It happens multiple times to the best of us. We inadvertently mishandle our phone and either accidentally dial someone who either answers or reaches their voicemail to hear every detail of our conversation.

Now another troubling mistake is happening with a text message pocket dial that includes an accidental voice recording that is sent without you even knowing it.  Don’t worry, follow this simple steps to keep all these unintended blunders from creating embarrassing moments.
 

HOW TO STOP POCKET DIALING

1) Make sure to lock your screen.

By auto-locking your screen, there is less likelihood of accidentally pressing a button.

iPhone:

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Tap “Display & Brightness”
    • In the “Auto-Lock” section, set to 30 seconds (this is the lowest time you can set this to)

3 Ways to Stop Pocket Dialing and Embarrassing Yourself

 

Android

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Go to “Security”
    • Click the gear icon next to “Screen Lock”

 

Samsung

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Go to “Security”
    • Click the “Lock Screen”
    • Click the “Secure Lock Settings”

 

Further, on a Samsung, you can block accidental touches while your phone is in a dark place like your pocket or your handbag. Here’s what you need to do:

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Tap “Display”
    • Go to “Block accidental touches” and swipe toggle to the right

 

2) Disable “Tap to Wake” setting

This feature gets your phone working if you simply tap it.  Disable this button so you are less likely to wake up your phone while it’s in your pocket.

iPhone:

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Go to “Accessibility”
    • Click “Touch”
    • Click the “Tap to Wake” toggle to the left

3 Ways to Stop Pocket Dialing and Embarrassing Yourself

Android

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Click “Lock screen and security”
    • Click “Lock Screen Display”
    • Click “on-body detection” and swipe slider to left to deactivate

 

Samsung

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Click “Advanced Features
    • Click “Motions and Gestures” and swipe slider to left to deactivate

 

HOW TO AVOID SENDING AN AUDIO TEXT MESSAGE ON AN IPHONE

3) Disable “Raise to Listen” feature

The first thing you should be aware of is that in your text message, you’ll note a microphone at the far right edge of your text box.  When you click it, you can record a voice message and then text it to someone right within the box.

3 Ways to Stop Pocket Dialing and Embarrassing Yourself

As you can imagine, many people (including myself), accidentally send voice messages to people by mishandling our phones.

Another way accidental recordings happen is that when you’re in a text message thread and hold your iPhone to your ear, your phone may be set up so that you can quickly listen and reply to incoming audio messages by raising your phone to your ear.  It will automatically start recording until you pull your iPhone away.  Here’s how to disable this feature:

iPhone:

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Go to “Messages”
    • Scroll to “Audio Messages” section
    • Disable the “Raise to Listen”. (slide toggle to the left)

3 Ways to Stop Pocket Dialing and Embarrassing Yourself

 

4) Set short times to expire audio messages

Unfortunately, we can’t disable the soundwave icon that appears in any given text box, but there is another option to make sure these audio messages that are sent expire.

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Go to “Messages”
  • Tap the “Expire” panel under audio messages
  • Set your audio message to expire in “2 minutes” (see image above for reference)

Do you have any fun stories where you accidentally pocket dialed someone?  Comment below.

 

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