How to keep your Android from pocket dialing and embarrassing you
We’ve all been there—we’re on the phone with someone and accidentally hit the wrong button, not realizing that it was our Android dialing instead of hanging up the call we were already on. Sure, it’s funny the first few times, but that joke gets old quickly if it happens too often. If you’re tired of your Android pocket dialing, there are several easy steps you can take to prevent it from happening again.
Disable in pocket mode
If your phone constantly calls out of the blue, go into your settings on the lock screen. Head to Power button and press on Lock screen preferences. Scroll down the list until you see Do not disturb. Change it so that when your phone is in the front pocket of a pants or skirt, it will not vibrate or light up.
Check your apps are not misbehaving
If you are using a Samsung Galaxy phone, take a look at the Edge Screen settings. In the General section, uncheck the Enable Edge Lighting when Notification Received setting. This will prevent accidental notifications from turning on the display with a loud audible sound. If you’re using an LG phone, in Settings -> Display, turn off Always-on display. You may also need to disable notifcations for that app or completely uninstall it if it’s causing problems.
Turn off autofill
It is easy to forget about phone numbers in your address book that are not in use anymore, but if you have an old contact like a work colleague or a friend who does not call as often as they used to, it may be time for a quick cleanup. Just go into the Phone app and scroll down until you find Contacts. Select Contacts, then tap on the Menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen. Next, tap on Edit at the bottom of the screen.
Use a case
What can be worse than receiving a phone call at an inopportune time? Getting a phone call when it was never actually placed. One way to prevent this from happening is by using a case that has a built-in magnet to disable the on-screen touch function, thereby making it impossible for you, or anyone else with access to your device, from accidentally calling someone.
Or just remove the battery!
Pocket dialling happens when your phone is in a confined space like a back pocket and you press the call button, causing it to call the last number that was on the screen. This can be extremely embarrassing because there’s no way of knowing who or what they are calling. So how do we stop this from happening? Well, it’s actually pretty easy!
It all starts with making sure that the lock button on your phone is switched on so that your device won’t randomly call people while in your pocket.