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.

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36 Comments

35. kbmokc

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

THANK YOU! I turned OFF the phones original lockscreen. I installed a lock app. and it works fine.. and no more emergency easy call the police part on the screen! I had clocked out from work today.. went to call someone on my phone.. and realized my phone had called 911 all by itself IN MY POCKET fifteen minutes before I even clocked out! I NEVER KNEW IT. omg.. that is NOT ok ever! So this FIXED my problem! THANK YOU THANK YOU for this article! :) I am SURE the cops have some charges for that happening over and over.... and I did not want to find out anymore about that the hard way! You saved me!!

34. Danki567

Posts: 1; Member since: May 24, 2016

If you download Touch Lock by DGApps from Google play, you will never have this issue again. The easiest way to find it is to search pub:DGApps (it is case sensitive) on Google play and from the short list select touch lock

33. StevenStanleyBayes

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

In order to understand better how the proximity sensor powers down the screen as well as to read the values of the proximity sensor in the notifications, you may wish to use the application I am to provide you with. You can always uninstall the application whenever you wish without a trace. In addition, the application will allow you to virtually disable the proximity sensor and prevent the screen to be powered down when in calls, made or received. Here is how. How to download and install : Look for Version 2.0 or higher of Proximity Sensor and Screen by Steven Stanley Bayes. The application does not require neither root access nor any third party frames nor products. Here is more information how to download and install the application : OR Go to Google Play Store with your device. Click " APPS ". Click the magnifying glass of the search. Type exactly, character by character, : **************************************************​************* Proximity Sensor and Screen by Steven Stanley Bayes **************************************************​************* PLEASE, NOTE : MUST BE TYPED EXACTLY AS SHOWN, EXACTLY AT THE " APPS " TAB OF GOOGLE PLAY STORE, BECAUSE THE SEARCH ENGINE OF GOOGLE PLAY STORE IS VERY SENSITIVE. Click on the displayed app with the same name and author to download and install. The application is also available in many other app stores and online which may or may not show after a general purpose search with google.com and a web browser but some forums where the links are posted may show. READ THE INFORMATION INSIDE THE APPLICATION FIRST.

30. Raouf

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

EUREKA! I've found it! xum.ir/images/2014/04/29/fun-friends.jpg

28. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

36. kbmokc

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

well today it happened for me... apparently the little tiny button on the side that turns on the phone that shows the lock screen.. must have been pushed while I was bending and standing doing my job.. then something else in my pocket hit the emergency touch part and something else hit the 911 part.. I could NOT believe it could happen.. but apparently it does.. they never called me back either! What if it was me trying to get help.. no call back.. WOW. but yes it happens.. I just started this job a few days ago.. it would have been embarrassing if the cops showed up to my work and called me in front of my boss and new co workers that know nothing about me yet.. lol

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.

19. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

lol!!!!!

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.

17. Anchorman86

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

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

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.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

8. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Can it be triggered off by farting?

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.

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.

3. Sealblaighter

Posts: 442; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

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

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; 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: 31805; 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 pic...lol.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; 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.

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