How to turn on your Android device with a hand wave gesture (no root!)

How to turn on your Android device with a hand wave gesture (no root!)
Remember when Samsung was really intent on making the Galaxy S phones "hands-free"? For the first time in history, we had the odd privilege of being able to wave at a smartphone (the Galaxy S4), and it would turn itself on so we wouldn't have to touch its pristine screen with wet, greasy, or plain nasty hands.

When it worked as advertised (say, 6 times out of 10), that feature was pretty awesome, beyond doubt. But for one reason or another, Samsung's competitors barely bothered to emulate it on their devices, and many Android phone owners missed out on this proximity sensor trickery. Luckily, accomplishing this same thing via third-party apps is perfectly possible, and you don't even have to root your smartphone or anything. It should work on every Android device that has a proximity sensor next to the front cam, which is a pretty common occurrence in this day and age.

Grab your smartphone or tablet and head to the slideshow below. You'll be amazed.


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8 Comments

1. SajeevanVeeriah

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Does this app drain battery?

2. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Yes, quite a lot. Tried it on my old HTC One V. Never using it again.

4. waddup121 unregistered

nice but no thanks!

3. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

This must eat a lot of power, good for show off only, I think.

5. Cyberchum

Posts: 1033; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Used apps like this on my Symbian Belle.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Useful if your power button is broken. Otherwise, it's just battery-draining gimmick.

7. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

...thank you Motorola and the IR sensors on the 2014 X for already providing this benefit!

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

How to empty your battery with a hand wave gesture.

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