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How to fix the most annoying things in iOS 10

Updated 6 years ago

Ladies and gentlemen, iOS 10 is finally here! After a long beta period that began back in June, Apple released the finished version of iOS 10 to the public this week and so far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. People love the refinements in Apple’s latest OS, and if your iMessages have been anything like ours lately, they also love all the new Messages effects and third-party iMessage apps that are now supported in iOS 10. Sure there were a few bumps in the road, but things are going reasonably smoothly following the release of Apple’s new iOS 10 software for the iPhone and iPad. Of course, that doesn’t mean that everyone is happy with all the changes Apple made this year.

We showed you the 10 best new features in iOS 10 and we’ve also shown you 25 hidden iOS 10 features you probably had no idea were there. Now, it’s time to show you how to fix all the most annoying changes Apple make in its latest mobile operating system.

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Unlock your iPhone with a touch

iOS 10 adds a new raise to wake feature that shows you all those great new notifications and widgets as soon as you lift your phone. As a result, Apple’s old Touch ID unlock had to change — leaving the old behavior would mean the lock screen would almost always be completely bypassed.

But some people don’t want to have to press the home button to unlock the iPhone. Luckily, it’s beyond simple to restore iOS 9’s unlock function.

  • Open Settings and go to General > Accessibility > Home Button
  • Slide the toggle next to “Rest Finger to Open” to the on position

Disable raise to wake

Whether or not you like the new unlock behavior, some people aren’t fans of Apple’s raise to wake feature. Don’t worry, disabling it is just as simple.

  • Open Settings and go to Display & Brightness
  • Slide the toggle next to “Raise to Wake” to the off position

Disable the ability to reply to messages when the phone is locked

Apple’s new notifications in iOS 10 are awesome. Where messages are concerned, you don’t even have to open the Messages app anymore to reply to a text or an iMessage. Simply 3D Touch the notification and you can type and send your response right there without ever leaving the app you’re in.

Of course, there are definitely some privacy concerns when that functionality is enabled on the lock screen, which is how iOS 10 is configured by default. In other words, anyone can respond to your messages without having to unlock your phone.

Here’s how to prevent that from happening:

  • Open Settings and go to Touch ID & Passcode
    • Enter your password or PIN code
  • Scroll down and slide the toggle next to “Reply with Message” to the off position

Stop apps from automatically installing Messages extensions

Third-party app support in the Messages app is one of the coolest things about iOS 10, but most people only want Messages-specific apps in there. For example, installing or updating the Yelp app will automatically install Yelp’s Messages extension, and not everyone wants that.

Here’s how to stop it:

  • Open any conversation in Messages
  • Tap the arrow icon to the left of the text input field
  • Tap the Apps icon
  • Tap the four circles in the bottom-left corner
  • Tap the Manage tab
  • Slide the toggle next to “Automatically Add Apps” to the off position

While you’re on that screen, you can also toggle off any apps you don’t want to see in Messages.

Disable Safari auto-fill features

This is the least annoying of all the features listed in this post, but we have seen a bunch of complaints about it. Apple’s new contextual Quick Type features in Safari pop up your name, email address and other contact info when you visit a web page with forms that have those fields. It’s a nice, convenient feature but it seems to be bugging some users.

Here’s how to disable it:

  • Open Settings and go to Safari > AutoFill
  • Slide the Toggle next to “Use Contact Info” to the off position

You can also stop Safari from auto-filling logins and credit card details from this screen.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.