Four ways to wake up the iPhone X screen. No home button? No problem!

So, the iPhone X is coming out in just under a month, and you may be one of the many waiting at the edge of their seats. And for good reason — the X is a long-awaited design evolution and a technological marble by Apple. But, being so drastically different, it also comes with slight differences on how you are going to physically handle the device.

For example:
  • There is no home button? How can I conveniently wake my iPhone now?

The little circular pad, which has been a signature feature of the iPhones ever since the original launched is now gone. Users have long been used to waking their handset by just pressing the home button. Since it also became the house for the Touch ID scanner back with the iPhone 5s, it was rather convenient — press button, wait for phone to scan your finger. Easy!

Now, there's no Touch ID, there's no home button. How is an iPhone user to wake their screen, you ask? Fret not, there are still plenty of ways. Here we go:

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

So informative that mymind blew up from such useful info

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR, they even say Touch id will unlock it for you in pic 4 lol.

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Hahahha iphonearena is the maaaannnn!!!

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Tap to wake is a new feature exclusive to the iPhone X alone ? Wasn't aware of that.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1439; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

If it's new to iPhones, it's new to everything, thought you knew that by now.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

G2, old lumia, and lot's other have that feature.. But apple reinvent it and make it better /s

11. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I honestly try to think before writing an insult, but you’re asking for it, are you retarded or something? They’re referring to iPhones obviously, many people know this feature has been available for androids and windows phones for years, so please stop wasting space on the comments with such stupid attempt to initiate a war, omg android fans sometimes prove they are big losers that live on their moms basements

12. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Ok Kaloyan C. :))

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I honestly try to think before writing an insult, but you’re asking for it, are you retarded orsomething? They’re referring to iPhones obviously" I know the context of that sentence was referring to iPhone handsets alone Which is what I was taking about, as I wasn't aware the tap to wake was exclusive to the iPhone X alone, because the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are also 2017 handsets, yet they do not feature the tap to wake... That surprises me. But you decided to read my comment like an insult... so that you'll seemingly have a reason to attack me, and that's what actually makes you a loser.

26. sirohunter

Posts: 204; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

In the context of iPhones, it is exclusive to the X.

4. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

"slight differences on how you are going to physically the device" Physically the device eh? Is that like getting physical with it? ;-)

7. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

Also, if you are looking at the phone isn't it *Face* ID and not Touch ID?

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just like someone here used to say "My body is ready"

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So raise to wake ends up unlocking the phone then? Sometimes I just want the time discreetly.

19. paul.k

Posts: 296; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

In iOS 11, unlocking the phone does not result in instant homescreen. When Face ID unlocks the iPhone X, it will still stay on the notifications shade / clock screen until you swipe up. Sort of like you have to actually press the home button to "open" the phone after unlocking it in the older iPhones. (unless you enabled "rest finger to unlock" in settings)

21. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And this is exactly the worst part of the new iPhones... That extra step is not needed the majority of times. It should have worked as windows hello and simply go straight to unlocking. In my Xperia the power button /fps unlocks it in a single press... But if I want to look at the lock screen (very rarely) I press it with a different finger or perform first a tap to wake.

28. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Or press it with your nail (or tip of your thumb), since it's tricky press it with other finger (unless it lay flat on table), and power button placement is low enough to do that..

30. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually the placement is perfect for my Left Hand index finger and my Right Hand thumb... and since I am left handed, most of the time I unlock it with my index, and if I need the lock screen I simple use the middle finger... Flat on a table, facing up is actually inverse, so I use my left Thumb or right Index... when picking it up and both of them also unlock it... All in all it is the best FPS out there in my opinion, specially when properly configured (registering all the area around your finger tips)


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Tap to wake up or tap to lock......already used in other phones for years! Nothing new here!

15. iCloud

Posts: 126; Member since: May 15, 2014

I misread the article. I was expecting information on 4 ways to unlock the iphone not 4 ways to wake the phone up. I am going to buy the phone to try it out but I can already see it being cumbersome to tap the screen or click the power button (i don't use raise to wake option) > look at it and then slide up. Considering with my iphone i just click the button and it unlocks with the finger print. It is going to be much slower to get into the phone now, unless i just tap and slide up but then it's not secure.

17. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

No iPhone? No problems!

18. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The raise to wake up was the most convenient feature of my 7plus.

25. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

iPhone X Reviews: What to Watch Out For Most want access - they want to remain in apple's good graces, being invited to events Does it sound like all the others? Rare exceptions Answers: Does function follow form or vice versa? Only focused on hardware Gloss over iOS software slop (again) Only focused on "latest" label Photo/Video comparisons to previous gen No / little mention of the sensor array Suggesting that the sensor array melts away - subjective Real world experiences? How does the screen, itself, compare to others at other price points Usability tests (unlocked while on desk, slid over) Discussion of Usability changes ("Reachability") ANY Discussion of software - not just what's new Not challenging inconsistent Human Interface Guidelines - you have to embrace the notch, but why not embrace the blackness of the Apple Watch? Is Face ID demonstrably better / more convenient than Touch ID Careful throwing out the word 'biased' and 'sheep' - it could be that they're just not very skilled at being accurate and complete Don't look for reviews that only justify your purchasing decision Has the author discounted other devices for egregious flaws? Heralding this as amazing, the future, best one yet Who was in charge of this product: the customer or marketing? SnazzyLabs pointed this out as well - and there's a great Steve Jobs video about this problem.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I remember a time, when that would've excited me, and been a lock for purchase...then the Note 2 came out.

29. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Author Paul K. , please write another article "5 ways to charge the iPhone"

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