Help stamp out butt-dialing! Click it (the lock button) before you stash it (your iPhone)!

Has This Happened to You?


  • Friends say, "I'm returning your call," EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW YOU DIDN'T CALL THEM?

  • You see phone numbers in your Recent Calls list BUT YOU KNOW YOU DIDN'T DIAL THEM?  

If any of these has happened to you, I'm pretty sure I know why. And, I'm also pretty sure I know how you can develop a habit to prevent it from ever happening again.   

The reason it happens, you see, is that you almost certainly didn't lock your phone before you stuck it into your pocket, purse, pack, cup holder, or whatever. With an unlocked phone it's far too easy to accidentally dial or redial a phone number without knowing it. 

The reason I'm relatively certain that's why your iPhone is making those calls is that I forced myself to adopt a new habit and I now press my iPhone's Lock button religiously before stashing it in my pocket (or anywhere else). I rarely forget to lock it anymore and I haven't butt-dialed anyone in months.

Give it a shot. Make a commitment to remember not to stash your phone without locking it first. In a few weeks, you won't even think about it—it'll become a habit and you'll do it automatically.      

So just remember to click it (the Lock button) before you stash it (your iPhone) and you'll never have to suffer an embarrassing butt-dialing incident again. 

One last thing: I'd like to thank Mac Geek Gab (my favorite podcast), and its hosts Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun for today's topic. They had a lengthy discussion in their inimitable manner in MGG Episode 607 and I couldn't get it out of my head until I wrote this.

Thanks Dave and John. I feel better.  🤓