We store almost any sort of personal data on our mobile devices and we use passwords and patterns to protect them. Chances are, you have many accounts and you have chosen different passwords for them. This might be safer to have different passwords for different accounts, but this will increase the chance that you will forget your passwords. But what if you have forgotten the passcode to your mobile phone? It is definitely a great idea to protect your mobile device with a long enough password or a complicated enough pattern, but what if we forget it? As there are ways you can use to unlock iPhone, there are also methods you can use to unlock Android phone and bypass Android password or pattern. So, if you have got locked out of your device, you are in the right place as I’m about to give you the tutorial on how you can unlock your phone.
Methods to unlock Android phone
You may have had the experience of forgetting the passcode or pattern to unlock your phone and this may have put you in too much trouble because the only way to be able to use your phone again is to try to remember your passcode. But if you are unable to remember your passcode, you might think it would be a good idea to ask an expert to unlock your phone using some methods. The truth is, there are some ways you can use to unlock Android phone without the help of an expert. But what you need to consider is that the methods that I am going to explain below might not work on some specific devices. However, I recommend you to try these methods before you wipe or reset your device to unlock your phone.
Use Android Lock Screen Removal
Android Lock Screen Removal is one of the most popular applications of dr.fone website which is known to be one of the best methods to unlock Android phone. This application is able to unlock Android devices such as Samsung S series and Note series along with LG G2, G3, and G4 devices. This application is very powerful and can help you to easy bypass Android lock.
One of the most marvellous features of this application is the ability to unlock Android phone protected by pattern, PIN, password or finger print. Also, this application is able to unlock Android phone without deleting any sort of data on the device. Using this application is very simple and does not require much expertise.
Use Find My Mobile for Samsung devices
If you are a Samsung device owner, you can use a service called Find My Mobile which comes on your Samsung device by default to unlock Android phone. This feature is extremely useful in case you need to track a lost or stolen device. If you are a Samsung owner, you can use this service to locate your device or wipe your device remotely. You can also use this service to unlock your phone. All you need is to have activated this service previously and then you need to login to your Samsung account on your computer and send the command to unlock your phone.
Use Android Device Manager
Another fast and easy method you can use to unlock Android phone and bypass Android pattern or password is to Android Device Manager which is service that comes by default on all Android devices. This service is much similar to Find My Mobile service for Samsung devices and it can be used to track a mobile phone or wipe a device remotely. In order to use ADM to unlock your phone, what you need to do is to login to your google account associated with your device and then send the command to unlock your phone.
Use Google login to unlock Android phone
Another method which can be used to unlock an Android phone is by logging into Google account which is activated on your mobile phone. But unfortunately, this method will not work for you if your Android version is higher than 4.4! So this method is only for device with Android versions 4.4 or lower. In order to use this method, you need to enter the wrong password or pattern 5 times and then tap on Forgot Pattern. You can then enter your username and password to your Google account and proceed to unlock your device easily. So if you own an old Android device, you can use this very simple method to unlock your device.
Use Pattern Password Disable and Custom Recovery
In order to use this method to unlock your device, you need to be familiar with Android root and custom recovery. To use this method, you need to install custom recovery on your phone and your phone need to have external memory. When your phone is locked and you do not remember the passcode, in order to a add a specific file to your phone, you will need to use the external memory. Here are the steps you need to take:
- Download “Pattern Password Disable” in the form of a Zip file and use the computer to transfer it to your external memory.
- Insert the external memory to your device
- Restart your phone in recovery mode
- Flash the file from the external memory and restart your phone
- Now the device is unlocked
Use ADB to unlock Android phone
Another efficient method which can be used to unlock Android devices is ADB. But this method works only if you have activated USB debugging on your phone before. Your device is allowed to connect to a computer via ADB only if USB debugging is activated on it. So if you have this prerequisite, you can use this method to unlock your phone. Here are steps you need to take:
- Connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable.
- Open SMD and go to the file direction where you have copied ADB there.
- Enter (adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key) command and press enter.
- Restart your phone
- Remember to set a new password for your phone before you restart it for the second time.
Use reboot to safe mode
If you have used a third-part locker app to lock your device, you can be hopeful to unlock your device with this method. In order to use this method to unlock your phone, you will need to enter safe mode on your phone and remove the locker pp. Here are the steps you need to take:
- Press and hold the power button to view the menu
- Tap and hold on the power off option
- Click on yes to reboot to safe mode
- In the safe mode, go to the list of your applications and remove the locker app
- Reset your phone one more time
Reset to factory settings
The last method that I am going to explain which can be used to unlock an Android phone is by resetting the device to factory settings. This method will not only unlock your Android phone, but it will also wipe all the data on your phone. Because of this, this method is considered to be a method which is very risky. Resetting to factory settings might be different on various Android devices.