Useful Tips

Raising to activate, or how to automatically turn on the iPhone screen when you pick it up


When you buy a new iPhone for yourself, sooner or later you will find features that you were not familiar with before. In general, Apple does a pretty good job, because most of them are quite useful.

Another function of this kind is the "Raise to activate." Many do not know what it is and most importantly, how to enable or disable it.

Let's get acquainted a bit with what purpose this function was created and what needs to be done to get rid of it, if necessary.

What does raising to activate mean?

If you have at least iPhone 6S, then you probably noticed such a moment that when you pick up your smartphone, the screen will automatically light up.

This is the implementation of this paragraph. It was made mainly for three purposes: to look at notifications, use the “Control Point” or swipe left, call the camera and take a couple of shots.

If you do not do anything and just put the phone back in your pocket (on the table), then the screen will go blank. For some, this is very useful and they use it.

But if it annoys you and you want to quickly turn it off, then let's do it.

How to enable / disable “Raise to activate” on the iPhone?

Perhaps you may not immediately be able to find how to disable the "Raise to activate." But as always happened on the iPhone, you can do it literally in a matter of seconds.

Follow these steps:

  1. go to Settings,
  2. scroll down a bit and click Screen and brightness,
  3. and here you can immediately find "Lift for activation" (if it burns green, it means it is activated).

Now, when you pick up your phone, its screen will no longer light up. But if you suddenly want to try again, then we follow the exact same steps.

On which iPhones does Uplift run for activation?

Alas, to appreciate the merits of the function "Lift for activation" Owners of only a limited number of gadget models that support iOS 10 (and newer software versions) will be able to.

According to Apple official information, the above functionality only available on iPhone 6s and newer devices. The Cupertinians did not reveal the reasons for such a significant limitation, however, journalists and experts have their own opinion on this matter.

It is possible that the limitation is due to the presence of the M9 coprocessor (and higher), built directly into the Apple A9 microchip. Such a processor began to equip Apple smartphones with the release of iPhone 6s. It is thanks to him that the Siri digital assistant on the “apple” smartphones of the current generation is always active.

Using the Lift to Activate Feature

When you lift your iPhone to look at it, the lock screen is automatically activated. Thus, you can quickly check notifications, go to the Control Center, swipe left to take a picture, or swipe right to go to widgets.

On iPhone X or later, you can also tap the screen to check notifications, take a picture, or quickly switch to a flashlight.

To unlock iPhone X or later, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On iPhone 8 or earlier, click the Home button. If you do not perform any actions, the iPhone will return to sleep mode.

To enable or disable the Raise to Activate feature, go to Settings> Screen and Brightness.

1. Raise to wake

The Raise to wake function was designed so that the display of the iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 automatically lights up when it "looks" in the face of the user. Owners of smart watches have long been accustomed to such a trick, where the option really took root, which can not be said about smartphones. In everyday life, the phone screen constantly lights up idle, inspiring false thoughts about missed notifications or corny distracting the owner of the gadget. Perhaps, only Xiaomi Mi Band 2 bothered more, now and then it lights up at night with a restless dream :)

“Raise to wake” is disabled through: Settings -> Screen and brightness -> Raise to activate.

2. Home button to unlock

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus deprived the mechanical Home button, replacing it with a sensor connected to the Taptic Engine (tactile engine) so that it simulates vibration when pressed, as in an electric car with a V8 growl from the speakers. However, Apple has utilized the centuries-old Slide to unlock tradition. In iOS 10, a swipe on the screen activates the camera, and immediate unlocking occurs through the Home key. Such an update could not be liked only by users of devices without a Touch ID, since with a fingerprint sensor, unlocking is carried out without sliding on the screen.

3. Clear all notifications

Together with iOS 10, users now have the opportunity to delete all notifications in the Notification Center with a single click of a button, but it turned out to be only feasible for devices with 3D Touch on board. Even the owners of not very outdated iPhone 6 remain out of work, but it's a pity.

4. Music storage optimization

In beta versions, the “Optimize Storage” feature could be used by absolutely all users, but after the official release of iOS 10, automatic deletion of songs that you never listened to became available only to Apple Music and iTunes Match subscribers.

5. “Motion Reduction” conflicts with iMessage effects

The “Motion Reduction” effect came along with iOS 7. Its essence was to simulate a three-dimensional effect when the user twisted the device. The thing turned out to be quite controversial, however, many liked it. So, now you have to turn it off to insert new-fashioned iMessage buns in messages, otherwise they will not be corny attached.

6. Access to correspondence on the lock screen

Of course, Apple managed to make the lock screen more powerful and ... more affordable. It turns out that anyone from the outside can conduct correspondence on your behalf without entering a password. To fix this, go to Settings -> Touch ID and Password and move the "Reply to message" toggle switch to the bottom.

7. Automatic handwriting activation

Handwriting, which has become one of the key features of updated Messages, for some reason automatically turns on when the device is in landscape mode. During quick conversations, drawing with a finger is useless, so it’s wiser to turn it off. It’s good that the keyboard icon in the lower right corner can quickly return traditional keys.

Other functions of iOS 10 caused us exclusively positive emotions. And what didn’t you like, dear readers?