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Easy fix for lock screen bug [How To]

It's not really news as such, but a temporary fix for the issue some of us have experienced (and still are). As you can see in the video above this issue is a lock screen bug where should you wake up your screen once the device is locked you will see a quick glimpse of your home screen. Not really a security risk and you can't manipulate the home screen but an extreme annoyance when experienced for months. It seems to be affecting not only the Samsung Omnia 7 handset, but other devices too.

There is an easy solution, well setting reversal if you will since it requires you to turn back on a default setting. It's not one you'd expect either, prepare to be astonished. Auto-brightness. Yeah, you read that correctly, having auto-brightness turned off can cause this bug to occur. Should you be like myself and prefer to turn off any kind of automatic brightness balance in favour of a more constant and brighter screen then we're hit by this insane annoyance that prevents us from enjoying the experience of using the handset as we'd like to.

"You can toggle the auto-brightness by going to Settings > Brightness."

There's been no word on a fix in the works (we held off covering this in the hope that one of the previous updates would contain the solution), hopefully Mango (opens in new tab)? If not, I may just wander into the stores and see if the future Nokia handset(s) has the same problem. I'll be buying one anyway.

Have you experienced this bug?

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

7 Comments
  • Just tried this an it acctually works!! Shame though the screen goes to dim on auto-brightness for me i prefer a bright screen. Hopefully this gets fixed in Mango! It carnt come soon!!!!!
  • It works, but I'd rather have this bug than turn on auto-brightness!
  • Something interesting. I tried this fix, it worked, but like everyone else it seems, I prefer the bug and a nice bright screen. So I reset the setting, and so far the bug is still gone. Samsung Focus.
  • Yeah, I noticed it on my Focus a couple months back and stumbled onto the cause (and fix) through trial and error. Obnoxious bug. I really can't believe this escaped testing ...
  • So what I see in the video is holding down the Windows key to wake the phone up? That does nothing for me, does not wake it up.Samsung Focus rev 1.4, ATT. US.
  • The phone in the video is the Omnia7, which actually has a physical home button that allows you to wake the phone. The focus has to be woken up with the lock button.Yeah, I'm with you guys, I'll live with the bug rather than use auto brightness.
  • Yep ... the bug is irritating but ... the dim light is more irritating than that :D