If you're reading this, you've probably lost or forgot your Android phone's Pin/Pattern or password and are looking for a way to unlock it. Don't worry; it happens a lot more frequently than you might imagine and we have 7 ways to unlock Android Phone without password
To help you get out of this problem, CollectiveRay has put together a list of ways to bypass the Android lock screen so you can get back into your phone without losing any data.
The main reason to use a lock screen security feature on your smartphone is to prevent strangers (or friends) from viewing your private messages or photos. (Though there are other ways to do this, such as using anonymous chat apps or hiding photos on Android).
Beyond that, you don't want anyone who steals your phone to have complete access to your emails, photos, or other personal information. But what if it's you who can't get into your phone and need to unlock an Android phone quickly.
Isn't it possible that you'll forget your PIN or pattern? Or someone plays a practical joke on you by setting up a lock screen pattern and then leaving you to figure it out.
In any case, there's a simple solution to this that doesn't involve slamming your phone against a wall (or your friend's face).
The only requirement is that Android Device Manager is turned on on your device (before you locked yourself out of your phone). If you have a Samsung phone, you can also use your Samsung account to unlock it, as you'll see below.
So if you forgot your Android lock screen pattern, PIN, or password? Here’s what you can do.
We successfully unlocked various Android phones and devices using the following methods: lock screen pattern, PIN, and password.
1. Unlock your Android device using Google Find My Device / Android Device Manager (ADM)
As previously stated, the following method is only applicable to Android Device Manager-enabled devices, or Google Find My Device as it is now known as.
- Visit or Google Find My Device (previously google.com/android/devicemanager) on a computer or other mobile device.
- Sign in with the same Google credentials you used on your locked phone.
- Select the device you want to unlock in the interface (if it isn't already selected).
- 'Lock' should be selected.
- Enter a temporary password in the window that appears. You are not required to type a recovery message. Now press the 'Lock' button once more.
- You should see a confirmation below the box with the buttons Ring, Lock, and Erase if it was successful.
- You should now see a password field on your phone, where you should enter the temporary password. Your phone should now be unlocked.
- Go to your phone's lock screen settings and disable the temporary password before continuing with your life.
- That’s it!
2. Unlock your Android lock screen pattern with your Google login (only Android 4.4 and below)
There is a faster way to unlock a lock screen pattern if you haven't updated your firmware to Android Lollipop (5.0).
- You must enter the wrong lock screen pattern five times (shouldn't be difficult if you don't remember the correct one).
- Choose 'Forgot Pattern' from the drop-down menu.
- You should now be able to log in to your Google account or enter a backup PIN.
- Either your backup PIN or your Google login will be required.
- You should now be able to unlock your phone.
3. Bypass your Samsung phone lock screen using Find My Mobile tool
If you've already created a Samsung account and registered it, this is a simple way to unlock your device.
- Go to the Samsung Find My Phone page.
- Sign in with your Samsung credentials.
- On the left hand side of the Find My Mobile account interface, you should see your registered phone. This indicates that your phone is associated with that account.
- Select 'Unlock my screen' from the left sidebar.
- Now choose 'Unlock' and wait a few seconds for the procedure to complete.
- You should receive a notification that your screen has been unlocked.
- That is all there is to it. You should have unlocked your phone.
4. Disable your lock screen using custom recovery and “Pattern Password Disable” (SD card needed)
This method is for Android users who are familiar with the terms "rooting" and "custom recovery." To make this work, you'll need any kind of custom recovery installed, as well as an SD card slot on your phone.
What is the purpose of the SD card? We need to transfer a ZIP file to your phone, which is typically impossible when it is locked.
The only way to get the file is to put it on an SD card. Unfortunately, card slots have become increasingly rare in smartphones, so this will only work for a limited number of people.
This is what you must do:
- Open your computer, download the Pattern Password Disable ZIP file and save it to an SD card.
- Then open your phone, insert the SD card.
- Restart your phone in recovery mode.
- Then open up the ZIP file on your SD card.
- Without a locked screen, your phone should start up. Don't be alarmed if you see a password or gesture lock screen. Simply type in a random password or gesture to unlock your phone.
5. Erase your phone (and lock screen) using Android Device Manager / Google Find My Device
If none of the above methods worked, you'll need to take more drastic measures. If unlocking your phone with Android Device Manager didn't work, you can use it to erase all data by selecting the Erase button.
Be aware that this will erase all of your phone's apps, settings, and other data. The good news is that once the erasing process is completed, you will be able to use your phone once more (after setting everything up).
