Android devices can be locked in a number of ways such as using a password, pin, pattern, gesture or even face recognition. While choosing one of these methods might not be a problem as all of them are equally effective, one could face problems if you forget the combination to unlock your phone but don’t worry. This tutorial here is to help you unlock your phone if you face any such problem:
Android 5.0 And Up
Android 5.0 improved the phone’s unlocking mechanism to make it more secure in case it fell into the wrong hands but it also means that unlocking your phone after forgetting the combination gets a bit more difficult. Unfortunately, unlike Android 4.4 and above, Android 5.0 and above do not have the feature to simply reset your phone’s password or pin or pattern by signing into your Google account. But that doesn’t mean you cannot unlock your phone. We’ll tell you how.
If you had enabled the Smart Lock feature on your Android device before, you can save a lot of time.
This feature simply unlocks your phone under certain set conditions like when you’re at a preset location like your home or when it connects to your car’s Bluetooth etc. So if you ever forget your phone’s lockscreen combination, just go to your home and the device will be unlocked.
If you have not enabled the Smart Lock feature on your Android device, there are other methods too. If you own a Samsung device, the task is very easy for you. Just go to the Samsung find me device website with the Samsung account signed in on your device and just click on the “Unlock my screen“option which will unlock your device’s lockscreen.
Custom Recovery Installed
If your device is rooted and you have custom recovery installed, the task is no difficult for you either. Just boot into the recovery mode and you can flash a new ROM to remove the code but that again might need you to first factory-reset your phone resulting in data loss. If you choose this option, we recommend you take out your phone’s SD card before doing so.
Android 4.4 and below
Unlocking the lock screen on Android 4.4 and below is easy compared to Android 5.0. Thanks to a feature that was removed in the newer version of Android. This feature lets you unlock your lockscreen by entering in your Google account details incase you don’t remember the lockscreen combination. To do that, enter any wrong combination 5 times until the “Forgot password“, “Forgot PIN” or “Forgot pattern” options appear. Select the appropriate option and then just enter the details of the Google account that you have signed in with on the device. This will unlock the lockscreen of your device.
If none of the above mentioned methods work, you’ll have to factory reset your device resulting in the loss of all data on the phone. This data can be restored if the Sync option on your phone was on. You can factory reset and wipe your phone by booting it into Recovery mode. As all devices have different ways to boot into recovery mode, we can’t write them all here so you’ll have to Google the way to boot your device into Recovery Mode and the factory reset and wipe it. Doing this will wipe your phone and remove the lockscreen and you’ll have to start from scratch.
We hope this method helped you. Leave any queries and suggestions in the comments below and stay tuned for more.