Guide to Unlock an Android device with forgotten Lockscreen security PIN, Password/ Pattern, or Fingerprint/ Face Unlock without wiping data.
Smartphones brought a lot of security features that allow users to safely lock their phones using a password, PIN code, or a swipe pattern. Newer devices have introduced even more advanced technologies such as fingerprint scanner and face recognition. However, contrary to locking, unlocking the device after you’ve forgotten your credentials can be extremely difficult. Don’t worry; you most probably won’t have to boot your device to factory settings and losing all personal data, as we compiled a concise list of methods to unlock your device.
It’s worth noting that despite running the Android operating system, not all devices implement the same security settings regarding the device’s protection. That’s why some devices will require different techniques to bypass the Android locking system.
When Do You Need to Bypass Lock Screen Security?
Bypassing lock screen security, while providing back the access to your smartphone, isn’t always the wisest idea. However, there might be situations when it’s justified.
However, there are situations where this approach is ethically permittable. Many times we lose track of our passwords because, in the era of technology and internet, we use way too many of them. Many people have owned their smartphones for a long time and have valuable app history, chat logs, sweet selfies, music, and other multimedia with no backup or SD card to cover it. Booting the device back to the factory setting would erase all the data and thus, the memories.
Forgetting your password, PIN, or lock pattern happens more often than one would think. New technologies such as fingerprint scanner and facial recognition have enabled us to unlock our device in less than a second. That comfort often leads to us forgetting manual passwords. While some devices have special settings that require you to type your password every three days or less, most of the devices don’t so once your phone accidentally or purposely reboots, your device will ask you to unlock it using a manual password, which you don’t remember.
There are also situations where you might have found an old device you’d like to use for some purpose but can’t remember the password, because you haven’t used this device for a long time.
In these times, use the following methods to unlock your device without losing data. First, we will explain the safest and easiest methods you can use. Then we will follow to more complex guide which might need some advance knowledge.
Some methods also require using third-party software which could compromise the stability of your device’s system and erase data as if you performed the factory reset. So, we don’t recommend using third-party software unless you know what you are about to.
This guide is for educational purposes only. You shall not use this on other people phones without permission. We are not responsible for any legal trouble you might get into.
8 ways to Hack or Bypass Android Lockscreen Security
1. Google’s “Find My Device” Website
This is the safest way to unlock an android with a forgotten password. However, your device should have been enabled “Find My Device” which most users kept enabled. it can still be in the back of your mind when panic kicks in. That’s why we highlighted how to unlock your device using Google’s built-in security service.
Find My Device is built-in on most of the Android devices and users’ best bet to get back to their phone’s functionality. It’s just essential to be logged into your Google account, and online, which you probably are. This feature is accessible through any other smartphone, tablet, or a computer. Follow the steps below to reset the password on your device.
Go to Google Find My Device
Click the “Lock” button (ironic, right?) when the website locates your device. Sometimes, the application will face difficulties locating your device for various reasons. However, if it takes too long, make sure to refresh the page. If your phone is compatible, it should take no more than five attempts to locate and lock it.
Once the phone is located and “Lock” button active, the software will prompt you to select and enter a new password, which will replace the pattern, PIN, or password.
Repeat the password so Google can confirm you typed the desired password completely.
Click the “Lock” button again.
The process takes a little longer. Still, you should be able to log back to your device within five minutes.
It’s worth noting that we noticed this method doesn’t work with Android 8.0 Oreo and above. However, as long as you run any version up to Android Oreo, including Android 7.0 Nougat, you should be able to reset easily and bypass the lock screen pattern.
2. Samsung Find My Mobile Service (Only for Samsung users)
Samsung users can also bypass password protection using Find My Mobile service provided by Samsung to help users unlock their screen. However, this feature works only if you’re logged into your Samsung account. Here’s how to bypass the lock screen protection using Find My Mobile.
- Navigate to Find My Mobile website using your PC’s browser and log in to your Samsung account.
- Click “Lock My Screen” option, which is located on the left side.
- Enter the new PIN and then tap the “Lock” button again. Wait a bit until the new PIN gets created and try to unlock your phone again.
3. Using ADB to Delete Password File
This method requires a little more coding and “hacking” skills to perform, but it can be fun and teach you how to do something new. Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is intuitive command-line Android developer use for coding and system management of Android apps in Android Studio. However, to be eligible for this method, you need to have the USB debugging option activated in the phone before it got permanently locked. You’ll need to install Android Studio to perform this method.
