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Raise to Wake is one of the new cool features added in iOS 10. It’s cool because whenever you pick your iPhone up, the screen will turn on automatically so you can easily and quickly see the notifications on the lock screen. Just like the double tap to wake feature on most Android devices.

However, it may sound cool to the ear and easy to say, in reality, it can be a bit tricky and a little bit fastidious to employ. At times, if you pick up your phone, it may not work and you’re left staring at the blank screen to turn On hopefully which won’t. It is very annoying because you know the feature is there but you don’t how to trigger it or it isn’t working. So I made some research and experiment with my iPhone in different many by placing it in different positions and orientation which cost me some time in order to trigger it in my own way rather than the generally known “just raising it up to wake it”.  

The Raise to Wake feature uses the M9 processor, so it’s available only on the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE devices. In case you’re using an older iPhone device, sorry, it won’t work even though you have iOS 10 installed on your device.

After doing my experiment by picking up, putting down, changing orientation of my iPhone 6S, I discovered that there are two ways you can use to trigger it to make work every time you pick up your phone. 

The Raise to Wake feature will work if you:

1. Flip your iPhone from face down to face up, or

2. Lift and turn your iPhone to make its vertical in portrait mode, perpendicular to the ground.

I think we’ll have to explain them one at a time because it sounds cool but tricky to carry out.

So the first, when your iPhone is lying face down on a table and you lift and turn it face up, Raise to Wake will activate. It will always trigger and it doesn’t matter whatever axis you rotate it to.

You can also make this feature to work whenever you take your phone out of your pocket. All you have to do is to just hold your phone face down and quickly rotate your wrist till your iPhone faces up.

The other way to trigger this Raise to Wake feature is to lift your iPhone to make its vertical in portrait mode. In simple manner raise your iPhone to eye level. And in case your phone is already facing up in your hand, it is the easiest way to trigger it, just raise it up to eye view in portrait mode.

The Raise to Wake feature doesn’t work if your phone is in a landscape orientation mode. Well this isn’t a problem when you’re standing, however in case you pick your phone up while lying in bed or lying in horizontal manner, the screen won’t light up automatically. It may looks like it’s in portrait orientation to you, but, actually it’s in landscape orientation to the ground.

Raise to Wake feature is a cool feature, if you know how to trigger it to work. However in case you don’t like it, you can easily it turn it off. Luckily, we’ve got a guide on how to turn it off.

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