Whether the power button is not working on Android or you are just tired of pressing it all the time, there are numerous alternative ways to unlock and lock your Android device.
You can automate the whole process, double-tap to lock and unlock your Android, wake it up by moving your hand across the screen, and a lot more. Here are several ways to unlock and wake up your screen without a power button.
1. Let your phone wake up or sleep automatically
Gravity Screen relieves you of the manual work of turning your phone’s screen on or off without the power button. Not only does it eliminate the need for the power key, it also doesn’t require any interaction on your part.
Gravity Screen is a clever app that can detect your phone’s movements. Based on sensor data, it can unlock the phone as soon as you pick it up or pull it out of your pocket. The app can also work the other way around. So when you put your phone on a table or in your pocket, Gravity Screen will automatically turn it off.
You don’t have to do a lot to configure Gravity Screen. First, download the app from the Play Store. After installing it, launch it and grant the Device administrator Permission. That’s all.
However, in case you find it inaccurate, you can adjust the release angle. On the start page of Gravity Screen you will find simple bars for the pocket and table sensors. Drag and test different angles until you are satisfied.
Download: Gravity screen (Free premium version available)
2. Use the biometric sensors on your phone
Phones with fingerprint sensors or facial recognition capabilities don’t require a power button or third-party app to unlock your phone. All you have to do is swipe your finger or show your face. So when they are available on your phone, set them up. You should be able to find them at Settings> Security.
In addition, Android also has a software-based authentication mode with face unlock. It doesn’t require any special sensors and instead relies solely on the front camera to scan your face. Before you learn how to use it, keep in mind that it is nowhere near as secure as a PIN / fingerprint lock.
Android’s face unlock feature is usually at. available Settings> Security> Smart Lock> Trusted Face or Settings> Security> Face Recognition.
Biometric authentication includes the unlocking process. But what if you manually lock your phone and don’t want to wait for the screen timer to kick in? To lock your phone without a power button, double-tap the screen. Many modern Android devices have a double-tap function for unlocking and locking.
3. Double tap to lock and unlock Android
To see if double tap to turn on the screen and double tap to turn off screen features are enabled on your Android device, go to your Settings to take a look.
On a Samsung phone, you should too. walk Advanced Features> Movements and Gestures. The Motions and Gestures section has a number of convenient settings, including double-tapping to turn the screen on and off.
Alternatively, if tapping the screen to lock and unlock your Android device doesn’t work, you can use a third-party app like Screen Off.
Screen Off adds a handy shortcut to your phone’s home screen. You can tap on it to instantly lock your phone. The app also supports Google Assistant so you can say “Hey Google, Open Screen Off” and the voice assistant will automatically turn the screen off.
Download: Fade out (For free)
4. Wave to unlock and lock your phone
If you’re trying to wake up your screen without a power button, you can also replace the power button with your hands. An app called WaveUp lets you wake up or lock the phone by moving your hand over the proximity sensors. Similar to Gravity Screen, WaveUp can turn on the screen when you pull the phone out of your pocket.
In addition, you can customize the wave combinations. For example, to avoid accidentally triggering the service, you can ask WaveUp to only wake up the phone if you cover and uncover the sensor twice in a row.
WaveUp also has a quick setup process. By default, it’s activated with the unlock gesture. To use it to lock the phone, activate the Lock screen Option and grant the Accessibility Permission.
There are a handful of other settings you can adjust to make sure WakeUp doesn’t interrupt you when you’re playing a game, for example. You can exclude certain apps, add a buffer before locking it, so you have the option to pause it, set it to work in landscape mode, and more.
Download: WaveUp (For free)
5. Explore the other built-in gestures on your phone
While the Double Tap to Wake gesture is one of the most popular gestures for waking up your phone, other devices have other features that you can use.
One common method is Lift to Wake, which automatically turns your screen on when you pick up your device. To see if your phone has a lift-to-wake feature, try looking for it in the search bar at the top of Settings.
While Lift to Wake won’t unlock your phone without the power button, you can enter your passcode once the screen wakes up. If you want your phone to be unlocked when you use the lift-to-wake feature, you should enable the smart lock features.
You can find your phone’s Smart Lock features in your lock screen settings. Under Lock screen, select Smart lock and then activate any functions that you want to use.
On-body detection keeps your device unlocked while it’s with you. Trusted locations keep your device unlocked in certain places, and trusted devices keep your device unlocked as long as it is near a trusted device.
How to install apps when the power button doesn’t work
You may be wondering how you would set up these alternative methods if your power button didn’t work and you couldn’t turn on the display. Fortunately, there is a way to unlock your screen without a power button.
The simplest solution is to charge your phone. As soon as you plug in the cable, the screen will turn on to confirm that the battery is charging. At this stage, you can manually enter your PIN or passcode on the lock screen and access your phone’s settings or the Google Play Store as normal.
How to uninstall these apps
In order to take over the core functions of your phone like waking the screen, some of these apps may have asked you for device administrator permission. This means that in the future you will no longer be able to directly uninstall them if you choose to.
Instead, you must first revoke the device administrator authority. To do this, go to Settings> Apps & notifications or Apps> Advanced> Special app access> Device admin Apps. Disable the permission for the app you want to remove, then proceed with the standard uninstallation steps.
Using your phone when something is broken
It can be very frustrating to use your phone when something isn’t working as it should. These apps and tips make a nifty replacement for your phone’s power button when you’re trying to lock or unlock your phone.
In recent years, manufacturers and app developers have become much more aware of accessibility. As a result, there are now many alternative ways to use your device when your screen, buttons, or microphone may be cluttered.