My hair or ear accidently activates hold/mute/speaker phone. how do I stop it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wannabelean, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. wannabelean macrumors 6502

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    Is there an app to lock the screen while talking so that I dont inadvertently activate something on the screen? Wasn't a big issue when I had shorter hair but now it is with my hair fall over my ears.

    Anybody else having this problem?
     
  2. troop231 macrumors 603

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  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    there is an app if jailbroken but i would return it to apple, looks likes yoru proximity sensor is not working, the screen is suppose to shut off if it senses its close to your ear so if its not is should be returned
     
  4. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502

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    It's a very common problem with the iPhone 4. Mine works perfectly. Take it to the Apple store and ask for a replacement.
     
  5. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Make sure your proximity sensor is clean? Shouldn't the screen blank automatically when it's up to your face?
     
  6. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

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    Are you using a case that could be blocking the prox sensor? My brother had an otter box that gave him the same problem.
     
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  8. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    True. I had an Otterbox Defender that guards the front-side camera, speaker, and prox sensor with a hunk of plastic that has holes cut out. But after living in my pocket for a few weeks, dust starts to collect in the holes and starts to block up the sensors. I actually anded up switching to the Otterbox Commuter because the Defender was too chunky. The Commuter has a fully open front side so sensor blockage isn't a problem anymore.
     
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  10. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    It's a proximity sensor, not a skin sensor. Hair shouldn't cause any problems.
     
  11. Fresh1 macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I mean, go watch Reservoir Dogs for helpful hints on removing the ear.
     
  12. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same problem so I usually use a headset and waiting for the iPhone 5 hoping that the issue will be "really" resolved.
     
  13. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    Does the problem get worse if u have hairy ears?
     
  14. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Take the phone to Apple and they should replace it for you.
     
  15. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Replace the phone, your hair, or your ear?
     
  16. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    :rolleyes:
    canttellifseriousornot.jpg , but anyways, the phone.
    "It" is a pronoun to refer to a thing previously mentioned, which in my sentence, would be the iPhone.
     
  17. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Wow... replies here are very helpful. OP: ask for a replacement or at least ask genius to check out proximity sensor. Mine came unplugged...
     
  18. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    I came here to post about getting it switched by Apple due to a faulty proximity sensor, and then I saw all these posts about replacing your hair or ear. Whichever of the three options you pick, make sure it's the right one.
     
  19. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    This happen to me once in a while! Its really suck because once I figure that its on mute the other person hung up! The worst thing is you only hit the Mute button and nothing eles! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?
     
  20. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502

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    Why? Because your phone is malfunctioning. Get it replaced.
     
  21. Saileshbreaker macrumors regular

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    This is what i do while talking :

    Click on the lock button once which locks the phone
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    Then after a few seconds i click it again, this turns off the screen so that you don't touch anything on it while talking

    Then once you are done talking, click on the lock button again :)
     
  22. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    this will hang up when you click the lock button(power):p

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    its not because i tested by placing my finger on the sensor and it turn off the screen. I guess it only does it once a while! But i had this problem with all iphone 4 in the past(had three of them)!
     
  23. Saileshbreaker macrumors regular

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    It won't if you follow the steps i told u, i use it everyday and works great for me mate :)
     
  24. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    Dude I just re-read your steps but I am SO CONFUSED :confused::confused::confused: Can you rephrase it?

    While talking you lock the phone? This will hang up!
     

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