"Slide To Unlock" Bar Acting Weird

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by HitmanX, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2007
    In the past few days I have noticed when I try to use the "Slide To Unlock" bar to access my phone or answer calls, sometimes it would have a big delay and not show the animation and sometimes not work at all! When it would not work I would press the button at the top and try again. I find this very anoying and I was wondering if anyone else was having these kind of problems? Thanks
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2006
    I had this problem as well, a simple restart fixed everything.
  3. macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    once or twice, but have it in the car hooked to mt bluetooth so really never touch it....
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007
    Palm Beach
    Turn Power Off

    I've been using my iPhone for about a week now and I've noticed quite a few bugs. Although I wouldn't really call most of them bugs. My opinion is that since you never really close a program, you just "minimize" it, for lack of a better term, eventually you bog the system down.

    I've read anecdotes of people complaining that they were watching Lost and talking on the phone and had 5 web pages open, and couldn't figure out why it became unresponsive.

    I had this slider problem too, and my best advice is to power down the iPhone every couple of days and restart it, much like you'd do with your home computer. From what I've read, and from personal experience, this seems to solve 99% of the problems. It would also help to remember that while this is an amazing phone/ipod, it is not a full fledged computer and thus, does have limitations. Remembering that will stave off loads of frustration.

  5. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007
    hmmm i've been having this problem as well....
  6. macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2007
    ya a simple power down and power back up fixed the problem. But its still anoying when you are not able to answer a phone call
  8. macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I found that when I was at the unlock screen and it was being unresponsive like that, I would slide my finger across the slider and hit the home button. That would usually work to get it to the next screen.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    i agree with that i think alot of people want it to do what a MAC or PC does. i think all we need now is i a cd burner built in. haha LOL.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I've had this too. I think it's either the memory being full or the CPU is being used by something else (maybe web pages in Safari). A reboot fixed it though.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007

    yes, i'm thinking there is something that randomly gets hung up and eats the CPU causing one of those days where the battery is empty before leaving work!
  12. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    I had a similar problem. Someone called me, I went to "slide to answer" and nothing happened. The whole thing just was unresponsive and I had to restart it to get it to work.
  13. macrumors 601


    Jul 1, 2007
    Southern California
    Even more annoying when you set your phone for your alarm in the morning and the onscreen snooze button is not responsive at all and the alarm won't stop. So then I tried to swipe the phone to get the alarm to shut off and the slide bar didn't move.

  14. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2007
    Seems like a pretty common problem. I hope apple tweaks the bar in the 1.1 firmware update. There must be a way to some how refresh the cache or something, for that particular thing. Then again I could be talking out of my ass, lol. Come on :apple: this is an important bug fix!
  15. macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2007
    mine gets funky sometimes. I just turn it off, and then back on. seems to fix it.
  16. macrumors regular

    May 28, 2007

    It's a phone that runs applications, so you have to expect that the ram is going to get clogged.

    The Phone application itself is usually the most resource intensive program that any smartphone runs.

    Welcome to the SmartPhone world.

    Windows Mobiles do it, Symbians do it, and so do iPhones.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2007
    Turn iPhone On...then Off...

    While this process works well, it can become quite annoying. But then again, it only takes a few seconds to "reboot" every few days, maybe even weeks for some. I can live with that....but I do hope Apple can come up with a fix for this, as well as other bugs....SOON.
  18. macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2007
    I have the same issue. Also rebooted but still didn't make this go away. Any other suggestion?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007
    My iPhone just started doing this today. Slider is unresponsive when unlocking and when i powered down. I also have been hitting home key to work around it. A restart seemed to fix it for now..hope it doesnt happen again
  20. macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2008

    Rebooting doesn't make the problem go away for me either.

    There is always a delay of a second or two before the slider detects my finger.

    Do you think it should go back to Apple for a warranty repair?
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    For me that would be a feature! Find it impossible to get out of bed in the mornings... :eek:

    I have had this problem before (last night was the most recent occurrence) leading to missed calls. Slightly annoying. But I then just pressed the lock/unlock button a few times and the screen started to work properly again. Hopefully after updating today it won't continue to happen.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    Just visual?

    While I've had the 'problem' of the slider bar not animating right, it's always detected the gesture I was doing.

    Which is to say ... even though the graphic may not move (for a split second) the phone still unlocks, and the call still gets answered.

    That's been my experience.

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