- Once Android Studio is installed, connect your device using USB cable, and then navigate to the command prompt in the ADB installation folder.
- Enter the command “adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key” and hit “Enter.”
- There, your device will now be unlocked and ready for use.
4. Use “pattern password disable zip file” for Hacking And Bypassing Android Password/Pattern/Face/PI
The “pattern password disable zip file” was developed by XDA member piraterex. It works better if your device is rooted. Follow the instruction below:
- Download Pattern Password Disable zip on to your sdcard (using your PC, as you can’t get into your phone, right )
- Insert the sd card into your phone
- Reboot into recovery mode
- Flash the zip
5. Use Aroma File manager.zip to remove Gesture Pattern Or Password
- Download and Copy Aroma File manager.zip to your memory card.
- Open your recovery menu (press volume Down + Power button or google “how to enter recovery for your device”)
- There’ll b an option in recovery called “mount”. Tap on option and then mount all the cache and everything it is there.
- Then select “update” and select “apply update from SD/external” and select aroma file manger.zip file that you downloaded using above QR code above.
- After Flashing or updating, the aroma file manager will open. Use volume keys for up/down and power button 2 select like you use to get into recovery.
- In aroma File manager, Go to menu, which is located in the bottom strip and then select Settings.
- Go to bottom n select “mount all partition in startup ” then exit from aroma file manager.
- Now after exit, re-update that aroma file again and it will open again.
- Go to data >> and then System.
Then find ‘gesture.key’ (for pattern lock) and ’password.key’ (for password lock) then long touch on gesture.key or password.key and sum option will be prompted, choose to delete and delete that file and restart.
Note: If You See The Gesture Pattern Grid Or Password After Restarting, Don’t Worry. Just Try Any Random Pattern Or Password And it Should Unlock.
6. Bypass Lock Screen Using Emergency Call
If you have an older device running Android 5.0 and below, you can use Emergency Call to bypass the lock screen system. Locked devices still boast Emergency Call dialer which you can use to unlock the device. Keep in mind that this process can take a lot of time and be quite exhausting, but in the end, it’s worth using for unlocking your device.
It is a security loophole of older Android systems, and Google has addressed it by restricting it in the newer Android versions. Nevertheless, it still works with the older version of android.
- Press Emergency Call Dialer to dial an emergency number.
- Type a string of characters, up to 10 characters (mostly asterisks). Select the characters by double-tapping the string and select Copy.
- Tap in the dialer again and paste the characters you copied, so the characters double.
- Continue repeating steps 2 and three until the characters can no longer be a highlighter. It should take no more than 11 repeated attempts.
- Go back to the lock screen and swipe to activate the Camera and, simultaneously swipe from the top-down to show notification tab.
- Press Settings which will show password, PIN, or pattern prompt.
- In the password field long-tap and paste the characters you copied and pasted in step 2. Keep pasting the characters as long as the system allows you. Also, make sure that the typing cursor is located at the end of the last typed string before you paste again.
- Repeat Step 7 until the system crashes, and the buttons at the bottom of the screen disappear. The screen will be extended with the camera screen. Once the camera crashes too, you’ll be greeted by your screen.
7. Use Safe Mode to Bypass the Third-Party Lock Screen
Some people don’t like the built-in lock system. Instead, they download the third-party apps that lock the phone instead. Parents and people who spend too much time on their phone restrict their screen time using various lock patterns. If you’re one of these people, you can boot your device into safe mode and disable the lock pattern or PIN from there.
- Press and hold the power button and when prompted whether you want to power off, restart, or some other option, long-press the “Power off” option.
- The device will now ask you whether you want to boot into Safe Mode, to which you press “O.” When the device boots into Safe Mode, the third-party lock app will be disabled, and you’ll be able to access your device.
- Keep in mind some devices can access into Safe Mode by performing similar settings like to “Download Mode” as explained in the previous methods.
8. Forgotten Pattern
With devices running Android 4.4 or lower, you can use the feature called Forgotten Pattern to access your device. This feature was quite useful when Pattern unlocking was extremely popular. Here’s how to bypass the lock screen using the forgotten pattern.
- Attempt to access your device using random password patterns until your device prompts you to choose the “Forgot Pattern” option. Once it appears press on it and selects “Unlock with Google Account Details.”
- Enter your Google account credentials and reset your device lock screen password.
- Once the process is complete, Google will email you with a unique code you’ll use to create a new pattern lock or remove it.
In case your device is not able to use the guide above you should head over to original xda thread as there are few other methods described for all android devices (such as not rooted, no recovery or on any other situation).
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