Bypassing the "pattern"-type screen lock of the suicide's phone

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  1. roarred

    roarred New Member


    I am having an unusual situation. A teen who was an acquaintance of mine has commited suicide. His parents, knowing that I'm "into computers", asked me for help. They want me to make it possible to read the SMS messages from the boy's phone - HTC Desire S. They can't read them by themselves, because the phone has a screen lock "pattern" - in which you have to connect 4 of 9 dots in a correct order. We don't know the right pattern and therefore we can't unlock the phone and read the SMS messages stored in it.

    What should we do in such a situation? Our purpose is not to regain control of the phone - we just want to read the SMS messages. We don't care if we will do it from the phone itself or after connecting the phone to the computer.

    I'd like to also tell You that I was accused of being a thief on another Android forum. I want to ensure You that I'm not one. If I were a thief, I would just hard reset the phone and the problem would be gone. But as I highlighted before, we want to read the messages from the phone, to know the reasons of the boy's decision to commit suicide.

    I will really appreciate every idea on how to solve the problem, and thank You in advance. ​

  2. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Well-Known Member

    Tilt the screen and unless the screen has been wiped, you can very often see the pattern traced in grease. You then have a 50/50 chance of getting the direction right first time.
  3. I would suggest you respect the deceased's privacy and leave that phone alone. Especially as he/she cannot enforce that privacy himself/herself anymore.
  4. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Well-Known Member Contributor

  5. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    The carrier will have a record of the SMSs, however I'm sure they will only make them available for law enforcement and certain three letter government agencies.
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  6. roarred

    roarred New Member

    Thank you for Your advice, also for the moral aspect of this case. I'll talk about it seriously with his mum and leave the decision to her.

    About the phone carrier: I think that if the phone company has an agreement with one of the parents, it should give him/her the text records after applying for them, shouldn't they?

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