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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by zeldor, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. zeldor

    zeldor Newbie
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    so I searched for this and didnt find any mention so thought I would ask here.

    so I have pattern lock turned on, and it seems to work fine.
    However last night as I went to bed I dropped my droid into the clock dock
    and it first brought up the unlock screen and then the clock came on.
    I thought that looked weird so I took the thing out of the dock and
    it went to the home screen.

    I pushed the top button and the screen went off like always, push again
    and it came up wanting me to enter pattern to unlock. push the button again
    without unlocking and it went blank. dropped back into the dock and it
    unlocked itself and went to the dock screen.

    so it seems a nice little magnet is all that is needed to unlock a pattern
    locked phone.
     

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  2. gonzoguy24

    gonzoguy24 Android Expert
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    wow...ummm google should fix this asap...
     
  3. oceanlight

    oceanlight Android Enthusiast
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    well that's no good.
     
  4. Barbara

    Barbara Android Expert
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    I just tried it with magnets and it does bring up the dock screen without having to unlock it but you can't do anything. The menu button just brings up weather settings and if you push the home button, you have to use the unlock screen. So I guess someone could steal the phone and use it for a clock radio but they can't get to your files, unless I'm missing something.
     
  5. zeldor

    zeldor Newbie
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    when I pulled it out of the dock it went to the home screen all unlocked and alive.

    but maybe its just my phone going wonky.

     
  6. Barbara

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    I don't have a dock to try it with, but I tried several times and every time I remove the magnets it goes to the screen with the dots for the unlock pattern. I will be curious to see what others discover if they have a chance to test this.
     
  7. SirVilhelm

    SirVilhelm Android Enthusiast
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    I agree with Barbara, when I place my Droid in the dock I get the Media Dock screen without unlocking but any function I try to use requires my unlock pattern. When I pull the Droid from the dock it stays locked.
     
  8. zeldor

    zeldor Newbie
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    ok so I see what is going on here. yes it was bypassing the pattern lock from the dock.
    But the underlying issue was at some point I had gotten the "pattern" to be nothing.
    It would always bring up the pattern dots but no matter what I pattern I enter
    it would always unlock. Not sure how I got that there but I do change the pattern offen and must have just messed up once. But with an actual pattern it doesnt bypass.
     
  9. neumannator

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    thread fail!
     

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