Lock Screen

How to fix Apple Watch won't unlock iPhone

unlock iPhone with Apple Watch face covering

Some iPhone owners have encountered problems unlocking with Apple Watch. The issue can be especially inconvenient when trying to unlock the iPhone with a face covering. The issue crops up inconsistently on iPhone 13 models with iOS 15 installed. Luckily, Apple has acknowledged the issue and delivered a fix. There are other tweaks included in the fix for minor bugs as well.

How to use Tap to Wake on iPhone

Tap to Wake iPhone

iPhone owners can set up Tap to Wake on their devices to easily glance at the time, or see pending notifications on the lock screen. In sleep mode, the iPhone display goes dark to save battery. Picking up the iPhone and unlocking to catch up on messages and alerts takes time and is likely to kick up your Screen Time totals for the week. With Tap to Wake you can quickly check up on lock screen notifications without opening the home screen.

How to turn off 'Hey Siri' on the iPhone lock screen

Hey Siri iPhone lock screen

Siri enjoys delivering answers to iPhone owners whether their devices are locked or unlocked. Sometimes the call "Hey Siri" is even answered no matter who is asking. Pressing the Side button or Home button can also invoke Siri from the Lock Screen. For those who consider this a privacy or security risk, Siri can be completely disabled when the iPhone is locked.

Apple approves iPhone X 'notch removal' apps

iPhone X Notch Remover app

The iPhone X display notch houses critical components used for Face ID, FaceTime and other features. This hasn't stopped people from loving or hating the design feature. Detractors have referred to the "horns" on the iPhone X, which comprise two halves of the status bar. For those who truly can't stand the notch, there is a solution that doesn't involve buying another phone.

How do I change the amount of time it takes for my iPhone to sleep/lock?

Your iPhone has a setting that dictates how long of a period of inactivity it takes for the display to go dark and the phone to enter lock mode, requiring you to unlock it to get back in. It can be annoying if you have something on your screen you are looking at for reference and it goes to sleep on you. Alternatively, if it stays on too long it wastes battery. You can easily change this by heading to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock. Choose 30 seconds, 1 - 5 minutes or never.

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