work for other iPhone models with Touch ID capabilities that are running iOS 10. We are specifically going to be turning off the setting that allows you to unlock your iPhone with the Touch ID. None of the other Touch ID settings are going to be affected in this guide.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Touch ID & Passcode option.
Step 3: Enter your current passcode.
Step 4: Touch the button to the right of iPhone Unlock to turn it off.
Now you will only be able to unlock your iPhone by entering your device passcode. If you would like to turn that off as well, then you can tap the Turn Passcode Off button near the bottom of this menu. Note that turning off the passcode will cause some other changes as well, such as the removal of any credit card information that is saved to Apple Pay. Not having a passcode on your iPhone can be a security risk, so Apple takes measures to ensure the security of some of your information if you turn the passcode off.
Would you actually like to make it easier to unlock your iPhone with your Touch ID? Learn how to open your iPhone 7 by simply placing your thumb or finger on the Home button.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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