How to Unlock Password on Android
Stop the panic. These steps will help you unlock your device on Android and iOS.
How to unlock your Android phone. 1. Use the Smart Lock function
The Smart Lock function automatically unlocks the screen when a certain condition is met. For example, if the device is in your home or another device is connected to it via Bluetooth.
You can use the function only if you activated it in advance and selected a condition for unlocking. In that case, just do it. For example, if you chose to automatically unlock when a trusted Bluetooth device is connected, turn on the wireless module on both. When the connection is made, the phone can be unlocked without entering a PIN code, password or key.
If Smart Lock has not been configured in advance or you cannot fulfill the specified condition, then this method is not suitable.
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2. Bypass protection with your Google Account
Some devices on Android 4.4 and older versions of the OS allow you to unlock the screen using your Google account. Provided that the device is connected to the Internet.
To check if your smartphone supports this method, enter any password, PIN or pattern key five times. After five incorrect attempts to enter, the message “Forgot your password?” Should appear on the screen. Or similar hint. Click on it and enter the login and password from the Google account with which your device is synchronized.
After successful login, the screen is unlocked. If you forgot your Google account password, try restoring access to it using the company’s special service.
3. Use the service from the smartphone manufacturer
Some brands offer owners of their devices additional unlocking tools. For example, Samsung has a Find My Mobile service, with which you can delete a pattern, PIN, password, and even a fingerprint. To do this, your device must be connected to a Samsung account, support the service and be online.
To find out if there are similar services for your model, look for this information in the instructions or on the official website of the manufacturer.
4. Reset the machine to factory settings.
If other options do not give a result, it remains to restore the factory settings. This will lead to the loss of all data, copies of which were not saved in your Google account and other cloud services. But you can remove the protection from the screen.
Turn off your smartphone and remove the memory card if it was inside. Then try these key combinations in turn until one of them works (you need to hold down the buttons for 10-15 seconds):
- Volume down key; power button;
- Volume up key; power button;
- Volume down key; power button; Home key;
- Volume down key volume up key power button.
When the service menu appears on the display, select Recovery, and then the Wipe data (or Factory reset) command. If none of the key combinations work or you do not see the necessary commands in the menu, look for the reset instructions for your device model.
After that, the smartphone should return to the factory settings within a few minutes. The device may request a username and password from a previously connected Google account, but you will no longer need to unlock the screen. After entering the old account, the system will restore the settings and data synchronized with it.
How to unlock iPhone
If you forgot the password for your Apple smartphone, you have only one way out. Reset to factory settings. This procedure unlocks the screen, but also erases from the iPhone all data not saved on your PC or in iCloud.
To reset, you need a USB cable, a Windows or macOS computer, and iTunes. If it is not installed, download it from the official Apple website. If your computer is running macOS Catalina or a newer version of the OS, use the Finder application instead of iTunes.
To perform a reset, turn off the smartphone and follow the instructions for your model.
- If you have an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or newer: while holding the side button, connect the device to the computer via the USB cable and do not release it until the recovery window appears.
- If you have an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: while holding the volume down button, connect the device to the computer via the USB cable and do not release it until the recovery window appears.
- If you have an iPhone 6s or older: while holding the Home button, connect the device to the computer via the USB cable, and do not release it until the recovery window appears.
When a dialog box appears on your computer’s display, click Restore and follow the prompts from iTunes or Finder. First, the system will return to the factory settings, and then offer to restore the saved data. As a result, the screen will be unlocked.
If the wait time exceeds 15 minutes, the device will exit recovery mode. In this case, reconnect the smartphone to the computer, again holding down the corresponding button until the desired window appears. Then click Restore again.
In earlier versions of the Android operating system, there was a vulnerability that allowed you to reset all security passwords by restoring factory settings. In later builds, the problem has been fixed. At the moment, if you are linked to a Google account, a reset will be made only after verification of identity. In this article, we would like to talk about the available ways to bypass protection, since it is not always possible to carry out recovery through your profile.
Unlock Google Account on Android
We want to note right away that if you cannot reset the settings due to the profile being blocked or deleted, it can be restored. To do this, read the relevant instructions for performing this procedure in our other material.
When the account cannot be restored, proceed with the following methods.
Option 1: Formal Methods
In this article, we will not only touch on official ways to unlock an account, but I would like to start with them. Such methods are universal and suitable for all versions of the Android OS.
Sign in to your merchant account
Sometimes devices are purchased by hand. Most likely, they were already in operation and a Google account was attached to them. In this case, you will have to contact the seller and find out the login details. After that, you are logged into your Google account.
It is worth noting that sometimes the seller changes the profile password specifically for the buyer. Then you need to wait up to 72 hours before logging in, because there is a delay in updating the data.
Login to your personal account
Protection bypass is also performed by logging into your account, which was tied to the device used. If you have problems with access or cannot remember your password, we recommend that you contact our other article for help at the following link.
In addition, it should be borne in mind that you can always contact the service center (if you have a receipt for the purchase of the device), where you will regain access to the account created upon purchase.
Turn off Factory Reset Protection yourself
Before starting to restore the factory configuration, you can disable FRP yourself by doing some actions. This process is by no means on all firmware and will be slightly different from what you have to do, because depending on the manufacturer and shell of Android, the names and locations of menu items sometimes do not match.
- Go to “Settings” and select menu Accounts.
Find your Google Account here and browse to it.
Delete this account using the corresponding button.
Go to the category “For developers”. On different models of devices, this is done in different ways.
Now, when you go into reset mode, you don’t need to confirm your account.
On this, all official methods end. Unfortunately, not all users have the opportunity to use just them, because we want to pay attention to unofficial options. Each of them works correctly on different versions of Android, so if one does not help, try using the following.
Option 2: Alternative Methods
Unofficial methods were not provided by the creators of the operating system, for this reason it is mostly a hole and a flaw. Let’s start with the most effective unlocking methods.
Connect a USB flash drive or SD card
The following instructions are suitable for those users who have the opportunity to connect a USB flash drive through a special adapter, or install a memory card. If immediately after the connection, a pop-up window appears in front of you confirming the opening of the drive, follow these steps:
- Confirm drive opening by clicking on “OK” after the window appears.
Now you do not need to enter a password for recovery, because just now you have successfully erased them all. If this option does not work, move on to the next.
To use this method, your phone must have a working SIM card on which you could make an incoming call. Bypass protection with a SIM card is as follows:
Expand the curtain and reject the current call without closing the dialing line.
After that, you can safely transfer the device to the factory settings state, having deleted all the information, you do not need to confirm your account.
Bypass through a wireless network connection
If you don’t have access to your Google account, you can try to bypass the lock by connecting to a Wi-Fi wireless network. This vulnerability allows you to go to the general settings and from there to reset the configuration. The whole procedure looks like this:
- Go to the list of available wireless networks.
Choose the one that requires a password to connect.
Wait for the keyboard to enter the security key.
After entering the general settings menu, delete the account from the list and then reset it to the factory configuration.
Official reset methods work stably on every version of Android and with all devices, so they are universal and will always be effective. Unofficial methods involve exploiting system vulnerabilities that have been fixed in certain versions of this OS. Therefore, a suitable option to bypass the lock is selected individually by each user.