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    Default Canít place calls from Bluetooth device when the phone is locked?

    I have a handsfree Bluetooth kit in my car so that I can safely place calls while driving. This worked flawlessly with my previous Windows Mobile phones (Tilt/Tilt II). With the phone tucked in my pocket and the mobile OS ďlockedĒ I could press the voice activation button on the dashboard and easily call someone. Not so with my shiny new AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II. Now I have to dig the phone out and unlock the device before I can use my handsfree systemÖ are we back in the smartphone dark ages?? I might as well take up texting and driving while Iím at it and forget the handsfree unit altogether.

    Apparently Google in their infinite wisdom has decided already paired Bluetooth devices pose a security risk. As such, when Android is ďlockedĒ it disables any control from Bluetooth. I suppose if you work for the government or some place that you need Pentagon like security this makes sense. For the 95% of us that donít need these draconian measures this is just plain stupid and potentially unsafe.

    Iíve heard a few Android phones have a ďbluetooth bypassĒ option but apparently itís rare (mine doesnít have it) and Iíve read it doesnít always work. I also canít just disable locking since I connect to my workís Exchange email which requires the device to have a PIN. And I shouldnít have to throw away ALL security just to drive safely anyway.

    Iíd love to stick with Android and support a developer friendly platform but Iím not going to sacrifice usability and safety to do so. This issue is a deal breaker for me Ė Iíd be using an iPhone right now if I knew of this problem a few months ago. If itís not solved Iíll be an iPhone user in about 8 months. This would be a shame since I donít like Apple as a company, itís too bad they seem to be the only ones who really get how people use technology.

    If you know of a *real* solution to this problem Iíd love to hear it. So far everything Iíve found out there goes unanswered (except for flames and other unconstructive replies) or states unrealistic answers (turn off security, stop making phone calls while driving, blah blah blah).
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    Why did you copy paste a rant into multiple Android forums instead of asking a question minus the nerd rage? You would likely get more constructive responses and quicker to boot if you applied a slight amount of forum let alone net etiquette. (PS I R copy pasta 2!)
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    I've posted this problem a couple months ago and I did not get any constructive replies back myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Default Re: Canít place calls from Bluetooth device when the phone is loc

    My GS2 will make bluetooth calls from when locked perfectly well. when paired to my infiniti g35, i press call from the steering panel and even when the phone is locked it will dial any number in my phonebook.
    ezz no problem, mang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by werds View Post
    Why did you copy paste a rant into multiple Android forums instead of asking a question minus the nerd rage? You would likely get more constructive responses and quicker to boot if you applied a slight amount of forum let alone net etiquette. (PS I R copy pasta 2!)
    I posted it across forums because people don't seem to respond to these questions except with stupid flames like yours lol. If you don't have anything constructive to add to the thread maybe just shut it?? I bought a phone, it doesn't seem to work as a phone should and I'm trying to solve the problem, end of story. Anyway I'll reply across forums too...

    I'm headed into the AT&T store tomorrow to do some definitive tests but so far I'm skeptical people who say it's working for them truly have their phone locked (with a PIN, etc). The Bluetooth unit in question is a Parrot CK3100 LCD - a bit dated (3 years old) but it works flawlessly with several WinMo phones, several non smartphones (mostly Nokia's), and we just tried a friend's iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. In all cases phonebook and voice dialing not only worked excellently it worked when the phones were truly locked and the screen off.

    On the other hand the 3 Android devices I've tried all have the same problem - they won't dial out either by phone book entry or voice recognition unless you unlock the device first. The 3 devices are: Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T), Samsung Galaxy S (Verizon), and EVO 3D (T-Mobile).

    Unfortunately I don't have any other Bluetooth headsets to try out, hence my planned trip to AT&T. I plan on walking out of their either with a Bluetooth device that works or an iPhone Thanks for the replies.
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    Default Re: Canít place calls from Bluetooth device when the phone is loc

    When my GSII is locked with a pattern lock hitting the button on my Jawbone Era does nothing. If the phone is unlocked then Vlingo fires up and it works fine.
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    No problems calling from a locked phone here. Acura TSX.

    Sent from my GT-P7510
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    Quote Originally Posted by rajahd View Post
    ...Now I have to dig the phone out and unlock the device before I can use my handsfree system…
    That is done on purpose to prevent someone from taking your phone and bluetooth and being able to use your phone without unlocking it.

    You could use to automatically unlock your phone when you connect your bluetooth.

    Since security is not an issue for you, you could use an app like to skip the lock screen completely.

    Or ICS has a built in option to keep the phone on while on a charger.

    Or the does the same thing for free until ICS comes out. When you get in the car, pop the phone into a dock or onto a charger and unlock it. It will stay unlocked until you leave the car and will be charged.

    Before you consider an iPhone, are your sure that you would be OK giving up 40 of your features? See the: Apple User's Guide to Android.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rajahd View Post
    I posted it across forums because people don't seem to respond to these questions except with stupid flames like yours lol. If you don't have anything constructive to add to the thread maybe just shut it?? I bought a phone, it doesn't seem to work as a phone should and I'm trying to solve the problem, end of story. Anyway I'll reply across forums too...

