Enabling "Slide to unlock" on iOS 10

Written on June 26, 2016

Update: Apple has unfortunately patched this before iOS 10’s final release. The instructons below will no longer work.

iOS 10 does away with the traditional “Slide to unlock” lock screen feature, replacing it with “Press Home to Open”. While on devices with Touch ID, this is less of an inconvenience, on devices without one, it can be quite annoying — especially on devices with broken or unstable Home Buttons.

Here’s how to get it back.

  1. First, go to iTunes and make a backup of your iPhone. Make sure to make an unencrypted backup. We will be modifying some files later.

  2. Then, download and install iBackupBot.

  3. Open iBackupBot and select your backup. On the sidebar, open /System Files/Home Domain/Library/Preferences.

  4. Then, double click to open com.apple.springboard.plist.

  5. In it, add in the following two lines after the header information.

     <key>SBEnableDashBoard</key>
     <false/>
    
  6. Save the file.

  7. Close iBackupBot and restore backup from iTunes. (Note: There seems to be a bug in iBackupBot preventing restoring a single file to device within iBackupBot, if the device is running iOS 10 Beta. This is why restore should be done in iTunes.)

  8. Your iPhone should reboot. After it reboots, voila, Slide to unlock is back!

Thanks, @Andywiik for the tip.