Explore the Lock Screen

The Lock screen is the first thing you see when you power on or wake up your iPhone or iPad, and it contains a wealth of functionality.

Lock and Unlock Your Device

iPhones and iPads are all equipped with either Touch ID or Face ID:

  • Face ID (iPhones without Home buttons and many new iPad models): Lift the device or tap the screen to wake it and then look directly at the “notch” in the screen.

    Note the big lock at the top of the screen. It “unlocks” when your face is recognized, granting full access. After your device is unlocked, swipe up from beneath the bottom of the screen to go to the Home screen (see Hone the Home Screen).

    If your face isn’t recognized, you are prompted to enter your passcode. You can tap Cancel ...

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