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Bug in Windows 10 Mobile: Exposed pictures in lock mode

Windows 10 for mobile devices phones
Michael

You can bypass the lockscreen password and access anyone’s photos

Otherwise you might not even notice it, but a bug in Windows 10 Mobile leaves your photos exposed while the device is still locked. Microsoft seems to be aware of the issue, according to the Feedback Hub, so a bug fixing update should be coming soon to the production devices.

Microsoft has approved Windows 10 Mobile 14393.823 for a release today, and there is a good chance that the exposed photos bug is fixed in this upcoming build. The bug does not affect those on the Fast and Slow Ring who are already running Creators Update builds.

So, what’s the bug about? You can see someone’s photo library while the device is locked following these steps:

  1. Take a photo while the phone is locked.
  2. Click on the thumbnail photo.
  3. Delete the photo.
  4. Back to the Camera App.
  5. Click on the thumbnail photo again.
  6. You will see a blank screen.
  7. Press back to go to the Camera app.
  8. The thumbnail changes from the photo you’ve captured and then deleted to an image from the gallery.
  9. Tap on the thumbnail photo to peek at the gallery when the phone is still locked.