Category Archives: iOS 10

iOS: How to turn off Voice Control when you press the Home button

A number of iPhone owners found that "Voice Control" kicks in when they try to unlock their phone. The reason for this is they are holding down the home button for too long. This is, for want of a better phrase, a pain in the face. There is a way to stop it from happening, but it's not straight forward.

First things first, this is a bit tricky because Voice Control cannot technically be disabled.

To get around this you must enable Siri, which overrides Voice Control. Here's a step-by-step guide.

  • OpenĀ "Settings"
  • Tap on Siri
  • Swipe to switch Siri on
  • Return to the Settings menu and select "Passcode"
  • Tap "Turn Passcode on" and create a passcode, if you don't have one already.
  • Tap the "Voice Dial" option to turn off voice dialling
  • Tap the "Siri" option to turn off Siri from the lock screen
  • Lock your phone and see if it worked!

Windows 10: iPad in recovery mode not recognized by iTunes

I had an iPad that was bricked and i brought it into Recovery Mode to Factory Reset it:

  1. Disconnect the USB cable from your iPad, but leave the other side connected to your Mac or PC
  2. Launch iTunes
  3. Press and hold down the Home and Sleep/Power button on the top of the iPad to turn off the iPad
  4. Press and continue to hold the Home button while you reconnect the USB cable to your iPhone, this will cause the iPad to turn on
  5. Continue to hold the Home button until an alert message in iTunes informing you that an iPad in recovery mode has been detected.

The last point did not work for me. While the iPad went into recovery mode (showing the plug to connect to iTunes), iTunes did not recognize the iPad.

iTunes reconizes my un-bricked iPhone, but it does not recognize any device in recovery mode.

The problem was that the recovery mode drivers were not installed. Here is how to fix this.

  1. In Windows 10, go to Device Manager
  2. Go to View > Devices by connection
  3. Expand and search for the entry "Apple Mobile Device (Recovery Mode)"
  4. Right-click on the entry above called "USB Composite Device" and choose Update driver software...
  5. Choose Browse my computer for driver software
  6. Browse to the path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers" and click Next
  7. This will install the Apple driver
  8. iTunes should now recognize your device in recovery mode

Apple iOS: How to factory reset a locked iPad or iPhone

If you forget your device passcode or PIN, there is no way to get into it again. You have to do a factory reset of the device. For that, you need iTunes and a USB cable to connect your device to your PC.

Find below the steps to recover your handheld:

Important: These steps will wipe (delete) all your data and settings from your device.

  1. Remove all cables from your device.
  2. Switch your device off by holding the Standby button and swiping to the right.
  3. Hold the home button and connect your handheld to a running iTunes. Keep holding the home button until the "Connect to iTunes" logo appears on the device.
  4. In iTunes, click "Restore".
  5. In iTunes, click "Restore and Update".
  6. If you are shown an iOS Update screen, click "Next".
  7. On the License Agreement, click "Agree".
  8. iTunes now downloads the latest iOS software and puts your device in "Recovery Mode".
  9. The update and factory reset can take up to an hour.

Update: This does not work for iPhone 7 (and later models) as the home button functionality has changed. On the iPhone 7 you have to press the Standby and Volume Down buttons at the same time.