Facedown detection

iOS & iPadOS

Does the facedown detection work on the iPd? I have an iPad mini 2.
Will your iPad light up when you have it facedown and you get a notification?
I hope this makes sense.



Submitted by Serena on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

hi. no, the iPads don't have all of the sensors required to make it work. only works on iPhones. unfortunately

Submitted by Kelsey on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What is this facedown detection?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I think it's like a do not disterb like thing, but I can't get it to work. I never could.

Take care.

Submitted by Jakob Rosin on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

If you are asking for the iPad to light up for notifications, there is a setting to blink the camera light, when a notification. You can find it in accessibility and hearing settings.

Submitted by Piotr Machacz on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

For those asking, face down detection is a feature that makes the iPhone not react to notifications (no sound, vibration ors screen activation) if the phone is put down on a flat surface with the screen facing down. To work, it requires quite a few sensors, the motion coprocessor (which disqualifies anything before the 64-bit devices), the ambient light sensor (which disqualifies iPod touches), and the proximity sensor (which disqualifies iPads). The funny thing is that I want to turn this off because it seems to be very inaccurate for me, either that or I'm experiencing an unrelated bug, where occasionally I will get a notification, VoiceOver will read it, but I don't get any sound or vibration. This also makes sounds not play in apps sometimes, like in dice world. My phone often sits on the desk occasionally under something else where it covers the proximity sensor, but it's not face down, so I dunno if that's my problem or not.