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Pocket Dialing

Pocket Calling — or Butt Dialing — is when your cell phone inadvertently initiates a call from within your pocket or handbag. We’ve all made these calls, and received them. Hello? Hello? Helloooooo?

The same “speed dial” shortcuts that make calling easy, often make it accidental.

Here’s the simple way to prevent making these calls: “sleep” your phone before you put it in your pocket or handbag.

Seems obvious, yet many of us don’t do it.

If you use your phone and put it in your pocket before the screen goes dark, the phone is still awake, and susceptible to inadvertent button pushing. If your screen is dark (the phone is sleeping), there are no live buttons to be bumped and activated.

Note that “sleeping” is different from “off.” When your phone is sleeping, it will still ring, beep, and ding. When your phone is off, it will not notify you of any incoming messages until you turn the phone on.

To sleep your phone, either wait until the screen goes dark on its own, or push the power button to force the phone to sleep. To power off the phone, hold the power button down until the phone asks if you wish to power it down.

Take the extra second to sleep the phone; your friends will not miss your butt calls!