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How to protect your phone from pocket dialing and texting random people

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How to protect your phone from pocket dialing and texting random people
Is there anything more annoying and frustrating than your phone dialing or texting random people while you think it’s just quietly resting in your pocket? We’ve had this happen so many times: sometimes, after a night out partying, we’d find our camera feed filled with tens if not hundreds of images that our smartphone not so smartly photographed while resting in our pocket. Other times, it’d text our friends a random string of letters, and on more exotic occasions, it’d update our Facebook status.

The first couple of times this happens, you might find it funny to see your phone lives a life of its own, but after a while this just gets annoyingly embarrassing. Not having to deal with such issues is one reason why we absolutely love fingerprint scanners in phones like the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5.

Is there any easy way to protect your phone without having to type in a PIN code or a hugely complicated pattern, though?

There is one nearly perfect software solution, but it only works on the exotic (at least for our Western part of the world) Xiaomi phones and their MIUI (pronounce My UI) custom ROM. Called a ‘misuse’ protection option, it basically detects when your phone is in your pocket by using the proximity sensor, and anytime you accidentally push the lock, the phone receives a command to lock the display back off momentarily.

Luckily, there is an Android app that does just about the same. It’s called Battery Keyguard, it’s free, and at the moment, it’s only available on the XDA Developers forum.

How to protect your phone from pocket dialing and texting random people
Better Keyguard is actually nothing more than a Tasker profile exported as an Android APK. It is programmed to enable the proximity sensor for 1 second, every time the display is switched on. If the sensor is not covered in that particular moment, nothing will happen, but if it is, the screen will be turned off right away, so no accidental pocket dialling can occur.

We tried it on our Motorola Moto G smartphone and it worked just fine. There are a few things you need to do for the app to work, though: first, you’d need to give it admin rights (go into Settings -> Security -> Device Administrators, and mark Better Keyguard). 

On some smartphones, inside the app, you’d need to check “Try to disable built in” option. And finally, on some smartphones, the app won’t work with a pattern lock - you need to switch to no lock at all (go to Settings -> Security -> Screen Lock -> select None).

And that’s it. Now, do you need something like this, and does your phone pocket dial random people? Let us know in the comments below.

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posted on 28 Apr 2014, 06:10 16

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 10358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nice buns

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 06:29 7

4. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 381; Member since: 24 May 2011)


I came to this article only to look at the picture :-P
seriously though my miui has this feature and I never used it simply coz in my 8 years of phone usage, I have never pocket dialed anyone.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:05 3

11. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1208; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


same here. I have never done it either. But nice buns

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:39 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 10358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I hear u on that

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:04

10. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just knew some of the early comments were gonna be about the pic...lol.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:39 3

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 10358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Stevie Wonder would notice that package lol

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:38

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3843; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Those are decent, not anything even close to special...

Instagram: grams_best for killer buns.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 12:06 1

25. Sauce (unregistered)


You must be one of them inconsiderate folk who don't understand the value of a great ass, only looking at bodacious insane curves.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 13:11 1

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3843; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I really don't get your post...

If you think that girl in this pic has a GREAT a$$ then you are DEFINITELY watering down GREAT ass everywhere...

There is GREAT a$$ & then there is this picture which is the norm, which is NOT GREAT...

When something is GREAT, it's unique, hard to come by, if you are labeling this picture are GREAT then I kinda feel for you man...

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 14:00 1

27. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Get lost

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 08:42 4

20. Anchorman86 (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


PhoneArena is indeed an Ass-et to the tech community...

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 09:29 1

21. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Weekly PhoneArena Clickbait special.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 11:27

24. JunitoNH (Posts: 863; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Really??? They look flat, like pancakes.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:49

32. trustory (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


you mean cakes (;

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 06:15 7

2. dratomic (Posts: 455; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


dat assss

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 06:39 3

6. tech2 (Posts: 1869; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


If someone with an ass like that pocket dials me, I wouldn't mind one bit.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 08:14 1

16. akki20892 (Posts: 3300; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yoga pant would be perfect.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 14:09

29. iLoveAmexica (Posts: 47; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


dat dr.atomic's niqo head

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 06:24 4

3. Sealblaighter (Posts: 29; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


How could this happen? You lock the screen and everything is OK. I never had such a problem.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 06:30 3

5. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 414; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Dat BlackBerry 9900.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 10:53

23. nofear (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Dat would be 69.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 06:39

7. ngyixian96 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


Xperia Z had this feature before. I experienced. But this feature gone after I updated to android 4.3.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 06:44 2

8. pureviewuser (Posts: 123; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Can it be triggered off by farting?

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:03

9. engineer-1701d (Posts: 573; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


lol right i think the pic will be the only reason people read this article today haha

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:45

15. whburling (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


I definitely experience this problem. It is VERY real for me. Unfortunately my phone is old (samsung sch-i760) so i don't think i will find an app for it.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 08:14

17. Anchorman86 (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


That's the most action a Blackberry has seen in years...

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 08:24

18. iphoneman37 (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Never had it happen to me since they came out with lock screens my old candy bar phones would dial back in the day nice butt.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 08:28

19. nasznjoka (Posts: 326; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


lol!!!!!

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 09:32 1

22. Diablo2424 (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


Just in the last week my phone dialed 911 from the "emergency call" option on my lock screen. and yes I use a pattern, this is happening on my Galaxy S 4 Active (Stock 4.3.1 Rooted).

I simply installed XPosed Framework, Wanam Module and under Lockscreen, I hid the Emergency Call Button - Problem solved :-D

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 08:03

31. tsd71 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Does anyone know how to remove the Emergency Call button on a non-rooted Galaxy S4 and S5? Because of this supposed safety feature, I have pocket dialed 911 numerous times, causing the police to respond and locate me. If Samsung would use an emergency slide instead of a simple button push, that would solve the problem.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 14:01 2

28. RandomUsername (Posts: 414; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


butt dial with a turned off screen???? How is that even possible?

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 08:10

30. Raouf (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)


EUREKA!
I've found it!

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