Using an unlock pattern on the MyTouch 3G

Instead of requiring a code, the MyTouch lets you draw a pattern on the touch-screen to unlock the display.


As with any good touch-screen phone, the display on the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G will lock after a few minutes of inactivity. It's definitely a needed feature, unless you enjoy it when your phone places random calls while jostling around in your pocket.

As a security precaution, many handsets like the iPhone allow you to use a numeric code to unlock the screen for use. The MyTouch, however, takes a different tack. It lets you unlock your handset by tracing a pattern between a grid of nine dots on the display.

The pattern is customizable and you can change it as often as you'd like. And if you forget your pattern you can unlock the phone using your Gmail address and password.

Compared with just tapping a code, the unlock pattern is a fun and unique way to secure your Google Android device. You'll find the option in your settings menu, but this QuickView video will show you how to set it up.

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