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I cracked the screen of my LG Nexus 5 (running Android Lollipop 5.0.1). This seems to have made the proximity sensor go haywire. Now, whenever I make a call, the screen immediately goes black and stays that way. Hitting the power button makes it come back for a fraction of a second sometimes but not reliably.

I've enabled 'power button ends call' just to have the option of ending a call, but calling automated services to top up my phone credit or pay a bill is impossible since I have to use the on-screen keypad to which I have no access.

I have used the ProximityScreenOff-Lite app before upgrading to Lollipop and it was working. After the upgrade, however, no matter what settings I use it doesn't work any more. Is there a way to force the screen to stay on during a call in stock Android 5.0.1? Are there any other apps to try? Anything to just completely disable the proximity sensor since its useless as it is anyway?

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    Just so you don't think you're crazy, I have this exact issue. Cracked screen, can't use Google Hangouts for calls because the screen immediately goes black. Sometimes cleaning the glass over the sensors at the phone helps for a call or two. – Jess Riedel Dec 31 '14 at 20:50
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Proximity Fix app helped me on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and in the reviews, fixed it for Nexus 4 as well. Maybe it is worth a try?

EDIT: Disable Proximity Sensor AOSP thread may give a pointer on disabling proximity sensor by echo command.

  • Sure! Keep up the good work. :) – Firelord Oct 30 '15 at 8:55
  • Proximity Fix app doesn't exist anymore... – rogerdpack Sep 20 at 16:17

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