Touch screen too sensitive.

B. Diddy

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When are the accidental touches happening? When the phone is in your pocket, or when you're actively using the phone? The screen needs to be sensitive to touch, of course -- there would probably be no end of complaint if the default was lower touch sensitivity.

If the phone screen is coming on in your pocket and you're getting unintended touches in that situation, then make sure the screen lock timeout is really short or immediate, so that the unintended touches are happening on the lockscreen, and not the homescreen.
 

IMANUT46

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It's happening mostly when passing the phone to my wife. I don't personally have the problem. She had been using an old Flip phone and is not careful about the touch screen.
My screen timeout has always been set for 1 minute. If she continues to have the problem, I'll reduce the timeout to 30 seconds.
The real fix is that she gets a REAL SMARTPHONE, gets rid of her techniphobia and gets a real Android phone, even if it's not a Pixel.

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One really clunky workaround might be to enable Talkback before you hand her your phone. With Talkback active, single touches won't do anything -- it requires double-taps: https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6006598?hl=en&ref_topic=10601571. But you'd have to deal with the phone speaking suggested actions, and remember to turn it off when you take the phone back (which should be straightforward once you know how to do it).
 

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Could also try app pinning.
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