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keithfrombroughton-in-furness Level 1 (0 points)

How do you remove the slide to unlock function.  It seems to serve no purpose.

iPad, iOS 4.3.2
  • marianfromspringwood Level 3 (800 points)

    Sorry but that fixture is there to stay.

  • keithfrombroughton-in-furness Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for that. I'll just live with it.


    Keith N

  • marianfromspringwood Level 3 (800 points)

    Yes, considering how great the iPad is I think that is a good idea. Hope I helped.

  • Demo Level 10 (88,936 points)

    What do you mean that it serves no purpose? Hello??? Am I missing something or are you guys that unaware?


    I am no genius by any means - but how in the world would you unlock the iPad to use it if you removed the slide to unlock feature? You couldn't! That feature serves a purpose.


    What are you two talking about????

  • steeleblue Level 1 (90 points)

    I think what he is referring to is that unless you have a pass code set why is it locked.  I agree.  Unless im traveling I don't set a pass code so every time I press the Home button I get the slide.  Totally unnecessary.  Pressing the Home button (or opening a smart cover) should present you with the Home screen.


    So it really only serves a purpose if you lock your iPad, otherwise why have it?  I too wish I could disable it on the iPad.  Now on a phone it is very necessary to prevent unwanted actions if the Home button is pressed.  Since IOS originated as a phone OS I'm sure it's simply transferred from there.

  • Demo Level 10 (88,936 points)

    OK - what you are saying makes more sense to me but the point that I am trying to make is that - for the way that the iPad is currently designed - if you removed that setting - you would not be able to unlock the iPad to use it.


    What you guys are talking about is making the lock screen an optional feature on the iPad. Since it is not an option at this time, you certainly would not want to remove it.

  • marianfromspringwood Level 3 (800 points)

    It's really not a problem, how  hard is it to slide your finger a couple of inches. 

  • steeleblue Level 1 (90 points)

    Not really.  On older phones utilizing a lock screen was an option.  If you chose not to use it then pressing the power button simply opened the phone to the Home screen.  I think that's the option he is looking for.  The lock screen would only apply if a pass code is set.  There would be no need to 'unlock' because it would not be locked.


    As I stated before the advent of the lock screen on touch screen devices came about to prevent inadvertent dialing.  That's not an issue with the iPad.  Utilizing the Home button would open the device.  All this would mean is skipping a step (slide-to-unlock).

  • Demo Level 10 (88,936 points)

    I have never owned an iPhone so I had no idea that was how the feature came about. But I do agree - if you don't use a passcode - the feature isn't necessary. However - like Marian said, it's not that big of a deal to slide your finger to unlock the device.

  • steeleblue Level 1 (90 points)

    It's a bit of a PITA but not a big issue.  However, if the OP came from an older phone I can understand why he is asking and was just trying to explain why.  I have had touchscreen phones since about 2004 or so.  Initially they didn't have a lock screen and I can't tell you how many time I inadvertently dialed someone.  The introduction on a lock screen was a really big deal and very necessary.  I doubt any changes to the current code to change the iPad configuration is even on Apple's radar so....

  • gwelsby Level 1 (0 points)

    I disagree.  I use my iPad mostly as a controller for my Sonos music system.  The slide-to-unlock is a real PITA because it is utterly pointless.  How would you feel if to change the volume on your TV or pause a DVD playback you had to slide your finger across the remote control first?

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    Slide to lock and passcode serve two completely separate functions.


    Slide to unlock is there to prevent the user from accidentally touching the screen and causing some action.

    Passcode is to prevent unwanted users from using the iPad.

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    "The slide-to-unlock is a real PITA because it is utterly pointless. "


    No it is not "utterly pointless".


    "How would you feel if to change the volume on your TV or pause a DVD playback you had to slide your finger across the remote control first?"


    You mean a remote control with physical buttons that require some effort to push?

    As opposed to the iPad screen which simply requires a touch?

  • gwelsby Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Chris,

      hey, I don't want to cause any ill-feeling!  However, firstly I didn't mention pass codes.  I don't need one as the iPad is kept in the home for all the family to use to control the music system and occasionally browse the internet.  Secondly, slide-to-unlock is not there to prevent the user from accidentally touching the screen and causing some action.  It may be there to prevent the user's accidentally hitting the home or power buttons (which take some effort to push) and causing some action, but what are the cnances of that?  In terms of cost, benefit and risk, I should 100% prefer to be able to activate the iPad and tap Mute or Pause without having to swipe the screen first, and run the miniscule risk of accidentally hitting a button and then changing the track to which I'm listening.  The slide-to-unlock is, to me, utterly useless and indeed an obstacle.  It is surely inconvtrovertible that it ought to be a configurable feature, no?

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