Use Your Phone’s Screen Or Keypad Lock

A few minutes ago, my phone rang. The caller ID reflected someone whose call I wasn’t expecting on a weekend. I picked the call and said a “Hello”, but received no response. In the background at the other end of the call, I could hear the unmistakable voice of the caller apparently having a discussion with someone. It was clear to me that he had no idea that he had initiated a phone call. Perhaps the phone was in a pocket, or in a bag. After about 10 seconds into the call, and having satisfied myself that I wasn’t getting a response, I hung up.

The above scenario has been played out a hundred times over. A call from someone who was unaware that he or she had initiated an outgoing call. Consequently, such persons have their airtime depleted without knowing, and sometimes blame their network operators for stealing from them.

Use Your Screen Or Keypad Lock!

Screen Lock

Almost every single phone has a screen or keypad lock built into it. This means that you can lock your phone, so that the chances of accidental phone calls are minimized. Most phones let you manually lock up, but also offer the ability to set a time-based auto lock. You can set your touchscreen phone’s display to lock up after 5 seconds (and sometimes up to 30 minutes) of not being used. You can set many to lock up immediately. Same goes for phones with keypads. The keys can be set to auto lock too. You can also add a password, so the display or keypad cannot be unlocked without entering a password.

Do set up your mobile phone to auto lock after a period of not being used. You do not want to initiate an accidental call while having a private conversation with a friend or …ahem…talking dirty with your spouse in bed.

How To

On Android smartphones, it can be found in Settings -> Security -> Automatically lock

On Windows Phone smartphones, go to Settings -> Lock+Wallpaper

On all other phones, the lock options will generally be found in the phone’s settings.

To be fore-warned…..

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1 comment for “Use Your Phone’s Screen Or Keypad Lock

  1. March 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I used to have an app when I was using Symbian.

    It used the proximity sensor to lock the screen when the sensor is covered ( by putting it in an enclosure like a pocket or handbag)

    On android, using a touchscreen phone, it is practically impossible to accidentally or inadvertently dial a number.

    I suppose physical qwerty based phones are more susceptible to this, another reason to embrace the modern touchscreen age!

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