A privacy and security flaw has been discovered in iOS 12.1 which allows one to bypass the lock screen and gain unauthorized access to the Contacts app of a locked iPhone.
The hack requires one to invoke Siri and ask it to call any contact stored on the locked iPhone. Once the call is connected, tap on the FaceTime button to initiate a FaceTime call. Then, proceed to put the iPhone in Airplane mode from the Control Center and tap the 3-dot menu button on the FaceTime call screen. From there, tap the + button to add any contact to the FaceTime call which would give one access to the phonebook. To view the information of any contact then, you can simply 3D Touch on it.
Sounds complicated? It’s actually pretty simple but just requires one to jump through multiple system apps and processes. Below is a video of this lock screen bypass in action.
It is unclear if this lock screen bypass hack will work on non-3D Touch and older iPhones featuring a Home button/Touch ID or not.
While the lock screen bypass does not provide one with access to other personal information such as photos and installed apps, there’s no denying the fact that such hacks should not exist in the first place, especially for an OS which Apple claims is among the most secure in the world.
Do try this lock screen bypass hack on your iPhone and let us know whether it worked for you or not.