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How to prevent the iPhone sleep & wake button from ending calls

The power button on the iPhone 12 Pro

Apple's latest iOS 16 update makes it possible to stop the power and wake button on the side of an iPhone from hanging up on a phone call. Here's how to set it up.

The default iPhone setting allows users to easily hang up with a quick tap of the side button. It can be useful, but not for those of us with clumsy fingers who always accidentally hang up on people.

To get this done, make sure your phone is updated to iOS 16, and follow these four easy steps.

How to prevent the iPhone power button from hanging up on a call

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll to Accessibility, and tap on it.
  3. Scroll to "Physical and Motor", and select "Touch".
  4. Scroll to "Prevent Lock to End Call" and toggle it on.
Screenshots showing how to disable side button from hanging up on calls.

Now you can better manage your phone calls and never accidentally hang up on a call again with a misplaced iPhone squeeze.