The release of iOS 10 adds an array of useful new features for the iPhone and iPad. But like any other iOS release, it comes with its own quirks and annoyances. It’s always tough to get used to interface changes and new features, but that’s more true with iOS 10 than others. And some of the new features are sure to get on your nerves, even if you aren’t a particularly change-averse iOS user.
In fact, iOS 10 brings a few new features that, no matter how open you are to changes in your iPhone or iPad’s software, you’ll probably find pretty difficult to get used to. Read on to check out the iOS 10 features that are the hardest to get used to. (We also include, where possible, to learn how to switch things back to the way they were if you get really fed up with the changes.)
1. Press to unlock
With past versions of iOS, anyone with a Touch ID-enabled phone could simply place their finger on the home button to unlock the device. In iOS 10, you have to press the home button to either unlock the device with Touch ID or enter your PIN. As Chris Mills reports for BGR, the change “forces you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about iPhones.” iPhone owners who are used to unlocking their iPhones by simply resting their finger on the home button will find their iPhone prompting them to actually press the home button, which can get annoying and make the process of unlocking the phone much slower.
Fortunately, you can get things back to normal using the Settings app. Navigate to General, tap Accessibility, and then select Home Button. From there, you’ll see a setting called “Rest Finger to Open.” Activating that setting means that your iPhone will no longer require you to physically push on the home button. You’ll be able to simply hold your finger against the home button. If Touch ID recognizes your fingerprint, the phone will unlock — no physical pressure required.
2. No swipe to unlock
Unfortunately, not all of the changes Apple made with iOS 10 can be reversed. The omission of the swipe to unlock functionality is a good example. iPhone users have traditionally been able to swipe across the screen of the iPhone to unlock the device. But that option is no longer available, even if you’re willing to dive into the Settings app.
Once you’ve updated to iOS 10, there’s no way to unlock your iPhone by swiping. Swiping to the right on the lock screen will display your iOS 10 widgets — which are useful, but probably aren’t what you’re looking for. Swiping to the left on the lock screen will take you straight to the camera. (Which may be good news for users who found it annoying to have to swipe up from the small camera icon at the bottom of the screen to access the camera.)
3. Raise to wake
Another feature that some iOS users are having trouble adjusting to is Raise to Wake. The feature sounds great in theory. The idea is that the display on your iPhone will wake up when you pick up your phone to look at it. The feature gives you a quick and easy way to check on your notifications without pressing any of the buttons on your iPhone. But plenty of users dislike the idea of having the screen wake up automatically, and many find it annoying that they then have to take the extra step of shutting it off when they didn’t want it to wake up in the first place.
Many people find that it wakes up when they don’t want it to. Or, they don’t like the fact that the feature makes it easier for other people to see their notifications. In any case, you can turn off Raise to Wake if you find that you just can’t get used to the feature. You can open the Settings app, then select Display & Brightness, and tap the switch next to Raise to Wake to toggle it off.
4. Email threads
Usually, major iOS releases add useful new features for core iOS apps like Mail. But as Joanna Stern reports for The Wall Street Journal, Mail took “a big step backward” in iOS 10 by “making it frustrating to find the latest email message in a long conversation.” Unlike Gmail or Outlook, iOS 10’s version of Mail doesn’t collapse all of the old messages you’ve already read in a conversation so that you can see the new ones right away. Instead, it places new messages at the bottom of the conversation and makes you scroll endlessly so that you may even miss a message.
Fortunately, there are a couple of fixes for the problem. You can reverse the order of the messages by opening the Settings app, tapping Mail, scrolling to the Threading section, and choosing “Most Recent Message First.” Or, you can opt to turn off threading altogether by opening Settings, tapping Mail, and then switching off the “Organize by Thread” setting. Messages in an ongoing conversation will then show up as separate items in your inbox, which will make it much harder to miss messages.
5. Handwriting mode in Messages
A redesigned Messages app is one of the biggest drawing points of iOS 10. It adds all kinds of useful new features. One that seems to have elicited the least amount of excitement is the handwriting option, which is activated by default when you turn your iPhone to switch to landscape mode. That’s fine if you actually plan to use the handwriting mode, but most people don’t actually want to write out a message by hand.
If you find it annoying or confusing for Messages to automatically switch to handwriting mode when you turn your iPhone, you can change the settings and get the regular keyboard even when you want to use landscape mode. You’ll just need to turn your iPhone to activate landscape mode, and then tap the keyboard icon on the bottom right corner. You can always switch back if you actually do want to try out the handwriting mode.
6. Automatically adding Messages apps
With iOS 10, Messages now has its own App Store full of apps and sticker packs. The developers behind regular iOS apps can create their own iMessage extensions, which gives you some of the functionality of those apps right from Messages. That sounds great — except that iOS 10’s default setting is to add those extensions automatically without your approval.
You can stop Messages from automatically adding the extensions associated with the apps you’ve downloaded to your device. Open Messages, tap on a Message thread, and then hit the App Store icon. Next, tap the four circles icon on the bottom left, and then the Store icon. Tap the Manage button, and switch off “Automatically Add Apps.” Then, you’ll need to manually add the apps you want to use.
7. Screenshot process
iOS 10 hasn’t changed the process of taking a screenshot. (You can still take one by pressing the home button and the power button at the same time, just as you did in iOS 9.) But many users have noted that the process is much more finicky in iOS 10, which can slow you down and prove pretty annoying with what should be a simple feature.
iOS 10 users have noted that when they try to take a screenshot, the simultaneous button presses can activate Siri instead. Many people try to press both buttons at once, but it seems that inadvertently pressing the home button for too long can activate Siri. There isn’t an official fix for the problem, but you can try pressing the power button before the home button to avoid the issue.
8. Replying to messages from the lock screen
iOS 10 enables you to reply to messages right from the lock screen without even unlocking your phone. You can long-press on a message to reply from the lock screen, no passcode or Touch ID authentication required. That sounds convenient, but many iPhone users are worried about the privacy implications (or the potential for practical jokes, at least).
If you’re worried about losing your phone or you’re concerned about what would happen if your phone fell into your friends’ hands, you can opt to turn the setting off. Just open the Settings app, tap Touch ID & Passcode, and switch off “Reply with Message.” You won’t be able to reply to messages from the lock screen anymore. If you’re really concerned about somebody else accessing your apps from the lock screen, you should also check out which apps you have notifications turned on for.
9. Spotlight Search history
Another iOS 10 feature that you may want to turn off if your friends tend to steal your phone is the operating system’s ability to save the keywords you search on Spotlight Search. It may be tough to get used to the feature, which shows you a list of everything you’ve searched for when you navigate to the search menu. It’s also annoying that you can’t delete your search history.
If you’d prefer to turn the feature off, just open the Settings app, head to General, and tap Spotlight Search. After that, you can uncheck the box next to “Siri Suggestions.” That will disable the app suggestions in Spotlight Search, and it will also stop the feature from showing your search history.
10. Inability to set default apps
With iOS 10, you can finally delete Apple’s stock apps from your iOS device. (You can do this by long-pressing on the app icon and deleting the app as you typically would with a third-party app.) But there are a couple of catches. The first is that you aren’t really deleting the app — you’re just removing it from your home screen and deleting any associated user data.
The second catch is that once you delete one of iOS’s pre-installed apps, you can’t choose a new default app to replace it. If you remove Calendar or Reminders, or even Mail or Safari, you can’t choose an app to replace it. So when you complete an action that would normally launch one of Apple’s apps, like asking Siri to check your messages, you’ll just get an error message.