10 very useful things you can do on your iPhone's lock screen

OS 10 completely transforms your lock screen into something really rather magical

iOS 10 is a feature-heavy update worthy of its double digit moniker. And you’ll see the biggest change right on your lock screen.

There’s so much more you can do on your iPhone before you even unlock it, and we’ve been getting acquainted with all the clever tricks the new lock screen is capable of.

Here are some of the most useful tips and tricks we've found so far:

Take a photo

Spotted Tim Cook in a full Adidas tracksuit using a Samsung phone in the wild? You'd better be quick if you want to snap some evidence.

Swipe left to open up the camera app, and capture that memory for all the internet to hashtag over.

Annoyingly though, you can’t swipe to the right to go back to the lock screen.

Get your old Home button back

You’ve probably already had to retrain your thumb since the fresh death of Slide to Unlock in iOS 10, but at least there's a handy trick which'll make the iPhone 7's newfangled haptic Home button a little more like the old one.

Head into Settings, General, Accessibility, Home Button and then Rest Finger to Open. Once that's done, you can unlock your iPhone when you rest your finger on it, with no pressure needed.


Reply to messages

3D Touch a message notification on the lock screen to pull up your keyboard and start texting right away. If you don't have a 3D Touch-enabled iPhone yet, just swipe left on the notification, tap View, and you'll be on your way.

This is great for replying to messages quickly and stealthily without having to jump into your phone and wait for everything to load up. Time is money, after all.