How to Quickly Disable Touch ID on iPhone Running iOS 11

If you ever come across a situation when you and your iOS device is not secure, instantly turn off Touch ID in iOS 11 on your iPhone to provide it the needed security. Here is how it’s done quick way!

Emergency SOS is an important life-saving feature in iOS 11, which allows you to quickly make an emergency call just by pressing the power Off button five times in succession. Besides, it also allows you to quickly disable Touch ID on your iPhone.

So if you ever, unfortunately, find yourself in a situation when you think you are not safe, you can temporarily turn off Touch ID to prevent your enemies from taking undue advantage of it. May be, they would forcibly use your finger to unlock your device and steal your confidential information stored on your iPhone.

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How to Temporarily Turn off Touch ID on your iPhone

Note: One thing you need to know that if you have enabled the option to automatically call Emergency SOS when ON/OFF button is pressed five times in rapid succession, this process won’t work. Hence, you must disable this auto call functionality before going ahead with the process. Head over to Settings app → Emergency SOS → and turn off the switch next to Auto Call.

Step #1. On your iPhone 5s to 7/7 Plus, simply click the On/Off (sleep/wake) button three/five times consecutively.

Quickly Call Emergency Services from iPhone

On your iPhone 8/8 Plus, click the side button three times.

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Temporarily Disable Touch ID on iPhone 8-8 Plus

Step #2. Now, emergency call will begin. Tap on Stop button and then tap on Stop Calling to confirm.

Disable Touch ID on iPhone 8-8 Plus

On iPhone 8/8 Plus, there is an another way to turn off Touch ID.

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Step #1. Just press and hold the side button and either volume up or down button simultaneously.

Press Volume Up or Down Button and Power Button on iPhone 8-8 Plus

Step #2. Now, you get four options:

  • Slide to Power Off
  • Medical ID
  • Emergency SOS
  • Cancel

Emergency SOS Options in iOS 11 on iPhone

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Now, you have two easy ways to disable Touch ID.

  • Simply tap on the Cancel button
  • Or, make an emergency call.

Quickly Disable Touch ID on iPhone in iOS 11

Now, you will have to enter your passcode to re-enable Touch ID on your device.


How to Disable Touch ID on iPhone Running iOS 11?

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Wrap up:

Earlier turning off Touch ID was a very complicated process as you had to restart your iOS device or scan the wrong finger multiple times or stop using it for a few days until it was temporarily disabled by itself. From that perspective, it’s a very user-friendly feature, isn’t it? That apart, it further empowers the functionality of emergency SOS feature.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

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