Your phone is the most personal device you own. It is almost always with you and can hear, see and feel everything you do. But what if you want to turn off these sensors before, for example, entering a sensitive meeting?
While Android offers fast switches to disable location tracking and mobile connection, there is no direct option to turn off the rest of the phone̵7;s sensors such as the camera or microphone. Fortunately, Android has a hidden setting that allows you to turn off all your phone’s sensors in a single touch. How to use it.
Note that this option is only available for phones running Android 10 or higher.
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To do this, you must first enable developer options, a set of additional tools that Google bundles primarily for Android app makers. There is nothing for you to worry about as this is completely permissible and does not void the phone’s warranty. Google also mentions in its documentation that this feature, in addition to helping developers, “also provides users with a way to control the sensors in their device.”
To enable developer options, launch the “Settings” app on your Android phone, scroll down to the bottom of the menu, and open the “About Phone” section.
Find an option called “Building Number”. Samsung Galaxy owners can find the option in the “Software Information” section. Press it repeatedly until your smartphone asks you for a PIN code, pattern or password for the lock screen.
Enter your PIN, pattern or password and you will receive a cheering message that says: “You are now a developer!”
Go back to the settings page and navigate to System> Developer Options. Samsung owners will find “Developer Options” at the bottom of the settings menu.
Scroll down until you find “Development tab quick settings” and press the button.
Activate the “Sensors off” switch.
Now when you drag down the phone’s message screen from the top of the screen, you will have a new page in the quick settings bar called “Sensors Off.”
By default, Android adds “Sensors Off” as the first tile in the “Quick Settings” box. If you do not want it, you can move it by rearranging the panel.
When you activate “Sensors off”, the phone turns off most of its sensors including cameras, microphone, accelerometer, gyroscope and more. If an app like the phone’s built-in camera client tries to access any of these components, it will either return an error or refuse to work.
The rest of your smartphone, including Wi-Fi and cellular networks, will continue to function normally. Therefore, the “Sensors Off” option can be useful for specific scenarios, or if you are just looking for a more private mobile experience. With the quick setting, you can switch it on again with one touch.