Screen unresponsive when covering sensor by ear speaker

efuseakay

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covering up the sensor above the ear speaker at the top of the phone. Is this happening for anyone else?

If I cover it with a finger, no touches register on the screen at all. My guess is the phone is thinking it's being held up to the ear so it disabled the screen. I didn't notice this on any of the past iPhones.

Doesn't always happen btw.
 

thevlad

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But on a less serious note.. mine works fine even with the sensor covered. (6Plus)
 

tortex73

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Can't tell if joking or not... That's how it's supposed to be so it doesn't register touches when your phone is up to your ear. That is literally the whole point of that sensor.
 
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Can't tell if joking or not... That's how it's supposed to be so it doesn't register touches when your phone is up to your ear. That is literally the whole point of that sensor.
What we're saying, both, I think, is when covered with finger or hand, screen goes to black. This happened frequently for me on iPhone 5 which was annoying, but not on iPhone 6.
 

efuseakay

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Sorry I haven't come back until now. Just now, I was laying in bed watching some tv. Holding my Plus with my left hand, and had the sensor up top covered, the screen didn't dim, and no touches were registered. I know it's a function of the phone when the phone app is running, but this shouldn't be happening outside of that IMO.

It's not consistent either. Most of the time it works just fine, but every now and then if I happen to be covering up the sensor up top (not on purpose mind you), no touches register to the screen. It's not some serious bug or anything but it shouldn't be happening.
 

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Just tried it on my 5, held my thumb there for several minutes while typing this answer. The screen dimmed but that's all, everything kept working.


If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!

Sent from my iPhone 5
 

efuseakay

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This is on iPhone 6 correct? I've had it happen on the 5 but not 6.
6 Plus. Correct. It's totally at random and I can't even think of a sequence of events to try to duplicate it. Not the end of the world. :)
 

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if i place my thumb over it, the screen will not work also.