How to Turn Off (disable) Raise to Wake Function on iPhone

One of the most surprising new features introduced with iOS 10 is raise to wake. Borrowed from Apple Watch, the new function will make the iPhone detect when it is raised, be it from your pocket, table or another surface and turning on the screen by itself. Moreover, once you put the phone down the function will turn off the screen automatically.

Raise to wake is very useful when you want to quickly check the time on your iPhone or read new notifications on the fly. In fact, once you get used to it you’ll quickly forget about pressing the Home or Power button to wake your phone’s screen. Just pick up your iPhone and it’s good to go.

And yet the raise to wake function can easily turn into a nightmare. Basically the iPhone’s super sensors can not differentiate between an intentional or accidental movement which obviously could cause many problems. Many users complain of low battery life, which is not surprising because every time the screen is on means additional energy consumption.

So if you’re unhappy that your iPhone’s screen turns on and off automatically, follow the steps below to see how to safely turn off raise to wake function.

How to Turn Off Raise to Wake on iPhone

Please note that raise to wake function works only on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus basically Apple device’s equipped with M9 co-processor running iOS 10.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone’s home screen;
  2. Now select Display & Brightness;
  3. By default, Raise to Wake feature is turned on. Click on the slider to turn it off;

Once successfully disabled the raise to wake function, lock the iPhone’s screen and move it without touching any buttons. You’ll notice that the screen does not wake, the behavior being identical to the older iPhone models.