Huawei Mate 9 was released a few weeks ago. While the first reviews are generally positive, there are some issues that bother users. One user at XDA forums reported an unusual problem with his new phone.

Apparently, his Huawei Mate 9 constantly tries to unlock while in his pocket. This leads to another problem, where he needs to wait 15 seconds to unlock the phone. Here’s what he said on the forums:

“I have found 3 mornings in a row that when the phone is in my pocket and I walk to work its clearly trying to turn itself on, as when I pull it out the phone is in suspend mode and says I can’t unlock it for 15 mins. It must be responding to sensors or the power button isn’t strong enough to avoid accidental presses. It says “fingerprint suspended try again in x minutes”. The pin entry is non responsive during this time so its clearly a security lock which is being triggered by false movements.”

This has been a common problem with Android phones for ages. Luckily, Android Nougat, and Huawei Mate 9 at the same time have a solution for this problem.

How to prevent your phone from unlocking in your pocket

To prevent Huawei M9, and basically any Android Nougat-compatible phone from unlocking in your pocket, you simply need to enable one setting. Here’s exactly what you need to do:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Now, go to Security > Smart Lock, and confirm your security patternhuawei-mate-9-pocket-unlock-1
  3. When the Smart Lock screen pops up, tap on Got it to continuehuawei-mate-9-pocket-unlock-2
  4. Go to On-body detection
  5. Toggle On-body detection on huawei-mate-9-pocket-unlock-3

This will enable special sensors on your phone, that will recognize when your phone is in your pocket. Additionally, this feature will keep your phone unlocked while it’s in your hand, and locked while it’s in your pocket. You can use this method on basically any Android phone with Nougat installed, not just Huawei Mate 9.

That’s it, you now know how to keep your phone locked while in your pocket. In case you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, just let us know in the comments.


  1. This instruction does not match the Huawei Mate 9. With the Mate 9, it is called TOUCH DISABLE MODE, and it is found under “smart assistance.”

  2. HOW DID YOU GET “Thrusted Location” / “Thrusted Faces” ?? This seems to be disabled in my Huawei Mate 9 !! There are lots of Forum Threads online about this issue. Why are these options enabled? We have only bluetooth smart lock unlock option !!
    Please reply

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