How to wake your Android phone without keys, voice or tapping gestures

How to wake your Android phone without keys, voice or tapping gestures
The screens and bodies of our smartphones are getting larger with each refresh cycle, and with that some everyday actions we were used to do in a certain way, are no longer feasible. We aren't even talking thumb-typing with one hand here, as handsets have long passed the size for that particular convenience, but also simply unlocking the screen is now a chore. You have to fumble for power/lock keys that are not always placed in the most ergonomics of places, especially on 5"+ phones, risking to drop the handset with the simple act of waking it up. If it wasn't so tricky, manufacturers wouldn't be coming up with ingenious ways to unlock the displays on our supersized handsets, like buttons on the back, shouting phrases, or tapping the screen to wake the phone up.

What if your smartphone was smart enough to use its built-in sensors for registering when you've picked it up, and once again when you have tilted it towards your face, so it lights up automagically. Yep, there's that, thanks to the power of third-party developers that Android is milking all the way. There's a new app, called WakeMe, which does precisely what we just described - it monitors your phone's sensors, and knows to wake the phone up when it is moved, and then tilted at a certain angle, which usually means you are making the screen parallel to your eyes. Granted, the interface leaves something to be desired, but it works, so here's what needs to be done to make unlocking your phone without even touching a button or the display:

1. Download the WakeMe app, install and open. From the settings, press "Start automatically monitoring."

2. If you want to immediately test and start using the app, press the "Disable device administrator button," and then tap on the big red "Lock screen now" one;

3. Test the app by leaving the phone on the side, then picking it up, and tilting to your face - if it works satisfactory for you, leave it that, or you can go in the WakeMe's configuration settings, and adjust the amount of tilt needed to unlock the phone, as well as the monitoring duration to the desired values. You can also set the app to start monitoring the sensors immediately after the screen is locked;

4. If you want more options, like loading the app upon reboot, or a simple widget for the homescreen, you'll have to get the PRO version for $2.71, but the free version should work well enough for most handsets Android 2.3 and above, too.

source: cb56 (XDA-Devs)

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14 Comments

1. Biglurr54

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Gravity Screen does the same thing for free and its easy to use with a lot more options. I havent used my power button in a while. My screen magically knows when to be on and when not to be on. If you dont have one of these apps get one youll never go back to buttons. Its 2014 after all.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Great idea. But if I'm picking it up, I can tap power button easy enough instead of extra overhead of software an power consumption. Though for some folks this might be great.

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's one of the reasons why the low powered cores on Moto's phones works so well. In concert with the amoled display, the LPCs give you that ability without the battery and resource usage you might see with other processors or with an LCD screen trying to duplicate Active Display. Same goes for Touchless Controls, however anything using a SD800 and above gives you that ability, although I can't recall if it also uses low power cores to accomplish that.

4. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

"How to wake your Android phone without keys, voice or tapping gestures" Call your cell # from another phone. That'll wake it up!

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

If you have lg phone...you should hit on the surface near it.. It'll wake up by itself....

5. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Tried it. Works good on my Moto G.

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Doesn't it consume a lot of extra battery power though?

8. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

The power/unlock key on my phone SGS3 is in a fairly ergonomic place. I've never had any issues unlocking it.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

When I had an S3, you could also wake it using the physical home button. Much simpler if it's lying face up.

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

That works on any phone with physical home buttons.

10. safi.2905

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

Is there any app which automatically knows when i want my phone and just defies the gravity and automatically comes in my hand!!!!!!!!!! Bull sh**!! I mean how much time does it take to press a freakin button?? And the amount of battery it is going to drain running in the background unnecessarily ...

12. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Still prefer the beloved Double Tap to unlock!

13. TeritorialDemon

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

It's amazing to see how lazy alot of people are. Like certain comments that I have read, How hard is it to push a button? You are holding the phone anyhow, right? I believe the button is safer than an app anyday.

14. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

What you said is correct but people do prefer something extra out of their phone. Secondly its not always convenient to press button to unlock it so they prefer something like this. I myself prefer not to touch power button. I touch only twice a day- to turn the phone on in the morning & to turn it off at night. I find nothing wrong with it. I don't use a app but have a kernel installed.

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