Secret code which allows you to break into iPhone 4

October 26th, 2010 31 Comments By Mof Gimmers

We all like messing with our mates phones when they’ve gone to the bar or bog, updating their Twitter or Facebook status with something wholly inappropriate. And if they’ve got an iPhone 4, then it doesn’t matter if they leave their phone locked because there’s a flaw in the security which allows you to bypass their security code and lock screen.

As you can see in the video below, all you need to do is to tap the ‘Emergency call’ button, then enter three pound signs, hit the green call button and immediately press the lock button… and that’s it. You’re in.


There’s been complaints from security experts that the handset has feeble security and this will no doubt worry handset owners. A similar security flaw was discovered an older version of the iPhone, which Apple acknowledged and issued a software update patching the issue. As yet, there’s no word on what they’re doing about this one.

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Comments (31) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Nobby October 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Does he live in fucking backwards land or something?

  2. Posted by andyofyarm October 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    What’s a ‘pound sign’?

  3. Posted by Nobby October 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    As to what they are going to do about it, can’t they supply a piece of string with a very tiny loop at each end. One loop could attach to the case required to cover their arses over crap reception when held by a human hand, and the other one fits comfortably over the user’s penis. That way, the iphone is never out of the user’s sight.

  4. Posted by Daniel Z October 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    @andyofyarm pound = hash

  5. Posted by maxtweenie October 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    @Daniel Z – A pound sign is £. A hash is # Not very similar are they?

  6. Posted by Aden October 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Just tried it, it doesn’t let you past that screen of contacts etc (the ‘phone’ app).

  7. Posted by James October 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Why would you leave your phone behind when you go to the “bar or bog”? We have these things called pockets where you can store things without having to hold them in your hands.

    Apart from that… we already know the iPhone is a joke when it comes to security, why is this news?

  8. Just tried this round the office and can confirm it works on any iPhone (including old 3G) running iOS 4.0 or above!

  9. Posted by Inspector Gadget October 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Surely the point of the iphone is to play Angry Birds whilst shitting?

  10. Posted by Darren October 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    @James.

    You can not expect IPhoney’s to have common sense…..

    This is a big flaw, as if anyone gets hold of your IPhone they can make calls, send texts, view/send pictures all the functionality that is available from the phonebook.

  11. Posted by akiss October 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    @James: I think you should see the dragons about that invention. Theo loves a good hole to put his gadget in.

  12. Posted by Yoda October 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    @maxtweenie – in North America they call a hash a pound sign – it is used as a shortform for a pound (imperial measurement of weight)

  13. Posted by dearieme October 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    story of the year!oh no wait……..nobody cares

  14. Posted by Richard October 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Wow, I had to enable pin protection on my Iphone to find out this works.

  15. Posted by The Real Bob October 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    To surmise, in Merkin “#” = pound in weight, “£” = pound in currency, hence “#” != “£”.

  16. Posted by zleet October 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    @Inspector Gadget

    Surely that is the point of life.

    And don’t call me Shirley.

  17. Posted by GrabMyJoystick October 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Hmm… didn’t work for me. Is this right? On Enter Passcode screen: Emergency call > ### > Green call button?

  18. Posted by Billy October 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the tip, unfortunately the emergency services are well pissed off with me. If I call them again in error, they are coming round to take away my non existent iphone.

    Anyone got an easier method of bypassing the ‘lock’ code, apart from resynching with itunes ?

  19. Posted by Phil October 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I just tried *** and that worked for me ;)

  20. Posted by klingelton October 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    worked for me and shit myself when i thought i’d bricked my work iPhone…

  21. Posted by bob October 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    it works with any numbers, it doesn’t have to be pound/hash.
    You can’t really do much once in tho – probably the best thing is to take/assign stupid photos to their contacts :D

  22. Posted by Nobby October 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    If they do leave their iphone on the table when they go for a piss, it’s funnier to dump it in their pint.

  23. Posted by andyofyarm October 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    @danielZ — a pound of hash??

  24. Posted by Jamie October 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Secret code my arse. That is called a bug…

  25. Posted by maxtweenie October 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    @Yoda. That’s because North Americans are even more fucking stupid than anyone on the Jeremy Kyle show ever was.

  26. Posted by Dirty Gibbet November 12, 2011 at 1:54 am

    @maxtweenie you do realize than when you say North Americans that you include Mexicans and Canadians?? (Neither of whom use # for “pound”) so kiss me arse jajaja

  27. how to break Iphone 4 S initial password, not the four digit pass code..
    after I swith off, I am tryiung to login again, but its asking password to logon, how to break it.

  28. Will I. Still ve my stuff on the fone or it wll be wiped off

  29. If I. Do that will my itune and stuff still be intact

  30. Posted by Marine Mom 45 December 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

    My Marine son was killed in a car accident…I’m trying to get into his lockd cell phone to find out his last text messages. I tried doing the above and it didn’t work. Any other suggestions? I have his laptop too. Is there a cord I can connect to both n re-set without losing any information???
    Thank you,
    Theresa

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    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

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