One of the worst episodes that can happen to us with the mobile, in addition to losing it, is forget your Android unlock pattern, password or PIN. But everything in life has a solution and here we are going to try to show you some options if this has unfortunately been your case.
Before proceeding we must remember that there is no foolproof method in a situation as complex as the loss of your password. If there was an easy and random solution, any thief could take our mobile and unlock it and that is not exactly the case.
Over the years security and patterns they are getting safer and harder to skip by outsiders, but they are also getting smarter and the various technology companies offer us tools to be able to access and unlock our mobile if we show them that we really are the legitimate owners of the device.
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Find my device
If you have tried to put the unlock pattern several times and you do not remember the most effective method to unlock the mobile is with “Find my device” from Google, the old Android Device Manager. All official Android mobiles are associated with a Google account and thanks to this official tool we can from our locator computer, block or erase the device. But also create a new password and unlock it.
To do this we must visit the web myaccount.google.com/find-your-phone> enter our Google data> select the locked device> tap Lock> set a new password.
Now from the blocked mobile we can unlock it using this new password that we have established. The next step is to go to Settings and configure the locking system again.
Find my Samsung device and other tools
In addition to the generic methods, depending on the mobile we have we can access specific solutions that each manufacturer provides for their mobiles.
The most popular case is that of Samsung’s “Find My Mobile” service. We are facing a powerful suite that will allow us to control the Samsung remotely and among many other options unlock the device As long as we have the official Samsung account configured. In the end, it is recommended that whenever we have a mobile from a brand we try to be registered in their services since this way their products can be useful when we need them.
Another manufacturer with a similar product is Sony and the old PCCompanion, now MyXperia. Either from Windows or Mac we can install a program on our computer to unlock the device that we had previously notified the brand that it was ours.
In fact, in almost all mobile manufacturers we have at our disposal an official support website and we can find the option to ask them to unlock the device. Although in these cases the brand may ask us for specific information or even the invoice to do so.
Recover your password with Gmail
Main method of those Android mobiles with several years behind them. When we enter the pattern incorrectly five times We will see the option “Forgot your password”. It is here where if we have activated the WiFi or the data we can enter our email and your email password to unlock the device.
If we have also forgotten the Gmail account we have another problem, but sometimes we can recover it from the computer. If the failure is that we do not have the WiFi activated we can try it with the ADB method that we will leave below or trying to open an application associated with the lock screen that activates the WiFi automatically, such as LG SmartShare.
SmartLock and Google solutions
Android blocking methods are more and more numerous and we must remember that with only one of them we will be able to access the mobile. If we have forgotten the PIN, we may have fingerprint or facial recognition configured. If we don’t have the pattern, we may have activated face or proximity unlock. Or maybe we have a bluetooth bracelet that helps us to unlock it. Surely this is not the case, but it is always good to check it and especially configure the Android Smart Lock beforehand if you still do not have this problem.
Android allows us to unlock the mobile with multiple methods from Settings> Security> Screen lock: Swipe, pattern, PIN, password, NFC trusted agents, bluetooth, trusted sites, face or voice.
From the Play Services 7.5 we also have the option of Smart Lock Passwords, a Google manager that saves security information to access specific applications. Perhaps one of those passwords could be the solution. And another novelty that may be worth knowing is that since Android 8.0 Oreo the automation of certain applications has been facilitated to bypass the block if some requirements are met.
Safe mode to disable third-party locks
There is a fairly simple solution but it will only work if the blocking is done in third-party blocking applications and not with the system. We talk about the call “safe mode”, a method to start the mobile with the downloaded apps disabled.
To access this safe mode the way is different depending on the mobile, but normally it is to keep the shutdown button pressed, then a window appears with shutdown but we continue to hold until the warning appears. There we agree to restart in safe mode.
Once there, what we have to do is either reset the mobile or directly uninstall the blocking application that did not let us enter the mobile.
Eliminate the lock system with ADB
This is surely the most complicated method and only suitable for those users who are used to working with ADB commands. The prerequisite is that we have the USB debugging options enabledIf this is not the case, you will not be able to continue. We have not been able to check if it still works on Android 8.0 or higher.
If it happens that yes, you have to connect the mobile to the computer via USB cable. Enter the ADB directory and from the terminal execute the following command:
- “adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key”
After rebooting the device and the locking system should be gone. Another equivalent option would be:
- adb shell
update system set value = 0 where name = “lockpatternautolock “;
update system set value = 0 where name = “lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently”;
- adb devices
cd / data / system
rm * .key
rm * .key
It is important to note that these ADB commands will work in the case of having debugging enabled and the computer is authorized to work with the device, otherwise the ADB will not connect as it does not have the permissions.
Another option It is similar to installing a Pattern Password Disable file in the device’s SD memory like the one developed in XDA. It’s about a ZIP that we must flash on the blocked mobile to make the pattern effective, since any combination will work for us. Here each smartphone is a story and we cannot guarantee that it will work for all of them. We also link the file for devices with old MediaTek chips.
The definitive solution: reset the mobile
If there is a method that sure works is to perform a hard reset on Android and reset it to its factory settings. It has an important disadvantage and that is that if we carry out this method we will delete all data from the device except those saved on the microSD card.
Here the importance of backing up or have our information in the cloud, since even if we have to reset the mobile we will not lose our important data.
To do so we must normally press and hold the volume up button and the power off / on. This takes us to the recovery and from there the options to erase the data and format will appear.
- “wipe data / factory reset”
Bonus: avoid miracle solutions
We hope that if you have lost or forgotten the unlock pattern or PIN of your mobile you can recover it with one of the solutions that we have named here. We remind again the importance of making backup copies, be informed of the various blocking methods and have activated the security options of Google or the mobile manufacturer.
Of course, watch out because in these moments of uncertainty there are many methods that can cause a malfunction in our device. Other miracle methods no longer work for a long timesuch as making a call, picking it up, and going back to bypass the lock method. If your device is old you can try it, but Android has advanced enough in security that there are such simple methods.
Also warn you of the existence of payment methods that promise to recover our device and whose reliability is in question. There is no doctor who has a cure for all the problems in this world. For everything else, a lot of patience when it comes to recovering access to your Android.