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How do I change the unlock password back to visual?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Forestwalker, May 17, 2010.

  1. Forestwalker

    Forestwalker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hi everyone, I have just swapped from an iPhone 3G to the Desire and am getting stuck whilst familiarising myself with the phone (and making it similar to my iPhone).

    I have put an unlock password on the phone but it is a pain as it requires alpha and numeric so I want to go back to using the visual password. Problem is I cannot find how to get the phone to swap back to using a visual p/w. Anyone able to help?

    Whilst here is there an app out there to wake up the phone when you press any key and/or have the iPhone keypad pop up to unblock the phone?

    Other than that it is an impressive bit of kit and better than the iPhone in many ways but flawed in some basic areas such as the pathetic speaker. It nearly went back when I first heard it and seems a surprising oversight given it is obviously aimed at the social end of the market.

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  2. ulstersoldier

    ulstersoldier Newbie

    think this is the way........settings then security then tick use visible pattern and require pattern
    hope this helps

    HYCAET Guest

    Setting, security, then tick visible passwords
  4. Forestwalker

    Forestwalker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the suggests but... there is no use visible pattern anymore (suspect it disappears when you entry an alpha/numeric password), ticking visible password only makes your password characters visible as you type them.

    Any more thoughts anyone? I've got it set to spacebar at the moment so at least it is quick to unlock.
  5. ulstersoldier

    ulstersoldier Newbie

    Hi mate
    now im confused too wheredid you activate the password as i only get an option for visual passwords

    HYCAET Guest

    I hope someone can help you out. I'm not sure I understand what you've done to get to the point your at, so not sure how to undo it.
  7. Forestwalker

    Forestwalker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Can't remember TBH. Presume there was an option on the lock screen menu to change from visual to alpha/numeric. Problem is there doesn't seem to be an option to go back.
  8. ulstersoldier

    ulstersoldier Newbie

    mate been doing a wee bit of research for you and the only thing i can come up with is have you set up a credential storage password? this is found on the security page and is near the bottom and simply says "set password" hope this helps i checked the online htc desire user guide and this was all I could come up with. there is a sim card lock password but that is only 4 digits(preset is 0000). The only other thing could be did you download any security software apps from the market maybe one of these is demanding the passwordhope this helps let us know
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  9. garym

    garym Newbie

    Have you set up an active sync to an exchange server for your email using the HTC software?

    If so it may be the server side security policy enforcing a password unlock on the phone.

    This happened to me so I installed touchdown instead which moved the pin number from the phone lock to the touchdown app.

    You could check by deleting any exchange email accounts you have.
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  10. Forestwalker

    Forestwalker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Think I owe you a beer for your efforts (didn't work mind). Haven't setup a credentials password as I do not have anythong on the SIM yet worth protecting. Have looked at the SIM lock passwrod and that's not it either. As the name suggests it is used to lock the SIM contacts etc. incase you give the phone to someone with fixed dialing only. I'm well verse with phones and technology having been in the IT industry for 20+ years and have had a mobile since it came with a car battery to keep it going for 8 hours! :eek:

    Next on the checklist as I have the phone setup for my hotmail, Sky, Google and work addresses :rolleyes: Thanks for the tip about Touchdown, will have a look.

    Good to see this forum is active and peopel willing to help. Have left thx for the pair of you.
  11. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    If it's your activesync causing the issue, try "lockpicker" from the market. It is by FAR the most helpful app I've EVER used!
  12. Morat

    Morat Well-Known Member

    Wow, that works!
    Sadly it also makes android less attractive to security conscious Exchange users... but hey. Not my problem :)
  13. Forestwalker

    Forestwalker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Downloaded Lockpicker after a slight diversion (changed my email to gmail which stops downloads and updates - various threads on the go). Lockpicker gets round the problem but does not resolve it. It also seems to nobble security for good as turning it off doesn't give you security back.
  14. Forestwalker

    Forestwalker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Cracked it. Just by accident I downloaded an app called lock pattern. Has an on/off function and Richard is my father's brother. Off to bed now, am androided out.

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