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

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.

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.



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice buns

4. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 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.

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hear u on that

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stevie Wonder would notice that package lol

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Those are decent, not anything even close to special... Instagram: grams_best for killer buns.

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.

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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...

27. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Get lost

20. Anchorman86

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

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

21. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Weekly PhoneArena Clickbait special.

24. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Really??? They look flat, like pancakes.

32. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

you mean cakes (;

2. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

dat assss

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Yoga pant would be perfect.

29. iLoveAmexica

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

dat dr.atomic's niqo head

3. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

5. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Dat BlackBerry 9900.

23. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Dat would be 69.

7. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

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

8. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Can it be triggered off by farting?

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

15. whburling

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

17. Anchorman86

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

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

18. iphoneman37

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

19. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012


22. Diablo2424

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 29, 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

31. tsd71

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

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