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I usually use my phone without a lock screen, so I can start using it by just pressing a button. Problem is, the camera and volume buttons on my Motorola Milestone are really light, and are easy to press accidentally in my pocket.

Since it already has a proximity sensor, is there a way I can tell it to completely ignore key presses when the proximity sensor detects something? My intention is to keep it from activating the touch screen if I accidentally press one of the physical buttons while it's in my pocket.

EDIT To be clear:
I want the safety of not activating my phone when it's in my pocket, and I want the convenience of not having to go through an unlock-the-screen step when it's not in my pocket.

It might be asking too much, but I thought I'd give it a try. I've read that Tasker might be able to achieve that, but I don't really know how it works and have no idea if it supports that functionality.

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    Well, that is the purpose of a lock-screen, isn't it? You don't want to use the lock-screen, but you want some functionality that mimics a lock-screen?
    – ale
    Commented Jan 7, 2011 at 16:28
  • I want the best of both. :-) I want the safety of not activating my phone when it's in my pocket, and I want the convenience of not having to go through an unlock-the-screen step when it's not in my pocket.
    – Malabarba
    Commented Jan 7, 2011 at 16:41
  • I'd say use a really simple lock screen, like the "Puzzle" one ... 0.1 seconds and you're in. Commented Jan 7, 2011 at 18:09

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Tasker can switch on/off the lock screen and can trigger events based on the orientation of your phone.

So you could set up an event in Tasker that enabled the lock screen when your phone is oriented vertically but upside down, then always place your phone in your pocket that way up.

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  • Ok that's helpful. So tasker really can't check for the proximity sensor? =/
    – Malabarba
    Commented Jan 11, 2011 at 21:01
  • I tested it out and it can use the proximity sensor, but it's very shaky, so I decided to go with your idea.
    – Malabarba
    Commented Feb 8, 2011 at 5:41
  • Cool, hope it worked out OK! :) Commented Feb 8, 2011 at 17:23
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Proximity Autolock is an app that uses the proximity sensor to lock the phone when it is in your pocket, and you can disable the lock screen via the settings.

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