There are two types of iPhone users. Those who inadvertently activate the lamp and keep it lit in their pockets, and those who wonder why this happened to them.
According to Sarah Andrew Wilson, a book reader Washington Post And entrepreneurship in the digital world, the responsibility lies in part in the pockets, particularly in the absence of pockets in women’s clothing. With nowhere to stash her iPhone quickly, she happens to constantly scroll the screen with one hand while doing something else, and so she hits the flashlight button in the lower left corner of the screen.
“I feel judged in silence. Anyone looking at me would think I don’t know how to use my phone. But I’m working on it using technology! I know how to use it! I early adoptersays Wilson, 47. “So it’s essentially a limitation of Apple’s design.”
Wilson is not alone. Dozens of readers, and even more Twitter users, even young adults under the age of 22, say they are having problems with the flashlight.
The flashlight switch has been shown on the iPhone lock screen for several years. It’s located across from an almost identical button that activates the camera, and the light flashes with a light press. And turning on the flashlight inadvertently can drain your phone’s battery, dazzle someone, or just feel embarrassed (our tips on how to take fewer risks are at the end of the article). Apple declined to comment on the matter.
To track down the cause of the problem, I asked people to show me how they picked up the phone and put it away. Those who do not have problems with the flashlight are those who are careful not to touch the glass, taking care to hold the smartphone by the edges, as is the case with CDs. Most iPhone owners who have turned on the light hold the phone on top and bottom, as if it’s not a large piece of touch-sensitive glass.
The problem appears to affect all age groups. Tori Daniels, 25, says she inadvertently turned on her flashlight for years: She recently walked into a darkened room and realized her iPhone in her back pocket was lighting it up. According to Daniels, more of a user error is a problem with the positioning of buttons by Apple. “It’s comparable to when you have a zipper down. Embarrassment is relative. It’s something that makes you say, ‘Oh my God, but how many times has this happened to me?'” Daniels says.
Zain Jafar, 34, does not like strangers telling him there is a flashlight. “It seems to me that most of them say this in a condescending tone. They are Scapicolano to say to me ‘Excuse me sir… you have a torch’ and then grinned. I experience it similar to what happens when you drive and sound your car horn.”
Drew Turner, 40, doesn’t think people judge him if he lights up, but still teases him if they tell him something. He keeps his phone in his back pocket, often flashing his flashlight on everyone without him knowing. “It seems to be my problem alone, as it doesn’t seem to happen to everyone. But I don’t understand what I do differently.”
The issue of inadvertently doing things on cell phones has a rich history, from accidentally familiar contact matching. Calling someone unintentionally hasn’t happened that often since the screen lock was invented. But now we activate other things on our smartphones. Divya Goel, 25, says light bulb problem is a pervasive problem in her group of friends. But the flashlight doesn’t bother her so much as the camera, which once recorded an entire 10-minute conversation from her pocket. “It’s a little more annoying,” he says. Another common problem among iPhone owners is the accidental activation of the emergency SOS service, which can occur by pressing the side button for too long.
However, an accidentally turned on lamp seems to put most people in a difficult situation, perhaps because the result is so obvious. Many hate the sensitivity of the matter so much that they have come up with personal ways to turn off the light: some bypass the screen entirely and use Siri to turn it off (“Hey, Siri, turn off the lamp”). To quickly deactivate the flashlight, Michael Wong, 29, founder of a virtual reality startup, activates the camera. “I swipe a little to the right and the flashlight goes off. Suggests you swipe a little to the right instead of holding down the flashlight trigger.”
Less flashlight solutions
- Change the desired tap: Go to Settings → Accessibility → Touch → Haptic Touch. Set the tap duration to “long”.
- Disable Tap to Activate: Go to Settings → Accessibility → Touch. Disable the feature Touch to activate.
- Disable “Raise to wake”: Go to Settings → Display & Brightness. Disable the feature Upload to activate.
- Hold your cell phone differently: Always hold the phone by the sides and act as if the screen is always on.
- Get the iPhone Wallet Case – It comes in solid versions that cover the screen and prevent instant access to its features.
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