How to Prevent Side Button From Ending Call on iPhone


Pressing the Side button on your iPhone is a natural reaction. However, if you do it while your on a phone call you’ll hang up on whoever you were speaking to. Whether you have a bad habit of pressing the Side button and hanging up on people, or you keep pressing the Side button accidentally and bringing calls to a close, Apple makes it easy to change your settings so the Side button will no longer end calls on your iPhone.

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Steps to Prevent Side Button From Ending Call on iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone. You’ll land on the Settings screen.
  2. Scroll down this menu, and then tap “Accessibility” to open this menu.
  3. Navigate to the Physical and Motor section, and then tap “Touch” in this section. The Touch screen is displayed.
  4. Scroll down until you see the option for Prevent Lock to End Call, and then tap the toggle next to that option to turn it on. Going forward pressing the Side button when you’re in a phone call on your iPhone will no longer end that call.

Reasons for Letting the Side Button End Phone Calls on iPhone

Now that you understand the steps to stop the Side button on your iPhone from ending phone calls, let’s look at a few reasons why you may want to leave it alone:

1. One-handed Operation

The Side button can be accessed with one hand, and you can end a call incredibly quickly. If you disable the use of the Side button to end calls on your iPhone, you have to go through the motion to pull the phone down and tap the “End Call” icon on the screen. It’s not a lot, but it does add time, and requires you to use two hands to operate your iPhone.

2. Safety

The ability to end a call quickly is a good safety feature. It may not be ideal for every situation, but in a scenario where you have to make an emergency call where you have one hand preoccupied, it can enable you to multitask and make multiple phone calls with one hand.

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