Android is an open-source platform that introduced a different kind of protection named Pattern Lock, it allowed users to swipe in a specific way across 9 dots to unlock their smartphone. PIN and Facelock were however introduced on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and that’s we’re not talking today. Android’s Pattern Lock is pretty easier to input and technically much more secure than a 4 digit PIN code in iPhone or Android.
What if you forgot the pattern to unlock your device? Don’t worry here’s an built-in feature that lets you unlock and bypass the pattern lock screen. Thanks to the XDA-Developers member who used a method to enable users to bypass the pattern lock on devices. Wich undoubtedly works on non-rooted Android handsets. Bypassing it in some methods like the first one I’ve heard of is actually pretty simple: if your fingers are the least bit oily, they will be leave smudges in line with pattern you use to unlock. If an intruder, then, observes the smudges, they may be able to gain access to your phone, just kidding. The second method points towards the users who use letters of the alphabets (like V, S, S, Z, O, N, E, and on) that can be easily recreated in the pattern lock.
Now the methods said above aren’t the best when it comes to action. Today we’ve come up across two technical ways bypassing the pattern lock. Check this out after tea break.
The two great ways was developed by m.sabra over at XDA-Developers. They require your Android device to have USB Debugging enabled from Settings > Security and that you installed ADB on your computer.
In the said first method changes its value of variables lock_pattern_autolock and lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently to 0. The second simply deletes gesture.key under /data/system.
If doesn’t work, the developer suggests running the first one, rebooting, running the second one, reboot to bypass the Android lock screen.
Note: This is the tutorial for educational purposes: to inform you about how you can get access to your own phone in case you forget the pattern, how you can be compromised and you can protect yourself from it. We’re not responsible if this pattern bypassing method gets used for cracking purposes.
For more details information on bypassing Android’s most popular Pattern Lock, please check out the official thread on XDA-Developers. The commands required are scarily simple. An its advised: ensure USB Debugging is disabled when you’re not using it to protect yourself from such sorcery.