I forgot my Android pin, password or pattern. Here’s The Real Fix

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You forgot your Android pin, password or pattern?

Locked out of your phone?

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

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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

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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:

  1. Turn off your Android device
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

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.

  1. Download and install the software on your computer.
  2. Click on “Unlock” from the main screen
  3. A new window will show up, then connect your phone to the computer with an USB cable
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to enter your phone into Download mode
  5. The software will download the appropriate recovery package for your phone
  6. Once the download is complete, the software will perform a complete analysis of your device and remove the password.

This process should only take a few mins, and your phone will restart and your password/pattern or pin removed. There shouldn’t be any data loss during this process.

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