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App or setting to disable magnetometer (car /night stand mode)?

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  1. Droid421

    Droid421 Active Member

    Does anyone know of an app or setting to disable the magnetometer or prevent the phone from ever going into car dock or night stand mode when near a magnet? I work around magnets and am constantly pocket dialing someone because the screen becomes unlocked in my pocket. It will switch into car or night stand mode on it's own then randomly dialing someone or changing my alarm settings, etc...

  2. Lock the homescreen with a password or pattern?
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  3. Droid421

    Droid421 Active Member

    That did the trick! I set a lock screen pattern and now the lock screen comes on when I get close to the magnets but it doesn't actually unlock. The magnetometer still detects when I'm in range but the screen stays locked. No more pocket dialing!

  4. deftdrummer

    deftdrummer Well-Known Member

    There is also an app in the Marketplace called NoDock Free (and donate version eg "pro paid version." This app requires root, but it stops your phone from doing ANYTHING when it comes in contact with magnets on a hardware level, since you have to be rooted. On the other hand it doesn't require you to use a lock screen if you don't want to.

    I tried it for a bit, but ultimately I didn't have a problem with magnets, just not wanting the multimedia dock to open when I put it on for a charge. I have been using Dock Nothingness for the specific purpose of doing nothing when I place my phone in the dock.

    Has been working great so far, although I'm going to uninstall if also disabled my car dock, which I haven't tried out yet.
  5. Droid421

    Droid421 Active Member

    I'll check them out, but I think the lock screen solution will work for my situation. I don't have either dock so the only time it's a problem is at work near the magnets.

    Turns out it didn't work after all. I guess the magnets just weren't running as high that day when I was testing the lock screen solution. I've installed Dock Nothingness and tried testing it with a small perminate magnet at home. It seems to be working with this little magnet so I'll see what happens at work.

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