How to Turn Off the New “Raise to Wake” Feature

Featured in the new IOS 10, some iPhone models can now Raise to Wake. Just like the name suggests, when you grab your device, the screen will wake, or light up. However, this is only available on newer iPhones, including iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7.

Before you decide to turn off this feature, at least give it a try. Admittedly, like any change, it takes a bit of getting used to, and after using it after a few hours, you’ll start seeing the benefits. If you end up not liking this new feature, then of course, go ahead and turn it off.

If you’re concerned about Raise to Wake using too much battery, the sensors used to detect the raise gesture of the device have been configured to avoid any false positives, such as when the phone is in your pocket or when it is in a purse, or backpack. That said, Raise to Wake should have no noticeable impact on your battery life.

Those of you who don’t like this new way of quickly accessing the Lock screen can easily disable that in the Settings app. We’ll show you where.

Stop your screen from turning on when grabbing your iPhone

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

2) Navigate to the Display & Brightness section.

3) Toggle off the Raise to Wake option.

Going forward, the only way to wake your iPhone will be by pressing the Home button, or the Power button, effectively returning things to the way they were pre-iOS 10.

Obviously, if you want to enable Raise to Wake again, then follow the same directions and press the toggle again to turn it on.