Check your iPhone 5 proximity sensor

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by michaelmccain, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2012
    I just got my iPhone an the proximity sensor is not working. It does not work with Siri even though I have raise to speak turned on. Also I believe the screen is supposed to dim when you're on a phone call. Is anyone else having this issue? I'm on the line with apple right now.
  2. macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
    You get anywhere with them? My phone is doing this too, but I have an alarm clock app that uses the proximity sensor to turn screen off when I put the phone face down, and that works just fine. Leading me to believe its a software issue, not necessarily hardware.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    North Carolina
    talked to my girlfriend for a few hours last night and I tried it a couple times...the screen tuned off when it got close to my face so mine is working fine
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Mine was playing up since the moment I opened it. Was on the phone with Apple for like 2 hours this afternoon. I did everything they told me too with no effect and so they are sending me a new one, which should arrive on tuesday/wednesday.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    I'm assuming you've all tested without a case or mirror/privacy screen protectors?
    Mine works fine
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2012
    Mine doesn't work too well for auto brightness.
  8. macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2010
    Tested mine last night everything is working as it should... for now lol
  9. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2007
    I am having similar issues with my iPhone 5 as well. It seems that during a call, placing phone up against ear/face will turn off the screen however I am noticing that phone seems to not dim even though AUTO BRIGHTNESS is turnt off. Also tested this after enabling RAISE TO SPEAK on Siri where it does nothing or me when held up to speak.

    Seems to be a software glitch as proximity obviously works on during phone calls. Anyone having these issues that have seemed to be able to resolve them?

    Also performed a holding power and home button restart already, issue still there.
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2012
    My iP5 screen goes black when raised to my face for a phone call. Siri raise to speak (it's turned on) is not working properly however.

    I've been able to get it to work a few times, but for the most part Siri will not kick in when raised to my ear.

    I'm hoping this will be a 6.0.1 fix. There is no way this phone is going back because as far as I can tell it's otherwise flawless (except for Safari not wanting to landscape now and then).
  11. macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2012
    I had this issue come up on my 4 and Apple replaced it. No proximity problems with my 4s or 5 (so far).
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2010
    Pasadena, Ca
    Mine works with calls the screen turns off then off when I remove it from my face but the auto brightness isn't working so I believe it's a software issue.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    Search for the auto brightness thread. It works differently on the 5. Go into settings, look at the auto brightness screen in a dark room, take a flash lite and shine it on the screen. Now remove the light. You should actually see the brightness bar change.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    I believe that the slider setting is now the minimum brightness used with auto brightness. It goes higher than this (and you'll see the slider move up), but never below this. Also the transition is more subtle as opposed to a huge jump from one to the other.

  15. macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012
    Me Too!

    I am having the same issues. I pre-ordered my iPhone 5 and got it a few weeks ago. I didn't really realize the problem until last week when I accidentally muted and put a few phone calls on hold.

    Now, I've tested during a call, tried using Siri's Raise to Speak feature, and watched as I change the ambiant lighting with Auto-Brightness on. None of these seem to work at all.

    I've tried a regular restart, a Reset Network Settings, and a Reset All Settings, none of which seem to have solved the issue. I guess I'll be calling Apple support or stopping by the Apple Store next.

    Until I have a chance, I found an app that just records where you touch the screen to leave open during calls. Not a great solution :/
  16. macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Already got my 5 replaced 2 weeks ago because power button issues and now my proximity sensor does not work.

    I know I'll probably get another replacement, just such a huge pain spending 45 minutes restoring all my apps, photos, and music to yet another replacement devices...
  17. macrumors 603


    Apr 6, 2007
    I just tested the proximity sensor on mine, and it's working right now.

    Interesting thing though: about a month ago, a few days after hurricane sandy, I was in a situation where I had to call 911. Much to the dispatcher's annoyance, the proximity sensor DIDN'T work during that call, and soon enough my face hit the keypad and I was face-dialing during the call.

    Haven't replicated it since, but then I haven't had to call 911 since, either.

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