02-03-2013 18:59 - edited 02-03-2013 19:01
This is apparently a very common problem with the Nokia Lumia 920 since it is well-documented with many "possible" fixes posted in many user forums concerning Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia 920.
The Problem: Whenever I place a call, the screen goes black (this is normal when the phone is held up to the face, but NOT normal if the phone is lying on a table such as when it is in speakerphone or bluetooth mode). I presume that the proximity sensor has been activated and has turned the screen (and touch functions) off. This is a serious problem as it impedes the use of the Lumia 920 as a phone.
Serious Concerns for Business Users: Myy Nokia Lumia 920 is useless for business purposes and I am going to have to go back to using 3 year old Samsung Focus, which still functions flawlessly. I cannot use my Nokia Lumia 920 phone for conference calls, for voicemail, to dial an extension, and even worse -- I can't even end a call when I have finished! The inability to end a call should have all business users re-consider using their Lumia 920 phone for any business purpose. All the other party in a call has to do is to stay on the line and they can hear whatever conversation takes place after the call has "ended!" That is a MAJOR security and privacy concern. (I watch the display and if the other party hangs up, the screen returns to visibility. If the other party does not hang up, I have to play a game of hitting the power button and then trying to "catch" the end call button which appears for a brief moment (quite a frustrating game!)
Various Posted Solutions Tried: Here are the results of my hours of going through online communities and forums. Thanks to all those that have taken the time to post the solution that worked for them. Unfortunately, fo me, I tried them all and none of them worked for me:
If there is anything else that I have NOT mentioned that has been listed on Windows Phone 8, Microsoft, Nokia and AT&T Wireless forums, well I probably have already tried that too.
Since I am now forced to use my 3 year old Samsung Focus anyway, I will return my phone for service next week (I purchased at Best Buy with Geek Squad Protection Plan). I have not heard anything that indicates that Nokia has fixed this problem, or even acknowledged it, so I am not certain that returning it for warranty service will fix the problem. In fact, several users have noted that they did return the phone and a refurbished phone was sent to them, but they continued to experience the same problems.
Nokia, any response? User community, any other ideas?
Three updates were delivered to my Nokia 920 this afternoon: display+touch, Nokia accessories and Nokia account. I was hopeful that these might help fix the problem I am experiencing, but after downloading, installing and even a soft restart, no change. Problem still exists. Gotta send this phone back for repair, but will it fix it? Would really like to hear from Nokia or other users as to whether or not you are experiencing this same problem.
I feel your pain. Same problem here. About 6 weeks after I got the phone the screen started to go black during calls. This is a BIG problem as there's no way to hang up and no way to punch in any numbers to automated answering services. To "fix" the problem I vacuum the ear speaker opening at the top of the screen and then follow that up by blowing compressed air into the same opening. This has always fixed the problem but only for about a week before it happens again. What a pain! My biggest worry is that this "fix" will eventually not work anymore. At that point I plan on sending it in to Nokia Customer Care. Even that scares me as I've heard all they do is clean the sensor of dust and the same issue crops up again a few days/weeks later.
I'm just curious how others having this problem carry their phones. I carry mine in my pocket. Could it be that trace amounts of lint, fuzz, dust, etc. in my pocket is getting inside the phone and covering the proximity sensor? I even tried covering the ear speaker and ear bud jack openings with tape to see if that would keep dust from entering but the problem re-emerged again after only 1 week. I can only surmise that the dust must be entering around the edge of the screen.
When I first got this phone I was enamoured with it but this issue has really started to wear on me. Nokia please fix this problem. Maybe a firmware update? Maybe an option to turn off the proximity sensor? HELP!!!
What will the hard reset do to fix this problem? Interesting to see that someone else (below) found that the problem started after a hard reset - would that just be a coincidence?
Come to think of it, my problems started shortly after a hard reset as well. I was playing with the Nokia City Lens app when the phone locked up on me. I had to do a hard reset. Not long after that the "black screen during calls" problem started.
Last Thursday, I vacuumed the phone around the earpiece and proximity sensor. Despite the fact that I could see nothing in there (no duste, smudges, etc), after vacuuming, the proximity sensor seemed to work fine...for about 4-5 days. Now it is back to having problems again. This is not an acceptable solution!
The primary suspect is a dust problem due to improper seal. Unfortunately this cannot be fixed. Blowing and vacuuming only works for some time and may totally fail when more dust builds up inside. The only permanent solution is to get your phone exchanged. Good luck!
Just an update to say that the latest Nokia Lumia Software update has fixed this problem completely. The release inotes indicate that therer were changes to the proximty sensor and I am guessing that the sensitivity has been reduced. Regardless, the problem so far (it's been maybe a 10-14 days?) seems to be fixed and I am very pleased with my Lumia 920 again!! (Thanks Nokia!)
A software update is not the solution.
Dust will still enter the device.
Nokia needs to recall the 920 and or replace defective units with a properly sealed unit.
Nokia, if you are listening, I am going to the MS store to look at the HTC and Samsung models. Which one should I get?
15-04-2013 1:00 - edited 15-04-2013 1:00
Maybe a software isn't permanent, but I CAN say with certainty that the software update fixed the problem and it has been 3 weeks or so and it works perfectly. Vacuuming the dust out only worked for 2-3 days or not at all. So far, I can only give a positive report on the software update for me!
I have the same experience here, which really extremely disturbing and as mentioned in your article makes the phone useless…
Please note that I have made a hard reset to the phone and went through reinstalling all my apps and wasted may hours to do it, but at the end the problem was not fixed at all, so a Hard reset is not a solution for this problem…
I hope that future updates may solve this…
As previously suggested, the most common cause of this is the obstruction of the proximity sensor by either a screen protector, phone case or dust. The proximity sensor is at the top right of the display, next to the front camera and just above the "N" in "Nokia". You will see it if you hold it up to the light . If this sensor is obstructed in any way, the phone thinks it is being help up to your face and locks the display.
Hard reset and updates will not solve this if it is caused by an physical obstruction. If you have a case or a screen protector, remove them. Have a look at the sensor, if there is dust underneath, you need to have it removed by blowing through the earphone socket if that doesn't work, your local Nokia Care Point might help.
I have a 2 month old Nokia 920. Of late had the same problem of Screen blanking during a call. And it does not come back sometimes. Disconnecting the call becomes a problem. I tried blowing breath, vaccum and all such ideas posted here and elsewhere. Sometimes, the proximity sensor does not detect at all. In such cases, when in call other options get selected. Finally I downloaded Nokia Care Suite v5. Then I connected my mobile put the same in test mode under product support tool Then I selected the proximity sensor test. There is also an option to calibrate the sensor. Tried it. Just one day after this process. But phone seems to work fine. TRY THIS OPTION AT YOUR RISK. YOU MAY LOSE YOUR PHONE FUNCTIONALITY.
I tried this in despair and frustration.
So be careful
BTW: the phone has the latest update.