Skip "Activate phone" on VZW

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  1. AlleyKat

    AlleyKat Member

    I was just given a Droid X. The person who gave it to me upgraded her phone, transferred her number and contacts, and then did a factory reset.

    I do not want to activate this phone, but I can if that's the only option. Technically the phone is legally mine, since I paid for it in the first place, and it was on my account.

    I ultimately hope to be able to learn how to root the phone, load apk's and install apps in USB debugging mode, and use the phone as a network terminal over my Wi-Fi network.

    When I start the phone I get stuck on the "Activate" screen. Yes, I know I could transfer my number, go through the activation and then revert the number back to my primary phone, but I'd rather just get past this screen without jumping through any hoops.

    I think rooting might be the solution (which is why I posted this here), but even the root methods I've seen require installing one or more apps first...

    I have an SD card reader which I can and have used to place things on the SD card without turning on USB debugging on the phone, so that provides a means for getting software to the phone, but I can't do anything with it if I don't Activate first.

    Anyone have a suggestion for bypassing this catch-22?

    I'm here to learn, so all constructive responses are welcome. Thanks!

  2. Flying_Hellfish

    Flying_Hellfish Well-Known Member

    Are you talking about just past the "touch the android" screen? Don't touch poor Andy, tap the corners of the screen starting top left and go clockwise to bottom left and it will bypass that all together.
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  3. AlleyKat

    AlleyKat Member

    Yes! Thank you very much Flying_Hellfish! That is exactly what I wanted to know!
  4. VoidedSaint

    VoidedSaint Resident Ninja VIP Member

    i have never been able to successfully do this, i just touch andy, and hit the skip the sign in process
  5. bouchigo

    bouchigo Well-Known Member

    It's always worked nicely for me :D:D:D
  6. VoidedSaint

    VoidedSaint Resident Ninja VIP Member

  7. bouchigo

    bouchigo Well-Known Member

    That sucks, it's nice because it saves you a little time.
  8. Flying_Hellfish

    Flying_Hellfish Well-Known Member

    I use it all the time..... well mostly because I hose my phone all the time and have to SBF. Practice makes perfect. ha ha

    VS are you touching the actual bottom corner of the screen or the bottom corners of the square section that Andy is in? I couldn't get this to work right at first because I was actually touching the corners of the screen at the bottom......I'm not sure if that makes sense, it is early.
  9. binary visions

    binary visions Well-Known Member

    Right, you have to touch the corners of the black box, not the actual screen - above the word box on the bottom of the screen.

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