I know it’s a pain since it has happened to me many times before. Here’s what you need to do to recover your Android device if you forgot pin, password or pattern.
Forgot Android Pin, Password or Pattern? The Fix.
Method 1: Unlock Android Phone with Google Account
If you’ve incorrectly entered your password five times, and on the sixth time your phone is blocked. You’ll have to wait for 30 seconds before attempting again. If you still can’t figure out your password, you’ll have to admit you forget it.
To do so, click on Forgot pattern? Once you do that, you’ll be prompted a screen to enter your Google account to unlock your phone. After you’ve successfully signed in with your Gmail and password, you can now draw a new pattern. You should note that your phone needs to have an internet connection for this method to work.
Method 2: Unlock Android Phone with Factory Data Reset
If for some reasons you can’t log in to your Google account or you were using your Android phone without a Google account, you may need to perform a factory reset. Here’s how to do that:
Turn off your Android device
Hold down the Power button and Volume Down key for a few seconds until you see the logo of your device. Once the logo shows up on the screen, release the Power button but keep holding on the Volume Down key until you phone enters into recovery mode.
Use the volume key to navigate the menu. Go to “Wipe Data/Factory Reset”, it will erase everything (settings and data) on your phone. That’s why it’s always good to back up your Android phone.
Once reset, you’ll have to set up your phone again from scratch. It’s recommended to remove the SD card if your phone has one. It will ensure any files stored on there to be preserved.
Method 3: Unlock Android Phone without Losing Data
If you don’t have a Google account and don’t want to factory reset your phone, you’ll have to download and install the Android Lock Screen Removal toolkit on a computer.