How Do I Stop Accidental Calls on My iPhone?

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

The iPhone's ultra-sensitive touchscreen can be a blessing in most circumstances, but sometimes it can turn into a nuisance when you're on an important call with a colleague or client. Accidental touches and swipes while your phone is in a pocket or purse can result in unexpected calls, texts, and other actions — known as "pocket dialing." These mistakes can be embarrassing for both you and the person on the other end of the line and can lead to unwanted charges on your bill.

Fortunately, there are some easy ways to prevent accidental calls on your iPhone. In this article, we'll show you a few quick and simple tips that will help you avoid accidental calls while your phone is in your pocket or purse.

One of the easiest solutions to stop pocket dialing is to disable your iPhone's Raise to Wake feature, which activates the screen when you pick up your iPhone or move it away from your face. This feature can also be responsible for accidental calls if it misreads movements in your pocket or purse as a raise, especially if you're using a full-screen case that obstructs the proximity sensor.

To disable Raise to Wake, open the Settings app and tap on Display & Brightness. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and toggle off the Raise to Wake switch. Another option is to enable auto-lock on your iPhone, which will darken its screen after a set amount of time if you haven't touched or pressed any buttons. This can be an excellent solution for those who constantly forget to lock their phone before slipping it into their pocket or purse.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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