iOS 7 Bug Allows Thieves To Bypass Your Lock Screen

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It happened with iOS 6 (twice!), and it looks like it’s happening on iOS 7 again. YouTube user Jose Rodriguez shows off how to bypass your iPhone’s lock screen on iOS 7 to peek into your photos and other places.

The trick takes a little finesse, but works on any iPhone or iPad running iOS 7:

  1. Swipe up on the lock screen to get to the Control Panel.
  2. Open the stopwatch and head to the alarm.
  3. Hold down the power button until the “Slide to Power Off” button comes up.
  4. Hit the cancel button, then hit the home button twice, holding it down on the second press.

It takes a little bit of effort to get it right, but it’s definitely doable.

The good news? All you need to do to disable this is turn off Control Center on the lock screen. Head into Settings > Control Center and turn off “Access on Lock Screen”.

How to get full access to photo gallery bypassing the passcode on iOS 7 [YouTube via Forbes]


  • This is the second misleading heading from Lifehacker in the last 24 hours. It’s dishonest and reflects badly on you. Do you want to be seen as a trash tabloid? If not, then STOP IT! I get enough bull from a state based newspaper – I go to web sites like yours for clear , concise and non-sensationalist information.

    • you don’t think the alerting people that this bypass exists and that if they’re concerned about their privacy than they should disable control center on lock screen is a good idea?

    • In order to complain, you have to be concise about what you’re complaining about. From what I can read, you’re feeling misled because of this article, and are calling it dishonest.

      What’s dishonest about it? Does this bug not exist in iOS 7? Is it not really a threat to anyone because you have to take specific steps to make yourself vulnerable? Is it making a claim that isn’t true (e.g. this hack could let anyone book flights to Tahiti using your phone)?

  • Just tried it and it doesn’t work for me. Just goes back to the lock screen.

    Edit: Tried again and the multi tasking menu comes up – doesn’t let me open anything that I’ve left open

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