Viral Video Claiming iPhone Passcode 'Glitch' is False

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A video that has gone viral which claims to reveal a glitch allowing anyone to unlock a passcode-protected iPhone has been exposed as false.

    The YouTube clip, called "iPhone Unlock Without Passcode Glitch", depicts a user gaining access to a Touch ID-equipped device by first asking Siri what time it is.

    When the spoken request brings up the time, the user taps on the clock face to reveal the World Clock screen and then selects the Timer icon at the bottom of the screen. He subsequently taps on the 'When Time Ends' option and presses the section that says 'Buy More Tones'.

    Upon doing so, the Apple Store opens and the user presses the home button, which unlocks the phone without the user having typed in the passcode.

    The video has been viewed over 420,000 times, with some iPhone owners thanking the video's creator for discovering the issue. However, repeated attempts by MacRumors have demonstrated that the method depicted does not allow "anyone" to access a passcode-protected iPhone.

    Savvy users will have noted that the method only works because the user activates Siri by pressing the home button with a finger that has clearly already been registered with the Touch ID feature's fingerprint scanner. The same process undertaken using a fingerprint that isn't registered on your iPhone makes subsequent taps to "Buy More Tones" fail to open the iTunes Store.

    So if you see anyone sharing the video, you can do them a favor by explaining that the video is misleading, and their phone's data remains safe and secure.

    Article Link: Viral Video Claiming iPhone Passcode 'Glitch' is False
  2. camsoft macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2007
    Brighton, Sussex, UK.
    I'm not sure it's fake at all more that it's misleading. I think the author of this video is probably unaware that by activating Siri that have inadvertently unlocked the phone using the TouchID service.
  3. davidb8 macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2013
    My friend did it on another friends phone. Worked straight away and he would not have had his print registered to his phone..
  4. Roomers macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2013
    Don't rely on a friend's report. Try it yourself. You will not be able to "unlock" a phone if your finger is not registered.

    I think this misperception exists because the finger recognition has gotten so fast that people don't even realize it's happening.
  5. DaveMcM76 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2012
    Just tried this on my 6s (iOS 9.3b5) and this "issue" only occurs when I launch Siri with a TouchID registered finger, thus unlocking the phone in the background in the process of launching Siri...

    If I launch Siri using Hey Siri, with a non registered finger or from the remote button on my headphones then the "Buy More Tones" option on the timer settings is present but not selectable and doesn't open the app store when I tap it... pressing the home button takes me back to the lock screen every time...
  6. iLG, Mar 7, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2016

    iLG macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2011
    If you set the "Require Passcode" setting to anything other than "Immediately" then you can make this trick work. But it just means you could have unlocked your phone by swiping if you were inside the time limit.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 7, 2016 ---
    Probably came from Walt from the verge. That bloke is clueless
  7. LongTimeListener macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2016
    Yeah, I'm getting the same thing. Clicking "Buy More Tones" does nothing. And pressing the home screen at this point returns to the lock screen.
  8. sthlmj macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2015
  9. si458, Mar 7, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2016

    si458 macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2014
    the video is simply the truth and real indeed! the artical however is a lie by saying its fake when it isnt...
    i used my iphone 6, latest ios and the glitch works!
    i dont know who, what, wen, where why? but it works!
    you must however tho have siri enabled on lock screen and have an touch-id device for it work
  10. amirite macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2009
    Most of those views probably came from the FBI refreshing the video again and again to try the trick one more time.
  11. sthlmj macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2015
    It's fake. Just try with other fingers, a pen or something.
  12. Roomers macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2013
    that's the point! it only works on a phone with a touch device...because the touch device is unlocking the phone!
  13. Ishayu macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2012
    I can't make it work. I am very carefully restricted to the clock app. Buying more tones does nothing.
  14. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    Did it on mine works the first time then i have to reboot the phone to make it work again.... works only on english ios (if you set the langiuage to another does not work).
    No it is not a hoax, it works.


    Mine worked with the soflo one not this.
    this :

    On iPhone 6 and 9.2.1
  15. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    My thought exactly. I think Apple should send this video over and ask if that fulfills the requirement of the court order. Then they will all laugh as they read the thank you note from the Functionally Brainless Institute. :D:p:cool:
  16. supermafete macrumors newbie


    Mar 7, 2016
    Confirmed, it doesn't works. The video is a fake.
  17. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
    Works here if i use my touch ID finger for siri. Use other finger for siri and no go.
  18. neuropsychguy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2008
    It works if you activate Siri with a TouchID finger. It does not work otherwise.
  19. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    Nope my wife succesfully unlocked my iphone with this and her fingers are not registered in my phone.
    You might have missed I was talking about the soflo hack not the one in the first video.
  20. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Does not work if you disallow either Siri or "reply with message" from a locked homescreen. So it's misleading and wrong to say it unlocks "anyone's" iPhone, as the video is titled. I have Siri on but lockscreen messaging off, so I'm good.
  21. Mac 128 macrumors 601

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    All the kidnappers, robbers and murders on Riker's Island just breathed a collective sigh of relief. ;-)
  22. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    "SoFlo's Antonio Lievano used a common magician's trick to fool you into thinking he actually unlocked an Apple iPhone without knowing the passcode - misdirection.

    Watch this video that we specially prepared to show you how and where he misdirected you into thinking he found an easy way to get pass the iPhone's passcode security"
  23. acegreen macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2015
    Correct me if I'm wrong but why do people assume it was locked in the first place? The beginning of the video shows the phone unlocked, the guy then goes to lock it. But assuming the lock immediately is not set, the phone would be unlocked from the get-go. OR?

    I don't think it has anything to do with him accessing siri through TouchID
  24. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    It is also wrong to say a hoax since it works..... and with default settings (since i haven't messed wiith them...)

    He must be very good at it since i tried it myself without him......

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