Will Verduzco · Jul 8, 2013 at 08:30 am

Remote Control Your Phone via SMS

Just a few days ago, we featured an app that allows users to bypass their lock screens via SMS command. While incredibly useful in and of itself, it would be great to have this kind of functionality extended to other tasks, and that is exactly what XDA Forum Member jkok has done with his new app SMS Tasks.

Similar to the previously covered SMS Bypass, SMS Tasks is an SMS receiver app that listens in on your incoming SMS messages in order to perform any number of commands. And as you would expect, executing a command is quite easy. Simply send an SMS to the device with the command@password.

So what commands are supported? Quite a few, though the vast majority require root access:

  • Shut down phone (root only)
  • Reboot phone (root only)
  • Reboot to recovery (root only)
  • Send a terminal command (root only)
  • Uninstall an app via package name (root only)
  • Send one or several toast messages
  • Bypass the lock screen security (root only)

Head over to the application thread to get started. Having this type of safety net could prove quite useful in a number of situations. While you’re at it, leave some feedback for the developer since this is his first app.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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