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How to Fix the Proximity Sensor in iPhone 5c/5/5s?


Well, it would be quite useless to ask if you know about proximity sensor of your phone or not. Of course, you do! Proximity sensor is a sensor that is installed in your iPhone to detect the objects close to the screen. The sensor gets enabled or sleeps when you’re making a call or when the phone is near your ear. Steve Jobs already explained the importance of the proximity sensor with the launch of iPhone in 2007. It is helpful in saving battery when you have a long conversation over the phone. Proximity sensor in one of the important features in an iPhone as when the phone is attached to the ear whilebeing on call, the sensor automatically senses it and locks the screen so that none of the other icon is being touched. Let’s talk about the fact, what if suddenly the proximity sensor stops working? It can create issues, the call might get on speaker or may be mute, and it can be disconnected or can make another call.

You need to keep in mind that the proximity sensor can be fixed. Before fixing the sensor, backup your iPhone as there’s a probability that some of the data might be lost so it’s better to play safe. Technically, there are two methods for fixing the sensor.

1.  Do It Yourself (DIY) Method- iOS Trouble Shooting:

  •          Make sure you’ve cleaned the display screen of your phone. If you face any issues with the cleaning process, it can be because of the protector on the screen.
  •          Power off the phone by pressing the lock button and then restart it after a few seconds.
  •          Erase all the content and reset the settings by: Settings>> General >> Reset >> Reset all Content         & Settings.
  •          Keep the iPhone in recovery mode or DFU mode.

o   For Recovery Mode: Plug in the phone with your PC or MAC Book, try to launch iTunes. Hold the power and home button until the phone restarts and the Apple logo appears. The moment Apple logo appears, wait for the iTunes sign and cable display on the screen. Select Restore, and let iTunes download firmware that is required for factory reset settings.

o   For DFU mode: Plug in the phone with your PC or MAC Book, try to launch iTunes. Hold the power and home button until the phone restarts. Wait for 5-7 seconds, leave the power button but keep pressing the home button. If it succeeds, choose Restore, and let iTunes download firmware for factory reset settings.

2. Expert Method- Hardware Checking and Trouble Shooting:

If you’ve tried the DIY method but it didn’t fix the sensor, your sensor might need to be replaced or transferred. When you open up the screen of your iPhone, you’ll get to notice that there is a framed-shape item in your phone that is known as proximity sensor holder. The issue with proximity sensor occurs, usually when the holder is misplaced, it should be kept in place to make the proximity sensor work. Red tape is used to keep the holder in place. There is a shape where the holder should be place, it should be aligned with the shape. 

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