How to lock your iPhone screen without ending a call

How to lock your iPhone screen without ending a call

What you should know

  • Settings > availability > Touch > toggle Prevent Lock to end call to on.
  • If you’re using speakerphone or headphones, iPhone won’t end a call if you lock the screen.

This page explains the steps on how to lock iPhone in the middle of a call without ending the call. These steps are necessary as iPhones automatically end phone calls when the smartphone is manually locked.

How to lock the screen on an iPhone without ending a call

How to lock iPhone during a call without stopping the phone call.

The instructions on this page apply to iPhone smartphones running iOS 16 and later.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Scroll down and select availability.

  3. Select Touch.

  4. Scroll down and turn on the switch next to it Prevent Lock to end call.

  5. Your phone calls should now no longer end when you lock the iPhone screen.

Alternative Ways to Lock iPhone Screen When Calling

If you don’t want to enable the above setting, there are some other ways to lock your iPhone screen while in the middle of a call.

  • Switch to speaker. You can lock your iPhone without ending a call when you use the Phone app’s speakerphone option.
  • Connect earphones. Phone calls won’t end if you lock iPhone while headphones, earphones, or earbuds are connected.
  • Call with another app. Apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger can be used to make calls, and they remain active when your iPhone is locked.

How to lock your iPhone screen

You can lock the iPhone screen at any time by pressing the button on the right side of the smartphone. This button is officially referred to as the side button.

Older iPhone models may use the top button instead. This button is located on the top of the smartphone and performs the same functions as the side button on newer iPhones.

How to unlock the iPhone screen

To unlock the iPhone screen, tap the screen once and then swipe up from the bottom to the top. Depending on your security settings, your iPhone may unlock automatically after scanning your face, or it may require you to enter a numeric code.

Alternatively, you can also press the side button to wake the screen and then swipe up or use an Apple Watch to unlock the iPhone.

Why does my iPhone screen turn off during a call?

The iPhone’s built-in sensors automatically detect when the device is close to a surface, such as your face, and will turn off the screen. This automatic process does not end phone calls and is done primarily to prevent accidental opening of apps or pressing of on-screen buttons. It can also save battery life by not turning on the screen when no one can see it.

Because of this screen feature, you don’t need to manually lock your iPhone screen before or during a phone call. The iPhone screen should turn off as soon as you hold the smartphone up to your ear and will automatically turn on again when you pull the iPhone away.

If the iPhone screen doesn’t turn back on during a phone call, tap the screen once or press the side button.


  • How do I prevent my iPhone screen from locking?

    To keep the iPhone screen on, go to Settings > Screen and brightness > Automatic lock > Never. Alternatively, you can choose a delay of up to five minutes to give your phone more time before it locks.

  • How do I change the lock screen on my iPhone?

    To change the lock screen on iPhone in iOS 16 and later, long press the lock screen and tap Plus (+) > add new. You can choose a new background image, customize the day and date and change fonts and colors.

  • How do I change my iPhone lock screen password?

    To change your iPhone lock screen passcode, go to Settings > Password > Change Password. Press Password options to change whether the password is numeric based or contains letters. If you forget your passcode, you’ll need to put your iPhone in recovery mode to recover it.

  • How do I hide notifications on the iPhone lock screen?

  • How do I fix the time on the iPhone lock screen?

    To fix the time on the iPhone lock screen, turn the Set automatically option for Date time off and on again. Incorrect date and time may affect the Calendar app, so check your Calendar settings.

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