Encrypted Android Device and TWRP Unlock

Recently, I setup an Android device and used the 4×4 pattern. Then I went through the steps to encrypt the device. Later that day, I needed to install another ZIP from recovery. So I rebooted into recovery to find that TWRP only has a 3×3 grid for unlocking. At first, I thought I would have to erase everything and start over. After doing some digging, I found out there is a way to unlock recovery using ADB. Here we go…

Use this Java snippet to get your DECRYPT_CODE. In the end, you’ll be entering Usage: adb shell twrp decrypt DECRYPT_CODE to get access to your TWRP recovery.

Dots are numbered in order like this:

// 3 x 3
0 1 2
3 4 5
6 7 8

// 4 x 4
0 1 2 3
4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15

// 5×5
0 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24

// same goes for 6×6 or larger patterns

Write down the dots in order you connect them, so the simple 3×3 pattern (U pattern from top left to top right corner) translates into 0,3,6,7,8,5,2, put these numbers in code where DOT_NUMBERS_HERE is.

Then use javac Pattern && java Pattern and use the unlock code in adb shell twrp decrypt DECRYPT_CODE command.

I must give credit where it is due. This solution came from a comment on GitHub and I just tweaked the Java a little bit. I hope it worked for you. If it did, please leave a comment below.

“Lark Rise to Candleford” BBC TV Series

You have your cup of tea steeping. Your biscuits are fresh out of the oven (or the plastic container from the market). You have your best English accent polished up in your head. Time to get cozy. Get your soft fluffy blanket all piled up and your snotty little cat sitting by your side. It’s time to put on “Lark Rise to Candleford”.

This is one of my most favorite of all time TV shows to relax, unwind and sip tea to. Or wine. Whichever works best! It’s like “Little House on the Prairie” grown up and British. The characters are so charming and hold great humor in each one. The plots are serious but kind and usually end up well. This series was adapted by the BBC from Flora Thompson‘s trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about the English countryside, published between 1939 and 1943.

The show makes you feel good before bedtime. Which is something I have really come to appreciate. No more CNN or stressful news at night. No more emotional wreckage shows at night, where you end up feeling sad and scared. No, give me “Lark Rise to Candleford” any night instead!

I used to be able to watch on Netflix or Amazon for free, however they changed that pretty quickly. My mom bought the entire series however, so now I can just borrow the DVD’s from her! Oh happy day!! Or should I say, oh happy night!

I truly adore this series, despite it ending way too soon for it’s own good. And as an added bonus, you will find our beloved Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) from another British favorite of mine, “Downton Abbey”, staring in a main role before he appeared on Downton! You will surely find other actors and actresses from Downton appearing on this series as well.

If you haven’t watched this show yet, now is the time. Buy yourself a cat, get a cozy blanket, brew up some tea and get your British accent on! It about bloody time!


Here’s the link to buy the DVD’s!




Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais, MN

When you visit Grand Marais, MN you feel like you are visiting a coastal town, maybe somewhere out East. You don’t expect a town like this in Northern Minnesota, and it’s a very cool surprise. I can’t believe I had never been there before this past November. I had driven through the town but never stopped to take in all of its charm. Another great surprise was the Dockside Fish Market, where you can get fresh fish and seafood. And I mean FRESH! They actually catch their fish and get it in daily. You can see what their catch of the day is on their website and in their store.

You can also get seafood, which for MN is very fresh! It’s flown in for them. I ordered fish and chips and a side of shrimp cocktail. AND a glass of white wine! It was all so good. (Don’t forget their fresh cheese selection as well!) And the view you can’t beat. It feels very nautical as you sit on the shore of the Great Lake that looks so much like an ocean you can transport yourself easily to the coast.

They have a great menu to order from and a whole deli area of things to buy and take with you. We ended up ordering scallops to go and cooked them up at the resort we were staying at. They were SO GOOD. Of course good preparation for scallops is essential and my brother is a fabulous chef so they turned out just perfect. Quality ingredients is the first step however, and they were quality my friends. We will be going back, I cannot wait!

They are seasonal so be aware of their hours of operation. In the meantime, start planning your trip and check out their website: docksidefishmarket.com

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