How to Stop Your iPhone’s Side Button From Hanging Up Call

Imagine you are in the middle of a serious conversation. Suddenly, you accidentally press the side button and end up hanging up the call. Wouldn’t you feel embarrassed about this incident? Most probably, you would. Well, now, you will no longer need to feel sorry for accidentally ending a call as Apple has come up with a way to let you stop your iPhone’s side button from hanging up call. Here is how it works: 

Stop Lock from Ending Call on iPhone

When I first heard about this feature, I thought it would be inside the Phone setting. However, after a bit of digging, I found that it is part of the Accessibility suite. It’s probably this perplexing placement that has hindered this neat feature from getting enough spotlight.

Ensure That Your iPhone Supports “Prevent Lock to End Call” Feature

Before you may want to get the most out of this useful feature, I would recommend you check off the compatibility. Since it supports only the newer iPhone models, make sure your device is onboard. Following is the list of supported devices:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE 2
  • iPhone SE 3
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max

Prevent iPhone’s Side Button from Ending a Call 

Once you have taken care of the device compatibility, follow the steps below. 

Step 1. On your iPhone running iOS 17/16 or later, open the Settings app. 

Step 2. Scroll down and tap Accessibility

tap on Accessibility

Step 3. Go to the Physical and Motor section and tap on Touch.

Step 4. In the end, turn on the toggle next to Prevent Lock to End Call. 

How to Stop Your iPhone’s Side Button From Hanging Up Call

There you go! The change will come into effect straight away and prevent the power button from hanging up the call. Later, if you ever want to go back to the default method, simply return to the Accessibility setting and then turn off the toggle.

Signing off…

While everything about this feature is appreciable, there is one downside that you must keep in mind. Note that with the Prevent Lock to End Call turned on, you won’t be able to decline an incoming call by pressing the power button twice. So, keep this shortcoming in mind before activating it. Else, it might cause annoyance. 

Enough talk, make sure to share your thoughts about this hidden iOS feature. And if you would like to explore more such useful hacks, check out our massive roundup of 135 iOS 17 hidden features. 

Read more: How to Copy and Delete Screenshots on iPhone and iPad 

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Rajesh Mishra

Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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