    I'm headed into the AT&T store tomorrow to do some definitive tests but so far I'm skeptical people who say it's working for them truly have their phone locked (with a PIN, etc). The Bluetooth unit in question is a Parrot CK3100 LCD - a bit dated (3 years old) but it works flawlessly with several WinMo phones, several non smartphones (mostly Nokia's), and we just tried a friend's iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. In all cases phonebook and voice dialing not only worked excellently it worked when the phones were truly locked and the screen off.

    On the other hand the 3 Android devices I've tried all have the same problem - they won't dial out either by phone book entry or voice recognition unless you unlock the device first. The 3 devices are: Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T), Samsung Galaxy S (Verizon), and EVO 3D (T-Mobile).

    Unfortunately I don't have any other Bluetooth headsets to try out, hence my planned trip to AT&T. I plan on walking out of their either with a Bluetooth device that works or an iPhone Thanks for the replies.
    I'm sorry if you failed to see the constructive part of my post. The portion that mentioned how being rude is less likely to get you help. Then again I kind of figured you wouldn't comprehend that anyways even before I made my initial response. BTW when you posted your initial comment a quick Google search answered the question the same as how Milo responded.

    I also went out and tested it with my Jabra bluetooth speaker and with my wifes bluetooth in her Hyundai. Same result- if I am only on a lock screen with no password or pattern lock bluetooth picks up and voice calls just fine with no issue. If there is a lock on it then it won't. Makes simple sense as far as security goes and the issues are easily bypassed.
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    I can understand OPs nerd rage. I dislike the pointless replies like "don't talk & drive, har har." When I ask for assistance I want viable solutions & not pointless dribble that doesn't address my concern. However, being a psychology nerd I also understand that when expressing such an opinion there will always be those that will push back anyways & often on purpose upon hearing/reading such comments. @OP, the best way to avoid flamers is to not fuel the fire. But I can empathize with your frustration.

    Anyways, I'm following this topic bec I just got a Bluetooth & experienced the same issue when using a pattern lock. It maybe a security risk for bluetooth to bypass the lock but that's my risk to take. If tasker will solve this, while still remaining locked, that would be a decent work-around. But I would prefer that ICS implement this feature built in.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S II
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    Quote Originally Posted by werds View Post
    ... BTW when you posted your initial comment a quick Google search answered the question the same as how Milo responded...
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    Just to put closure to this, the situation has been remedied. AT&T is swapping my phone with an iPhone. I talked to a lot of unhelpful, unfriendly, and uncaring customer service people but finally reached someone who understood the issue and was willing to resolve the situation fairly.

    It's also confirmed without a doubt that by default Android OSs (at least up to 2.3.x) deny bluetooth control while the phone is locked (PIN/pattern locked, not just screenlocked). As I stated in my original post calling this a security feature is crazy - *most* people don't need this level of security especially when it it compromises the ability to use the phone safely. To have this as a default, unchangeable behavior is asinine.

    Those of you who are reporting your phone works fully with bluetooth even when locked are in the minority - either you're just screenlocking the phone (no PIN/pattern required), you're plugging into a device which disables locking (some recent built in car systems have this feature apparently) or you've got a rare model that has bluetooth bypass. Go buy a lottery ticket cause you're lucky!

    For now I'm jumping off the Android bandwagon. Good luck and again thanks to those who made constructive replies.
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    Default Re: Canít place calls from Bluetooth device when the phone is loc

    I found a solution. I installed Tasker and Secure Settings. In Tasker, I create a profile for when my bluetooth device connects to my phone. I then created a task that disables my PIN.
    I also created a profile that re-enables my PIN when the bluetooth connection is lost.

    I still say that Samsung has this screwed up and I'm very disappointed that I even had to install third party software to make this work.

    Greg
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    This is my first ever post. I have the same problem... but the most frustrating part is that it USED to work until a few months ago. I cannot remember exactly when. I have an ~1 year old Samsung Galaxy Nexus and a Plantronics Voyager Pro+ bluetooth. I have a passcode on my phone. Until a few months ago, I would put on my BT headset, press and hold the button, and VOILA, the default Google voice dialer would come up and pretty accurately hear my "Call xxxx at yyy" requests. I'm on 4.1 of the OS now. The problem seemed to occur when Voice Dial became Voice Search. I have some older direct-dial widgets and don't see a way to get new ones. It is as if the older Voice Dial just disappeared and the new Voice Search doesn't have the same "dialing" smarts. I got some tech support from Plantronics this week - it was suggested that I delete my headset from the bluetooth list, turn off phone, and re-pair. The BT at least now will dial with a 2-second press, but it will still not wake up the phone and unlock it. That feature seems to be gone. VERY frustrating (and unsafe). Without further solutions, I will have to decide if I want to lock my phone or be able to make handsfree calls from the car. I hope this info gives others some insight or maybe someone will have more info on progress towards a solution.
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    I have tried to do this I have managed to download tasker but I am struggling to create profile and tasks. any chance you coudl do a step by step (word for word) what you did? thanks

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