This hidden iOS feature solves one of the iPhone’s most annoying problems

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There's a way to stop the iPhone's lock button automatically ending a call and I wish I'd known about it earlier.

You see, the way I hold my phone during a call means I regularly hit the lock button. By default, this ends the call you're on. 

I appreciate why this feature is useful, allowing you to end the call without looking at the screen. The thing is, even though I've known the lock button ends calls for a long time, I never use it and always bring my phone down to look at the screen, whereupon I tap the red 'hang up' button. 

This might have something to do with being on my phone all day — so bringing my device down to to view the screen is returning the iPhone to its default position. Whatever the reason, though, that's just what I do. So I've always found using the lock button to end calls pointless and annoying when accidentally pressed during a conversation.

I'm kind of surprised then, given how much I know and write about iPhones, that I didn't know about this feature sooner — although, to be fair, it is tucked away behind two sub-menus and is easy to miss. 

You can actually disable the iPhone's lock button being used to hang up a phone call. It's little hacks like this which, in my opinion, make iPhones some of the best phones around.

If you're anything like me, you'll want to do this too, so read on to find out how to stop the iPhone lock button ending calls.

How to stop the iPhone lock button ending calls

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. Tap Touch
  4. Toggle on Prevent Lock to End Call

Read on to see full illustrated instructions for each step.

1. Go to Settings > Accessibility

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Open the Settings app and tap Accessibility.

2. Tap Touch

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Select Touch.

3. Toggle on Prevent Lock to End Calls

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Scroll down and toggle on Prevent Lock to End Calls.

That's all there is to it. Simple, but effective. If you'd like to learn even more ways to get the most out of your iPhone, we have you covered with our range of helpful tutorials. If you've just bought a new iPhone, you'll want to know how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, so you can get everything moved across smoothly. If your device is behaving a little sluggishly, find out how to clear RAM on iPhone to give it a little spruce. Need to find out what the plant is in your neighbor's garden? Then discover how to identify plants on iPhone.

Peter Wolinski
Reviews Editor

Peter is Reviews Editor at Tom's Guide. As a writer, he covers topics including tech, photography, gaming, hardware, motoring and food & drink. Outside of work, he's an avid photographer, specialising in architectural and portrait photography. When he's not snapping away on his beloved Fujifilm camera, he can usually be found telling everyone about his greyhounds, riding his motorcycle, squeezing as many FPS as possible out of PC games, and perfecting his espresso shots. 

  • Wakellor957
    The fact that this is under Touch and not under the Side button settings or Call settings is mind-boggling