Smartphones are now an integrated part of our life. It is almost always with you hearing, seeing, or sensing your activities. Android phones now come bundled up with multiple Sensors to bring new tech features for monitoring device movement, monitor environmental parameters, ambient light sensors, and many more. However, at certain times what we need is some privacy so our phone does not start buzzing or give an alert in the middle of an important task. While almost all smartphones offer quick options to turn off services like location or data services on your cell phone, few sensors cannot be turned off in an instant and can cause inconvenience. So to provide an uninterrupted environment when you are somewhere important, Android has a hidden setting that lets shut all your phone’s sensors off only in one tap of a button.
This can come really in handy when you are about to enter an important meeting or about to attend a zoom call. Previously the process of turning off all sensors, users needed to gain root access which is not easy for an average person and potentially may void their warranty too.
Note: This option is only available for phones running Android 10 or above.
Here are the steps on how you can turn off all sensors in one tap on your Android smartphone.
Following the below guide you will be able to turn off and turn on all of the sensors quickly by just pressing one single button. The sensors include the microphone, camera, light sensor, proximity sensor, GPS and more.
Steps to enable the option to turn off all the Sensors at once :
For the option to be available first, you must enable Developer Options, a set of extra tools Google bundles primarily for Android app makers. Google, in its documentation, also mentions that this feature, in addition to helping developers, also gives users a way to control the sensors in their respective devices.
- To activate this new setting, you’ll need to have a smartphone that’s running on or above Android 10.
- Open Settings. Scroll down and tap System. Then scroll down to the end of the screen and tap About Phone.
- Scroll down and find Build Number – and tap this seven times.
- Once you get to seven, you’ll have activated Developer Options. The phone delivers a message like the following: “You are now a developer!”
- Revisit the first Settings screen and find Developer Options and tap to open it. Sometimes, the setting is inside the Advanced option. If you cannot locate it, search for it using the search functionality in the settings app.
- Scroll down and find and tap on the “Quick settings developer tiles” option.
- Here, enable the toggle for “Sensors off”.
- you’ll find the Sensors Off option in your quick settings from any screen – that’s up by your notifications. (If, for any other reason, the toggle is not visible, tap on the edit button, and then drag and drop the toggle from the hidden to the visible section.)
Now that the “Sensors Off” is enabled, the phone shuts off most of its sensors including the cameras, microphone, accelerometer, gyroscope, and more. Any app for which I’ve disabled access to your camera or microphones will thereafter need to ask me for permission to gain access once again.
The rest of your smartphone, including the Wi-Fi and mobile network, will function as usual. Therefore, the “Sensors Off” option can come in handy for times when you need some private mobile experience. With this quick setting, you can turn it back on with one tap.