Tired of pressing Android's power button? Gravity Screen On/Off handles that automatically for you

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 23, 2013
Apps, Google Android

The power button of your Android phone either wakes the screen up when you press it or turns it off when it is active. This is done to increase the battery life of the phone mostly. While there are ways to automate the process natively, for instance by configuring a screen timeout in your phone's settings, you do not get any options to automatically turn on the screen again when you want to use your phone.

Plus, depending on the interval that you have selected for the power off mode, it may take a while before the screen is indeed turned off.

Gravity Screen On/Off is a simple application that automates the process for you, at least partially. You can still use the power button manually to activate your phone or turn off the screen, but won't be doing it that often anymore thanks to the automation in place.

The application adds two modes of operation to your phone once you have installed it:

  • Table Sensor: if you place your phone on a table or flat surface so that the screen points towards it, it will automatically turn the phone's screen off.
  • Pocket Sensor: detects if your phone is in your pocket. If it is, will turn off the screen automatically.

While that takes care of two situations where you may want your phone's screen to be turned off, it is not the only functionality that Gravity Screen On / Off adds to the table.

The application has been designed to turn on the screen automatically again if you start to use it again. If you get your phone out of your pocket or switch it over on the table or take it in your hands, then you will notice that its screen will be turned on again so that you do not have to do so manually.

The application supports two methods of determining when to turn the screen on or off. The proximity sensor of the phone is used by default, but it does not work well or at all for all phones. If you notice that your phone's screen does not turn off or on again, you may want to switch it to the alternate option in the preferences to see if it works out better for you.

The preferences hold several sensitivity settings that you may want to modify as well. This includes the angle of the table sensor and pocket sensor, which basically determines when the phone is lying on a table or is inside a pocket.

Other settings include the sensitivity of turning the screen back on, the timeout for the proximity sensor to save energy, or headphone mode which turns off the screen when headphones are connected when the phone is placed in any way in your pocket.

Another interesting feature is the ability to keep your screen active while you are making small motions with your hand to signal to the app that you want the screen to stay on.


If you tend to forget to turn off your Android phone's screen from time to time then this application is for you. It is also useful if you want to automate the process, or want that your phone's screen turns on back automatically when you take it in your hands.

The application is having its toll on your phone's battery life as well, so take that into account when you take it for a test ride.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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