In iOS 11, Apple is adding an easy way to quickly disable Touch ID.
A new setting, which designed to automate emergency services calls, lets iPhone users tap the power button quickly five times to call 911. The feature does not automatically call emergency services, but it brings up the option to. In addition, the feature also temporarily disables Touch ID until you enter a passcode.
iOS 11 is a game-changer for Touch ID. Press power button rapidly 5 times and it opens the 2nd screen, but it also forces passphrase entry! pic.twitter.com/uvWbM04lyk
— Kia?? (@alt_kia) August 17, 2017
The feature, which was discovered by a Twitter user, is in the public beta of iOS 11. Previously, if you wanted to temporarily disable Touch ID you’d need to restart an iPhone.
Apple’s new method is a far more discreet way of locking out a phone, especially if you’re in a situation where you’re worried someone might force you to unlock your phone.
Unlocking phones with a fingerprint sensor is a hot topic for law enforcement requests.