How to Disable iPhone Tap to Wake

Tap to Wake may be disabled on the iPhone by navigating to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > and clicking the button to the right of Tap to Wake.

Our article continues below with further details on disabling this option, including screenshots of the processes.

For more information on this issue, see this video on how to turn off tap to wake on iPhone.

How to Turn Off iPhone Tap to Wake

The instructions in this post were carried out using an iPhone 14 Plus running iOS 17.

These steps will also work for most other iOS versions and many other iPhone models, including the following:

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max

Step 1: On your Home screen, find the Settings app icon and tap it to open the menu.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Accessibility.

Step 3: From the list of options on this menu, select Touch.

Step 4: To turn it off, tap the button to the right of Tap to Wake.

When there is no green shading around the button, this option is deactivated. In the image below, I have it turned off.

how to disable iPhone tap to wake

You will be able to toggle this setting on or off based on your usage preference now that you know how to turn off Tap to Wake on IPhone.

iPhone Tap to Wake (Video)

Changing the iPhone’s Tap to Wake Setting

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Choose Accessibility.
  3. Select Touch.
  4. Disable Tap to Wake.

Related: How to Adjust iPhone 14 Flashlight Brightness


Your iPhone has many useful features that are designed to make the device perform better for you.

However, depending on how you use your phone, some of these options may have the opposite impact.

If you notice that your phone’s screen is frequently coming on when it’s in your pocket or bag, it could be doing things like opening the Camera, turning on the flashlight, or even pocket calling.

This is usually due to a feature called “Tap to Wake,” which illuminates the screen when something touches it.

Hopefully, our instruction on how to turn off Tap to Wake on iPhone above has given you the knowledge you need to locate and adjust this setting on your Apple smartphone.

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