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Monday, March 31, 2008

How to Disable Outer Buttons on Motorola RAZR Phone

Reader Dave recently asked about a problem that is pretty common with the Motorola RAZR V3 and similar lines of phones. His question, is there any way to disable the outer buttons on the Motorola RAZR phone? Think it is an interesting question? Here is why it is.

The default function on for the outer buttons on the RAZR phone is to change the ring tone or ring style of the phone. When people put their RAZRs in their pants or shirts it can cause the buttons to get knocked and change the ring style. In many cases it can be changed to the silent mode -- causing missed calls. That is no good.

To make a long story short, you cannot directly disable the outer buttons on your Motorola RAZR mobile. However, there is a way you can lock the buttons so that the sound profile does not change without your express permission. This is a great work around that you can tune to your convenience.

Here is the step-by-step guide that completes this tutorial. (If you're interested in the iPhone theme that I have installed on my RAZR pictured, that guide is here.)

1. Go to the Menu --> Settings on your RAZR phone.
Go to the Menu, Settings on your RAZR phone.

2. Scroll down to Security and click on Select.
Scroll down to Security and click on Select.

3. Scroll down to Lock Application and click on Select. You will be prompted for a Security code. Enter 1234 and click ok to unlock the next menu.
Scroll down to Lock Application and click on Select.

4. Scroll down to -Audio Locked and click on Change. It is about 20 items down, so be patient.
Scroll down to -Audio Locked and click on Change.  It is about 20 items down, so be patient.

5. Choose the Locked option and then click on Select to save it.
Choose the Locked option and then click on Select to save it.

6. Back out and close your RAZR. The test out using the side buttons. While you will hear the familiar beep, the Ring Style will not change on your phone. This effectively disables the outer button. Then when you open the phone, all you need to do is cancel the unlock code. If you want to change your audio you can do that as well. Too long of a security code? You can shorten that too!
Back out and close your RAZR.  The test out using the side buttons.  While you will hear the familiar beep, the Ring Style will not change on your phone.  This effectively disables the outer button.  Then when you open the phone, all you need to do is cancel the unlock code.  If you want to change your audio you can do that as well.  Too long of a security code?  You can shorten that too!

Congratulations, you have now disabled the outer buttons on your Motorola RAZR phone. Now you will not miss any calls due to a unplanned change in the Ring Style!

1 comments:

dj said...

you might not see this as it's been a few years - what about the button on the right side of the phone - the voice command button ? how can that be disabled - it too can cause problems when pressed unintentionally.
thanks
davey jones