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By jay_xander, Member on 7th January 2014, 12:11 AM
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I need to break a password to a deceased friends phone. It is protected by a pattern lock, and a backup Pin. It's a Samsung Galaxy S4 locked to the Fido network in Canada. There is valuable information on the phone that I need to obtain without erasing, including photos, texts, and other media stored to the device's memory.

3 months ago it was taken to a forensic specialist to crack it. But there was an issue apparently unique with the Fido network that prevented the breaking through.

As I said before, the information on this device is invaluable, and neither police, the carrier (Fido), or Samsung can offer assistance in getting through what seems to be a trivial pattern lock/a PIN.

Please somebody help!

Thanks in advance

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7th January 2014, 12:40 AM |#2  
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I need to break a password to a deceased friends phone. It is protected by a pattern lock, and a backup Pin. It's a Samsung Galaxy S4 locked to the Fido network in Canada. There is valuable information on the phone that I need to obtain without erasing, including photos, texts, and other media stored to the device's memory.

3 months ago it was taken to a forensic specialist to cracks it. But there was an issue unique surrounding the Fido network that prevented the breaking through.

As I said before, the information on this device is invaluable, and neither police, the carrier (Fido), or Samsung can offer assistance in getting through what seems to be a trivial pattern lock/a PIN.

Please somebody help!

Thanks in advance

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If the phone has USB debugging enabled, try this:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/jayso...58477897509066
7th January 2014, 12:44 AM |#3  
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I highly doubt that it is enabled. Knowing my friend, he was not tech savvy, and owned the phone for 2 weeks before he passed. It is neither rooted nor debugging enabled.

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7th January 2014, 02:34 AM |#4  
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I highly doubt that it is enabled. Knowing my friend, he was not tech savvy, and owned the phone for 2 weeks before he passed. It is neither rooted nor debugging enabled.

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Is it encrypted? If not....

Flash a custom recovery through odin..and then possibly, use adb to take a backup.
I've done this before on a Galaxy Y phone..didn't have adb though. I took a nandroid backup to the external sdcard and got it through that.

it's a bit of a hack though.

good luck.
7th January 2014, 02:44 AM |#5  
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I don't know if it's encrypted. Is there any way to tell with it locked?

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7th January 2014, 03:04 AM |#6  
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I don't know if it's encrypted. Is there any way to tell with it locked?

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Restart the phone, if it asks you for a password on bootup, it's encrypted. I'd highly doubt that it is since you mentioned that your friend isn't that tech savvy.
7th January 2014, 03:30 AM |#7  
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After bootup, I'm pretty sure it goes to lock screen. Which is where you are prompted for the password/PIN

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7th January 2014, 03:51 AM |#8  
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I did that once with a tablet .... custom R by odin .... nandroid. ...flash new rom .....extract any data from backup using titanium

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