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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SiempreTuna, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert
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    Strange one here ..

    Sometimes (usually when I've been moving about a bit), when I take my phone from my pocket I discover that it has done something like start the music player, turn on the torch or set do not disturb - basically things that can either be done from the lock screen or from the drag down options on the lock screen.

    It would appear that the power button is being pressed in the pocket and then the screen is registering a touch or a drag down and a touch. That all seems kinda plausible (though not so plausible it should happen so often), but I've never come across this issue with a phone in the past. I'm wondering if the fact the power button sticks out so far (much further than on any other phone I've had) makes it more likely to get accidentally pressed.

    Just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem?

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  2. lion7718

    lion7718 Android Enthusiast

    I use a holster, so I don't have your problem. But, I don't see how this could happen if you have a lock screen on...like the fingerprint scanner.
  3. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    I've had this problem before, but I can't remember which phone or Android version. I discovered it wasn't a power button issue, but when I got a notification, it would unlock the phone and since I always put the phone in my pocket with the screen facing in (against my leg) I'd get random things launching. :thinking:

    You can disable lock screen notifications or rearrange the icons on your home screen to see if this helps.
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  4. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I'll try to remember to have the phone screen facing out, see if that helps.

    I kinda rely on notifications for appointment reminders and the like for work so I really don't want to switch them off - my phone is my memory when it comes to meetings these days ;)
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  5. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    I have always been paranoid about bumping into the corner of a desk or table and cracking a screen, which is why I always keep my screen facing in.
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  6. mrdeucie

    mrdeucie Well-Known Member

    For some reason, I have had the same issue with the flashlight turning on and I don't notice it until I see the light shining through my trousers or when I feel my phone heating up.
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  7. exninja

    exninja Android Enthusiast

    Month-old thread, but I just got the phone.

    I noticed that some chair arms would hit the power button on my Nexus 5, even shutting the phone all the way down on occasion. Certain cases may make the problem better or worse. My case for my N5 didn't help since it had a protruding button, but my new N5X case may help since it has cutouts.
    #7 exninja, Feb 9, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2016
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  8. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I followed Lunatic's (I think) suggestion and try to remember to have the screen pointing out and I've noticed fewer problems recently.

    I guess a case that protected the power button would help but the phone is already so big I really don't want to have to go there ;)
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