iOS 7 -- declining phone call

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by caesarp, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    So I notice that when the phone is locked, there is no decline button when a call comes in. You can only choose to:

    1. answer

    2. remind yourself in an hour

    3. send message to caller

    (when your phone is not locked when the call comes in, you get an option to decline call).

    So if I don't want to send myself a reminder, how do I immediately decline the call when a call comes in while the phone is locked. Is there a way to do that, that I am missing? Some set up option or something?
  2. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Press the Power button twice. Once silences it, twice declines it.
  3. macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Exactly! As it has always been - since the year dot!
  4. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Too bad they got rid of that option when the phone is locked. And too bad they made the remind and message buttons just be plainly accessible when the phone is locked, something that goes against the whole concept of how things function on the lock screen. All are steps backward without any reason (aside from maybe purely aesthetical ones, which is a really poor approach to actual usability).
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    I don't get it. What is the reason for no decline button when locked. But decline when unlocked?
  6. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    I guess with the current design they didn't want that to be available like the remind and message buttons where you can accidentally dismiss the call in your pocket/purse or while taking the phone out. When the phone is unlocked it's generally in use, so there's less of an accidental use of something. That said, if they kept the slider button to reveal additional choices (like they had in iOS 6) that would cover it.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2012
    It's yet another pointless removal of a useful feature by iOS 7.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2014
    (edit) I just realized someone above said this already, but I'll leave it because I personally appreciate this change.

    This actually makes sense to me.

    At first, I was just as frustrated as the rest of you. However, I just remembered that with my last phone (HTC One), I was constantly accidentally declining calls while pulling my phone out of my pocket. This change in iOS eliminates the problem, but still allows me to decline the calls that I want to with the aforementioned method.

    So...thanks, Apple! :cool:
  9. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    In iOS 6 when Apple made decline available on the lock screen it was behind a pull up menu so it was fairly hard to activate it accidentally anyway, while the feature was still available if you wanted to use it.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2014
    I see your point. Personally, I usually hit the sleep/wake button anyway to silence the ring/vibration, so one more tap to dismiss just works for me.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
    I would like apple to just get rid of "slide to answer" and just provide the same incoming call options when the phone is locked just as it is when it's unlocked.
  12. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Talk about a bunch of accidental declines or acceptances of calls then.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
    I would just like some consistency and I hate that ios 7 removed a useful feature from 6.

    I honestly don't see the need for slide to answer and how would it be accidental?
  14. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Things on the lock screen should require more than a simple tap to be activated, that's why pretty much everything there requires some sort of movement, be it to unlock, to go to a notification, to answer a call, etc. It's not really about consistency with how it works when it's unlocked, it's about how a locked phone should behave and pretty much everything requiring some deliberate action (like a slide) to activate it when the phone is locked.

    As far as removing a convenient feature, I agree, it would have been nice to have it. It did only show up for one iOS version though, so not really something that was there for that long for so many people to truly rely on it, although that doesn't mean it's not useful. Still, even in iOS 6 it still required a movement action to even show up first.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2009
    If the phone is in your pocket and rings, taking it out your pocket could answer your call if it was a simple push button to answer, slide to answer can't be done all that easily by accident.

    Odds are, if the phone is unlocked it's in your hand or on the desk, so a single answer button is more convenient.

    It's just a bit of common sense in the planning ;).

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