Manually unlocking your phone or just turning on the display requires pressing of button(s). While this is not actually tough work, it can be quite irritating if you’re in a hurry. Keeping this in mind, developers have come up with some innovative apps that reduce your dependency on buttons to turn on the device. We discuss the features of one such app today, known as the Gravity Screen Off .

A free download from the Google Play Store, Gravity Screen On/Off has multiple features that will make your lives easier. Some of the functions might be hardware dependent, though. So what exactly can this app do?

Turning on/off using the proximity sensor: The proximity sensor which is usually located right next to the earpiece is an integral part of the phone. This is the component that turns off the display when you are engaged in a phone conversation. Using the same theory, the app will let you turn your phone off or on with just a swipe gesture towards the proximity sensor. Users cannot set both turn off and turn on functions with this setting, though.

Turning screen on with motion: This is exactly as simple as it sounds. The phone will detect the movement you’ve made and will automatically turn on the display. It is important to note that this feature might not be supported by all devices. There’s also an option to keep the screen turned on (before display timeout) with the slightest of movements. Users can preset the sensitivity levels to adjust it accordingly.

Enable pocket sensor: Using this setting, the phone will automatically turn on when you move it out of your pocket. This basically means that you will start using your device even before you could see it. This feature worries me personally as it has chances of accidentally activating itself whilst being inside the pocket.

Enable table sensor: This is one of the pretty common features that you find by default on most devices. But it’s good to see that the developers have given a separate option here. Basically, the phone will turn on if it is placed on a flat surface with its face up. Users can even set it to light up only when it is facing a certain angle.