Touch ID is one of the most innovative things to come to iOS. It’s not only to unlock your device. It additionally gives you the chance to make payments, authenticate a purchase in the Apple Store, and as of iOS 11 give trusted access to a PC you connect your device to. Where Touch ID is amazingly powerful and helpful to use, it can be a security threat as well. Touch ID is considerably less easy to use to unlock a phone than say entering the password. If we’re discussing legal rights, you can’t be made to give up your password although you may be forced to use your Touch ID. Luckily you can disable Touch ID from the lock screen in iOS.
To disable the Touch ID from the lock screen, you have to make use of the Emergency SOS feature that allows you discretely dial an emergency number on your iPhone. This feature only works in India however that won’t prevent you from utilizing it to disable Touch ID from the lock screen.
Open the Settings app and go to Emergency SOS. Turn off the “Autocall” option. That is all. So now, whenever you want to disable Touch ID from the lock screen, all you have to do is simply press the power button five times without a pause in between.
You will see the following screen. You can tap “Cancel” if you have sufficient time or you can do nothing and the screen will dismiss itself. After that, if you attempt to use the Touch ID to unlock your phone, it won’t work. You will need to enter your password to unlock your phone. When you enter the password, however, Touch ID can be used to open your phone once more.
If you have the “Autocall” feature enabled and don’t have any desire to turn it off you can still use this feature however with extreme measures. Clicking on the power button five times will automatically start the Emergency call. If you aren’t encountering an emergency then you need to cancel the call before the clock runs out. If you think you won’t be able to cancel it at that point it’s best to switch off your phone.
When you switch off your phone and turn it back on, Touch ID will be disabled by default. You will need to enter your password to open your phone. This may be a somewhat inconvenient approach to disable the Touch ID but if you’re in a rush, it works. However, another option is to use the wrong finger to open your phone. After five back to back failed attempt to open the phone, Touch ID will be disabled.