I have a Samsung Captivate Glide phone running 4.0.4 on the AT&T network.

Unfortunately, I have pocket called 911 at least four times. To call 911 on my phone you have to:

  1. Activate the lock screen
  2. Swipe near the bottom of the screen on "Emergency Call"
  3. Press on the screen

I think that this is how it happens:

  1. I unplug the phone from the charger (which wakes the phone up from sleep and shows the lock screen)
  2. I slide the phone into my pocket without looking at it (which does the swipe)
  3. The button gets pressed in my pocket

How can I stop this from happening? I'm hoping for something like an app that replaces the lock screen, or a setting to change it from a single button press to actually dialing 9-1-1.

For clarification, I have not rooted this phone.

  • 1
    There are lots of lockscreen replacements, like Go Locker, that might help. Unfortunately, I don't know if this is a sure-fire solution for you - and I don't know how to disable that feature on your default lockscreen.
    – dotVezz
    Oct 30, 2013 at 14:38
  • Do you have root?
    – Compro01
    Oct 30, 2013 at 15:46
  • I tried Go Locker, but it replaced my home screen as well as my lock screen. I didn't want to have to reconfigure all my widgets and shortcuts on the home screen, so I uninstalled it. Oct 31, 2013 at 16:21
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    I always turn the screen back off before putting it in my pocket. If you could get into this habit, it would solve your problem I think.
    – Reid
    Oct 31, 2013 at 17:50
  • 1
    A simple workaround in the below post... it worked for me. android.stackexchange.com/questions/7731/…
    – user68503
    Jul 29, 2014 at 22:21

2 Answers 2


I added several additional emergency contacts using these instructions.

Now 911 is just one of several numbers that can be called from the emergency call screen. I made most of the numbers "dummy" numbers that don't actually connect. While this probably won't prevent all emergency pocket calls, at least 911 shouldn't be a common selection any longer.


Just search for lockscreen in the Google Play Store. There are many lockscreen replacers available. I think Start might be a good one to start with.

Make sure to read the instructions on these apps. Some require other apps like GO Locker (requires GO Launcher) to be installed first.

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