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 disable these sensors before, say, going to a sensitive meeting? This is how you can Turn Off All Your Android Phone’s Sensors in One Tap.
While Android offers quick toggles to disable location tracking and cellular connectivity, there’s no direct option to disable the rest of your phone’s sensors, such as the camera or microphone. Fortunately, Android has a hidden setting that allows you to disable all of your phone’s sensors with a single tap. Here’s how to use it.
Note that this option is only available for phones running Android 10 or higher.
To do this, you must first enable Developer Options, a set of additional tools that Google provides primarily for Android app makers. You don’t have to worry about anything as this is totally allowed and will not void your phone’s warranty. Google also mentions in its documentation that, in addition to helping developers, this feature “also gives users a way to control the sensors on 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.
Look for an option called “Build Number”. Samsung Galaxy owners will find the option in the “Software Information” section. Touch it repeatedly until your smartphone asks for your lock screen PIN, pattern, or password.
Enter your PIN, pattern, or password and you’ll get a toast message saying, “You’re now a developer!”
Go back to the main Settings page and go to System > Developer Options. Samsung owners will find “Developer options” at the bottom of the Settings menu.
Scroll down until you find “Quick Settings Developer Tiles” and tap the button.
Activate the “Sensors off” switch.
Now when you pull down your phone’s notification shade from the top of the screen, you’ll have a new tile in your Quick Settings drawer called “Sensors Off.”
By default, Android adds “Sensors Off” as the first tile in the “Quick Settings” grid. If you don’t want that, you can move it by rearranging the panel.
When you turn on Sensors Off, your phone turns off most sensors, including cameras, microphones, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and more. If an application such as your phone’s built-in camera client tries to access any of these components, it will either display an error message or fail to work.
The rest of your smartphone, including Wi-Fi and cellular network, will continue to work normally. Therefore, the “Sensors off” option can be useful for specific scenarios, or if you’re just looking for a more personalized mobile experience. Quick settings let you turn it back on with a single touch.