How can I open my phone without losing data from a password lock?

Episode 1372 (1:08:27)

Vic from Glendale CA

Vic recently lost his son and he is trying to get into his computer and accounts, but only he had the passwords. Leo says that LastPass has a feature that will enable survivors to gain access to the data. The cellphone may be a more difficult proposal, though. The dangerous thing is that there is a setting in both Android and iOS that could erase the phone if he fails 10 times to open it up.

The Aroma File Manager is a possible solution, it bypasses the pattern. He can find it at forum.xda-developers.com here. SafeTricks.org has an article on how to bypass using Aroma here.

There's also ADB by Google.