Cold outside? Enable Glove mode on your Lumia 950!

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Guest writer Arpolend Sevostyanov is back with a little hack, adding 'Glove mode' back to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. It's a geeky hack, so only proceed if you're feeling confident, but it does add something which has previously only been seen on 950 prototypes.

Arpolend writes:

As the cold season has begun, I've started noticing people taking off their gloves to use their iPhones or other devices. While that's fine in some climate, in the northern countries it's getting much more inconvenient. In my city it's already getting beyond -10C, so anyone would try to avoid leaving his hands exposed for even a few seconds. That's when I’ve realized how much am I used to Nokia phones with their special features other manufacturers lack nowadays. The 'glove mode'  present on the Nokia Lumias, combined with the iris scanner solution for biometrics (on the 950) makes other phones look silly.

But now you’d say: "The iris scanner? That's on the 950, but I can't find any toggle for the glove mode in settings!". Yep, that's the problem we’re going to solve…

First some theory:

The whole thing’s happened because on the early days of the Lumia 950 line, Microsoft had problems with battery life and the super sensitive display tech was making things even worse, so they decided to disable it in the software. The Windows 10 Mobile power management has improved since then, but at this point Microsoft had no interest in making any changes to those phones. But compared to other things that can't be done easily, turning on the 'glove' mode is only one or two taps and, if you're lucky, you’ll not even need to use the interop unlock! Just follow this short guide:

  1. If you have problems between other steps, you've proved to be unlucky and you need to do the interop unlock first, but before performing/using this try to do other steps below without it.
  2. Download the interop tools app [editor's note: see the Interop Tools download link in this tutorial] and get it working.
  3. Now download this file, 'Gloves_Touch_Lumia950.reg', on your phone (be careful, don't try to run this on your PC😊)
  4. Go to Interop Tools, select "Registry", then "Import a file" and use the file from the previous step. (or change the following keys by yourself):
  5. Restart your Lumia 950.
  6. Go to Settings and check if the glove mode switch has appeared In Extras. If not, interop unlock the phone first and repeat everything.


The same method can be used to enable this setting on other models, but you won’t see such an improvement as on the 950 range.

Glove mode

By the way, there is a very interesting thing I’ve noticed after using the glove mode on my Lumia 950: Just recently, I’ve got my hands on the new Surface Pen and somehow came to the idea to try using it with the Lumia. And, to my surprise, with the glove mode on, it worked the same way as on the videos about the 950’s prototypes (it works only when using the eraser). So now I have some doubts about some special screen tech on those. Maybe that was just the glove mode allowing them to work with the pen.