WhatsApp: learn how to disable the proximity sensor

At the WhatsappThe proximity sensor is a tool that allows you to listen to audio through the top speaker, the same one that reproduces the sound in a phone call. However, there are many people who are uncomfortable with this infrared sensor, which is native to the latest cell phones, and is activated by default in the instant messaging application.

Today the TecMundo explains in detail how the sensor works, and how to deactivate it on both Android and iOS devices. Check out:

What is WhatsApp Proximity Sensor?

WhatsApp’s proximity sensor is a feature that uses your device’s infrared sensor to, for example, avoid unwanted screen touches when you place your ear to listen to audio.

iPhone proximity sensoriPhone proximity sensorSource: Itnext.io

The tool is native to almost all devices launched in recent years on the market. It is also used when answering a call on the cell phone, both to turn off the screen and save battery, as well as to avoid the risk of pressing a button, or even ending the call.

This sensor is, by default, on the front of the device, near the front camera and top speaker. Because of this standardization, apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook use infrared for audio playback in a more contained way. With this, the user just needs to place the device close to the ear for the sound to change from the speaker on the bottom of the cell phone, which is the loudest, to the top one.

How to disable WhatsApp proximity sensor on iOS?

1. Open the “Settings” option of your iOS device;

2. Then, click on the “Accessibility” option;

Within "Settings", look for the "Accessibility" optionWithin “Settings”, look for the “Accessibility” optionSource: Reproduction / TecMundo

3. Then, in the “Assistive Control” option, change the switch to “Disabled”;

You must leave the switch "Off" to turn off the sensorYou must leave the switch “Off” to turn off the sensorSource: Reproduction / TecMundo

How to disable WhatsApp proximity sensor on Android?

1. On your Android, open the “Settings” option;

2. Then, click on the “Accessibility” option;

3. Then, click on the “TallBack” option;

Look for the "TallBack" optionLook for the “TallBack” optionSource: Reproduction / TecMundo

4. On the next screen, change the switch to “Disabled”;

Disable TallBack on your deviceDisable TallBack on your deviceSource: Reproduction / TecMundo

5. Done, now the sensor has been turned off and the WhatsApp function is deactivated.

Now that you know how to disable the proximity sensor on your iOS or Android device, you no longer have to worry about where the audio will come out when running on your WhatsApp.

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