LeapFrog Epic part 1: The hidden Lock Screen.

EDIT: If you have any inquiries or are getting stuck with updating the ROM, kindly let me know either on the LeapFrog Epic Guy page on Facebook, or on my personal Facebook account.

So I got my hands on a pair of these units from a friend of mine who was generous enough to donate for free. While getting these in-store demo units to work as a retail device is a pain and a half to do (more on that in a later post), I've had fun modding and poking into the internals to see what can be done with it. There are actually a LOT of hidden and/or dummied out features in the tablet, most of which can be accessed through the open-source Activity Launcher.

For instance, LeapFrog dummied out access to the lock screen settings by removing menu references to said options in Settings. They disabled the AOSP lock screen presumably to save children the (supposed) frustration of having to unlock their device upon using it. It is however possible to re-enable it and add a lock pattern or a simple slide to unlock prompt in case you need one:

On the home screen or the parental controls menu, go to your browser and download this APK:

Alternatively, download F-Droid from the official website and look for Activity Launcher. Assuming that you already enabled Unknown Sources for sideloading Amazon, installing F-Droid and the launcher should be easy.

Once installed, you'll be greeted by this screen:
 Click on the Recent Activities drop-down menu, then click on All Activities.

Once there, scroll down until you find the Settings app:
 Click on it to bring down all its activities, then tap Unlock selection.
Once there, it's all up to you to choose between a slider lock or a PIN/password/pattern.
If done correctly, you'll end up with this the next time you put your Epic out of standby:
 

Be careful with the pattern locks though. It can be cracked using tools like Miracle Box, but still for the average user, getting locked out of this is a pain and a half to deal with. And please note that I am not in any way responsible if your child's tablet gets knackered real good with the use of unsupported software or hacks - users are advised to make backups of any of their device's content and to observe caution in doing any of these procedures.

Comments

Unknown said…
I have a leapfrog epic that is I. he store demo mode. Can u help me unlock It? Please.
Huckleberry Pie said…
Are you able to contact me through Hangouts, Facebook or some other venue so I can walk you through fixing your LeapFrog Epic?
Ashley Casey said…
Yes I have facebook!
Huckleberry Pie said…
Search for "Blake Gripling" on Facebook. I'm the one with the glasses.
Carolyn said…
I'm having the same issue, please help
Huckleberry Pie said…
You have a Facebook account, right? Message me there (I go by the name Blake Gripling) so I can help you further.
I just sent you a Facebook message about the same problem.
Kimberly Laws said…
please add me I'll send you a request . my mom bought one off of a wholesale pallet and it's locked in demo mode.
Huckleberry Pie said…
Alright, let me add you first and I'll see what I can do with your tablet.
Huckleberry Pie said…
Can you give me a link to your Facebook profile please?
max horne said…
Hi Huckleberry

I have sent you a PM on Facebook,please check if you got it and your fillters

Thanks
max horne said…
Hi, not sure if you got my pm on facebook?
TammyAdkins44 said…
Can someone help me disable demo mode on my sons leapfrog epic. My FB name is Tammy Redmon Adkins. Thanks
Huckleberry Pie said…
@TammyAdkins44 - There, just left you a message on Facebook.
please help me too my face book name angela choudhury
Huckleberry Pie said…
@Surajeet Choudhury - Check your Facebook inbox. I've just sent you a message.
Jennifer Noble said…
We just got our son one an the activation code isn't working and the tablet won't go past the activation screen... Anyway around this?
Huckleberry Pie said…
Can you message me on Facebook? I'll see what I can do with your son's tablet from here.
Jose Ortiz said…
I just messaged you I think I'm having same issue I need help
GERARDO LOPEZ said…
I sent a message on facebook
I just bought my son an epic from leapfrog that came from a online purchase so unfortunately I wasn't given an activation code, please help me i spent good money for learning advantage and my son is really disappointed I cant get past the activation
Huckleberry Pie said…
@Rogelio - Message me on my Facebook profile. I'll see what I can do with it from my end.
Laura said…
i'm in the same boat no activation code for leapfrog epic tablet ... frustrated ... parental locks on other leapfrog leapsters i bought used for my son :( wish i would have known before i bought them
Terry Walker said…
I have been given a leapfrog epic academy edition but was not given a activation code. My daughter isn't gonna be stoked. Any chance I can get some help with this...Thank you
Huckleberry Pie said…
@Terry Walker Have you tried contacting LeapFrog about it? I am yet to work around this problem as I don't have an SKU or a willing subject to test whatever it is that I might come up with. That being said please leave a message on my Facebook so I can further assist you.
Hi, I found you on the book however I wasn't able to send u a pm with it being blocked nor a friend request. I recently purchased an epic from someone with a not so great charter, I turned it on when it started I just assumed it was great. After a little searching I have found that I need an activation code, I called leapfrog they said they have no record of it being sold. Just my luck!I was wondering if u could help in any way. I have connected it to my computer to look at the files, I'm not that knowledge in this area but I could find anything that would help my Facebook is https://m.facebook.com/thatonefemale tia
What will an sku do? Your talking about the stock keeping unit right? I'm pretty sure I can get it if u think it will help. And I suppose I could test a few things if u still need it
Huckleberry Pie said…
@Joanie Schindler - Check your Facebook inbox. I just left you a message regarding your device.

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