6. Reset your phone to factory settings
If Android Device Manager / Google Find My Device fails to work, your only option is to perform a factory reset on your device. This can be done in recovery mode on Nexus devices, for example. We'll walk you through the process of resetting your Nexus device in the sections below.
If you have an Android phone from a different manufacturer, go to this site and look for your manufacturer's support page.
How to perform a factory reset on your Nexus using recovery mode:
Important note: If your Nexus device is running Android 5.1 or higher, you'll be prompted to enter a Google username and password after the factory reset is completed.
This is a safety feature that ensures no one else can reset your phone or tablet. If you do not enter that information, the phone will become unusable. Make sure you have your Google username and password memorized.
You'll need an internet connection regardless of which version of Android you're using, and you'll need to wait at least 72 hours if you recently changed your Google account password.
- Turn your device off.
- Continue to hold down the volume down and power buttons. Your device will boot into the bootloader and display "Start" and an Android lying on its back.
- Press the volume down button to cycle through the options until "Recovery Mode" appears (pressing volume down twice). To enter recovery mode, press the power button again.
- On its back, there should be an Android and a red exclamation mark.
- Hold down the power button for a few seconds, then press and release the volume up button. On the top, you should see "Android Recovery" written along with some options.
- Go down the options by pressing the volume down button until "Wipe data/factory reset" is selected. To select this option, press the power button.
- Go down with the volume down button until "Yes – erase all user data" appears. Make sure you've read all of the notes above before pressing the power button to begin the reset process.
- Press the power button to select the reboot option once the process is complete. Your device will now reboot and go through the initial setup process. That concludes our discussion. Now all you have to do is set everything up and restore your data.
You can also go to Google's official website and follow the steps there.
7. Bypass Android Lock Screen by Tenorshare 4uKey for Android
You can easily and quickly remove Android passwords, patterns, and fingerprint locks without losing data with Tenorshare 4uKey for Android.
Whatever the reason for your Android phone being locked, this powerful software can assist you in gaining access to your locked device with ease.
- After downloading and installing 4uKey for Android from its official website, run it on your system. Then, using a USB cable, connect your phone to the system.
- Once the software has detected your connected device, click the "Remove" button to download the appropriate package for bypassing the lock screen.
- When you receive a confirmation message, tap the "Ok" button. You'll be able to unlock your locked phone in a matter of minutes.
More proven methods to unlock your phone submitted by our readers
It's possible that none of the options listed above were successful in getting you past the lock screen. Fortunately, some of our readers who were having trouble bypassing their lock screen were able to come up with even more inventive solutions and generously shared them with us.
That's something we're very grateful for!
We haven't thoroughly tested them on a variety of devices or Android versions, so we can't guarantee that they will work for you. However, a number of people were able to regain access to their phones, and we hope you will as well.
- Make a call to your locked phone from a different phone.
- During the call, accept the call and press the back button.
- This should give you full control over your phone.
- Try removing the pin or pattern from your phone's security settings. To do so, you must first enter the current one, which you clearly do not recall.
- The only way to find out is to guess and try different combinations until you find one that works. If you make it this far, you can either disable the pin or set a new one.
Someone also submitted the following (probably only applicable to LG phones):
If your Wifi and data connection are both turned off, Zubairuddin's ingenious method can help you out. Because it relies on LG's native quick memo app, this method may only work on LG phones, as previously stated.
- Hold the volume up key down until the Quick Memo app appears.
- Make a random drawing in it.
- Select SmartShare from the sharing menu.
- SmartShare should turn on Bluetooth and Wifi on your phone (important here is Wifi).
- Make sure you're near a Wifi network that your phone will automatically connect to.
- Now that you've reconnected to the internet, you can try any of the methods listed above that require a data connection.
It is really important for you to create a new PIN or pattern for your lock screen? I think it's only essential to put a mobile lock only if you have important information stored on your device or if you need to hide your private data from others.
To avoid the hassle the next time, write down the numbers or patterns on a piece of paper or in a text file on your computer. Please leave a comment if you have any difficulties using the methods outlined above.
How to Unlock Android’s lock screen FAQs
How do I get around the Android lock screen password?
You can reset the Android Pattern or Reset Password with Find My Device for Android. The best way to get past the lock screen on many Android phones and tablets is to use the inbuilt Find My Device service. You'll need to use it from another Android device.
How do I get around a third-party app's pattern lock?
It's not difficult to gain access to your Android device by bypassing the pattern lock of third-party apps (rather than the default screen lock). All you have to do is boot your Android phone into Safe Mode, which will temporarily disable the third-party screen lock app that you've installed.
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