Is there any way to lock the iphone keypad while on a call?

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I keep hitting buttons with my ear and cheek while on calls - most annoying. Other than changing my handset-holding habits, is there any other way to prevent this happening - i.e. locking the keypad without cutting off the call? Thanks in advance.
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iPhone screen should lock automatically when put to your ear as it has a proximity sensor

My guess is that you using the phone in a case as I discovered some cases from well known manufacturers covered the proximity sensor (above the speaker-slot at top of phone)

If it is a case issue, bring it back and ask for money back as it's lame to sell something which blocks a key feature of a device

if not a case issue then it's a fault with phone as it should black out and lock screen when it senses proximity (just check by putting hand at top of phone - this is how I discover poor design of some cases)
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Do you know of a good case that won't interfere with the proximity sensor?
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bobbijeanette - I went with one from Beyza - a multi flip case which has proven very good quality - you can even unclip the flip cover and use as a stand which is useful bonus
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Sleep button will lock the phone while talking on the headset, that's how it works on my iPhone4s.
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Yes, it's the case that's at fault (an ORA leather mag-fastening flipcase from Expansys) - thanks. Sensor works fine outside the case.
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If your still having trouble locking your iphone when your on the phone, all you have to do is hold the button that locks the phone for 3 seconds and let go. It will lock the phone while your talking on it
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I have a similar problem, my phone works fine while near my head (proximity sensor works). But I keep hitting keys while its in my pocket and I'm talking through the head set. how can I lock it while its on and in my pocket?
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When using the earbuds, you can press the Sleep button and this will lock the screen.
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Sleep button works well.
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...but ONLY when using earbud.
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Sunspot - only solution I know of is, ironically, get a case - the cause of the original problem for jimjarmo - use a case that covers the screen - but make sure it doesn' block the sensor for using pressed to ear

personally I wouldn't put my iPhone in a pocket with keys in it (but maybe I'm being too precious)

another solution would be to line your pockets with human skin so the proximity sensor kicks-in, but this may be in breech of laws in various regions
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I keep pressing "mute" during a call.. .the screen seems to dim (So that sensor works), but .. not lock.. It looks fine the rest of the time.
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Well... I definitely agree that the feature is missing. Not sure why the Sleep button in that case ends the call. It should lock the screen instead. Anyway, and to answer the part of the question that is not related to the "case" problem, I believe the answer is: keep your earbuds nearby! Right after you took the call, put the earbuds in your ear and then plug them. You will be able to use the Sleep button to lock the screen.
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This is it exactly. If the headphones are in you are able to use the lock button to prevent buttons from being pressed.
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The sleep button used to do this, but it was changed in a software update.

Ever since I am constantly (every two calls or so) muting myself with my cheek pressing buttons.

Extremely annoying!!!!
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I looked into this problem, as I was having issues with it too. But, it seems that you have to actually make the phone connection, i.e the other party must pick up the phone, and then you can click the on/off button on the top of the phone and it will lock the screen.. I hope this helps. If not, ping me at www.twitter.com/tarpus
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As far as cases, I swear by the Agent 18 which provides great protection against drops but doesn't cover the screen at all. The screen really doesn't need protection unless you're really really abusive/clumsy with it.
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I am totally having this problem as well. My problem started immediately after jaillbreak so it could be software related as well.
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After experimenting with my Iphone 3G, I figured out that there is a difference in "how" you press the Sleep/Wake (i.e., On/Off) button on the top of the phone. To turn the phone on or off, "firmly" press the Sleep/Wake button. To lock the phone, "quickly" press the button with a finger nail or other fine-pointed object. Be careful not to press it for more than a split-second, or you will hang up the call. Annoying that this is a solution, but at least it works.
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I have had this problem for quite awhile. When I ask my iphone using friends, they never have this problem. I eventually just started using my hands free to chat--but shouldn't have to! ALL of these answers are possibilities. I checked my sensor issue. This can't be tested unless engaged in a phone call (I suggest using a land line to do this test). Believe me, I tried. I have also done the pressing sleep/wake button. This is a temporary solution. If it doesn't end the phone conversation by pressing it, it only sends to the "shut down" screen, which eventually, will go back to the phone keypad screen. Anyways, the sensor does work, and what I learned is it's not necessarily that the sensor doesn't work, but HOW you hold the phone to your ear. If it's too high (probably due to years of having a bigger phone to talk on), it doesn't disable the screen. If the earpiece of the phone is directly above your lobe, it seems to disable the screen, thus eliminating the problem of pressing buttons with your cheek.
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Like others I've had issues while on calls - I do some long conference calls on my iPhone - and through mishandling I can inadvertently hang up a call. this is very embarrassing if I'm also hosting the call. The solution that I've found is this: while on the call, hit the home button. The call is still active, with the green bar across the top for getting "back" to the phone interface. So then, just hit the sleep/power button. It will then lock the screen and bring up the slider button, and the call stays up! Hope it works for others...
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The problems seem to vary, but some users do report that the screen does indeed go blank, but you're still able to accidentally initiate a FaceTime call or other features by pressing the correct place on the screen. Doesn't sound too encouraging, does it? Have you encountered such issues with your iPhone 4, and have you found a solution to it?
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The ONLY WAY TO LOCK THE SCREEN WHILE ON CALL IS A BIG OF A HASSLE BUT IT'S THIS : PUT ON UR HEADSET WHEN UR ON THE CALL CLICK THE HOME SCREEN BUTTON (the dented circle button) SO NOW UR IN THE HOMESCREEN WITH THE APPS NOW CLICK THE LOCK BUTTON ON TOP AND REMOVE THE EADSET WALLA!! took me a while but I got it !! Lol
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You know one thing Issy thats the worse answer that I would expect from the manufacturer if it is the only solution after paying such a huge amount to Apple. This is non-sense. May be they have put lot of options in it but forgot the basic option.
I am not happy with this, planning to return my iPhone as soon as possible.