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Unlock your iPhone screen using the Voice Control feature

Simple steps on how to unlock iPhone with your voice

We have a lot of our sensitive data stored on our phones. Making sure the information on your iPhone is protected from unwanted people is a priority. But sometimes, having you're screen locked can be inconvenient, as you need to waste time unlocking it. With Voice Control, you can unlock your device by simply saying a phrase.

Unlock your iPhone screen using the Voice Control feature

When using Voice Control to unlock your iPhone, you don't need to enter the passcode or swipe up on the screen manually. The custom command that you create automatically does that for you. You can choose any phrase to make the process of unlocking your device more fun.

When creating the command, we recommend using a unique phrase that would be hard to guess as unlocking iPhone with Voice Control is not that safe. It can unlock the screen for anyone that knows the words.

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Do these things before setting up Voice Control

To make the setting up Voice Control process as smooth as possible, we recommend keeping your passcode no more than four digits. If you have a longer one, you might want to change it to a shorter one. A log passcode might make it difficult for you when creating the command.

If you're using Face ID, you might want to disable the Face ID feature. If you keep it active, the unlocking process can become longer.

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How to set up Voice Control to unlock iPhones with the Home button?

To set up voice control for iPhone with the Home button, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Go to "Accessibility".

Go to Accessibility

3. Under "Physical and Motor", tap on "Voice Control".

Go to Voice Control

4. At the top, enable "Voice Control" or tap on "Set Up Voice Control".
5. Tap on "Continue".
6. Then, tap on "Done".
7. When Voice Control is turned on, tap on "Customise Commands".

Tap on Customise Commands

8. Tap on "Custom" and select "Create New Command".

Tap on Create new command

9. Enter the phrase which will be used to unlock your iPhone.
10. Then, tap on "Action" and select "Run Custom Gesture".

Tap on Action

11. On the "New Gesture" window, tap the screen where you think the passcode numbers are. For example, if my passcode is 8080, it will look like this:

Create gesture

This step needs to be as precise as possible. If you're having trouble pinpointing where the numbers on the keypad are, you can lock your screen, mark the key places on your iPhone glass, go back and tap precisely where you marked.
12. When done, tap on "Save".

Save gesture

13. Go back and tap on "Save" again.

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How to set up Voice Control to unlock iPhones with Face ID?

To set up voice control for iPhone with Face ID, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Go to "Accessibility".

Go to Accessibility

3. Under "Physical and Motor", tap on "Voice Control".

Go to Voice Control

4. At the top, enable "Voice Control" or tap on "Set Up Voice Control".
5. Tap on "Continue".
6. Then, tap on "Done".
7. When Voice Control is turned on, tap on "Customise Commands".

Tap on Customise Commands

8. Tap on "Custom" and select "Create New Command".

Tap on Create new command

9. Enter the phrase which will be used to unlock your iPhone.
10. Then, tap on "Action" and select "Run Custom Gesture".

Tap on Action

11. Tap on "Hide Control" at the bottom to enter full-screen mode.
12. Now, swipe up from the bottom.
13. If you have Face ID enabled, wait about 4 seconds and tap the screen where you think the passcode numbers are. If you disabled your Face ID, you don't have to wait before tapping the passcode. If For example, if my passcode is 8080, it will look like this:

Create gesture

This step needs to be as precise as possible. If you're having trouble pinpointing where the numbers on the keypad are, you can lock your screen, mark the key places on your iPhone glass, go back and tap precisely where you marked.
13. Wait until controls appear again and tap on "Save".

Save gesture

14. Go back and tap on "Save" again.

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How to use Voice Control for iPhones with the Home button?

To unlock the screen with Voice Control on iPhones with the Home Screen, follow the steps below:

1. When your iPhone is locked, press the Home button to see the keypad.
2. Then, say the custom phrase you created in the previous step to unlock iPhone.
3. Voice Control feature will then automatically press the passcode on the keypad.

You can also unlock the iPhone by saying "Hey Siri". When Siri disappears from the screen, say "Go Home". When Voice Control takes you to the keypad screen, say the custom command, that will unlock your iPhone. For this to work, Siri needs to be activated. Instead of Siri, you can also use the Reise to Wake light on the iPhone screen.

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How to use Voice Control for iPhones with Face ID?

To unlock the screen with Voice Control on iPhones with Face ID, follow the steps below:

1. Tap on the screen, say "Hey Siri", or use the Raise to Wake light to wake the screen.
2. Now, say the command you created in the previous step.
3. The Voice Control feature will automatically swipe up on the screen to show the keypad and will enter your iPhone passcode.

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How to edit Voice Control custom commands?

Anytime you want to change the custom command, you can easily edit it in the same place you created it.

To edit custom commands, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Go to "Accessibility".

Go to Accessibility

3. Tap on "Voice Control".

Go to Voice Control

4. Then, tap on "Customise Commands" and select "Custom".
5. Tap on the command you created to unlock iPhone.
6. At the top right corner, tap on "Edit".

Tap on Edit

7. Tap on "Action" and select "Run Custom Gesture".

Tap on Action

8. Edit the custom command and, when done, tap on "Save".

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How to delete custom commands?

Suppose you want to keep on using Voice Control but don't like using it to unlock your iPhone. In that case, you can delete the custom command you created in the Accessibility settings.

To delete a custom command, follow the steps below:

1. Go to iPhone settings.
2. Tap on "Accessibility".

Go to Accessibility

3. Then go to the "Voice Control" settings.

Go to Voice Control

4. Tap on "Custom Commands" and select "Custom".
5. Tap on the command you created to unlock the iPhone and select "Edit".
6. At the bottom, tap on "Delete Command" and confirm the action.

Tap on Delete Commands

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How to disable Voice Control?

If you don't want to unlock your iPhone using the Voice Control feature, you can disable it from the settings.

To turn off Voice Control, follow the steps below:

1. Go to iPhone settings.
2. Tap on "Accessibility".

Go to Accessibility

3. Then go to the "Voice Control" settings.

Go to Voice Control

4. Toggle the switch next to "Voice Control" to disable the feature.

Disable Voice Control

We hope this guide provided you with the information you were looking for, and now you know how to unlock your iPhone using Voice Control and how to manage it.

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