Introduction: What to Do When You Forget Your Lock Pattern

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It's frustrating when you want to open your phone and you forgot your lock screen pattern. Getting your phone working again is pretty simple. I know two(2) ways to unlock it if you completely forgot how to unlock it. You can either use your Google account or hard reset your device. I will show you both.

This might not work for all phones as different phones have different designs especially later models (In this tutorial, my phone is running Gingerbread).

Additionally, you can go back to where you bought your device or to a professional but that will cost money; the ones I'm showing you are free.

Step 1: Use Your Google Account

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If you don't have data connection or internet access or if you don't have your Google account linked to your phone, then, you can skip this step.

- At the bottom right part of the screen, you'll see "Forgot Pattern" button.

- Tap it and it will ask you to enter your email and password.

- Type in the required information and tap "sign in" and you'll be redirected to Google play.

- There you'll see instructions. Just follow them and you'll be fine.

Step 2: Boot to Android System Recovery

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If you don't have google account or data connection, this may be the only way to make your phone usable again but beware: It will DELETE ALL INFORMATION you have on your phone;eg. email accounts(if there are any), cache, installed apps(not built in), settings, and files in the internal storage but it will usually keep the files stored in your external storage. Hard reset will set your device to factory settings. (Just like when you bought it.)

- You can start by powering off your device in any way you can.
- Removing the sd is optional.(It makes sure that the process won't delete the files there.)
- Then, turn the device on by holding down the Power Button and Volume Down rocker simultaneously. In some phones, there may be other combinations like Power + Home / Power + Volume Up / Power + Volume Up and Down / etc.... you can try other combinations on yourself and see which ones work.

- If you're successful, an option will appear. Select "System Recovery" by pressing volume up. On some phones, it goes directly to the Android System Recovery Screen .

- You'll see the Android System Recovery screen (If you don't see it, try again with other key combinations)

Step 3: Hard Reset and Done

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After you press the buttons in the previous step, an option will appear. Select "System Recovery" by pressing volume up.

Android System Recovery will be shown

- Using the volume rocker, select "wipe/factory data reset"(in my case, the 3rd option shown)

- Select it by tapping on the left soft key (the key used for menu/options or menu in some phones)

- Confirm it by selecting yes

- Wait for it to finish

- After that, press home button to go back and select "reboot device" (1st option shown).

- This might take longer than usual because your device is configuring.

- After that, you'll see your home screen and you're done. Just like when you bought it.

Comments

RhiannonG2 (author)2017-03-25

I am unable to get into my phone as I have forgotten the pattern. My phone is a Noain K1. Someone please help???

Dan 7 (author)2017-02-13

in my phone 'forgot pattern' button is not there

FrancescaS2 (author)2016-01-08

Tutorial above is not working for me! www.cphoneunlocker.Com got my phone unlocked very fast and for free.

RanaW1 (author)2015-11-12

help me i forgot my pattern lock

AbhishekS50 (author)RanaW12015-11-13

Check here:

http://filecorners.blogspot.com/2015/09/reset-pattern-lock-of-android-phone.html

RuchiM5 (author)2015-11-07

Hi please note my phone is FIRE amazon , n i have forgot my PIN NO , can you please help me by unlocking it

Sagittarius18 (author)2015-10-27

How many days will it take to open my cellphone if i restart it? Please,anyone help me!

MugdhaA1 (author)2015-09-20

i tried ol the things but it is still locked what should i do?????????

MugdhaA1 (author)2015-09-20

rraj23 made it! (author)2015-08-24

quit easy

liquidhandwash (author)2015-08-10

How did you change the date on your ible?

HopeF (author)2015-01-14

ITS IN CHINESE !!! T.T

Gowtham_techzig (author)2015-01-13

please provid valid illustration ... volume down cant be used for reboot in all handsets ...

is there any method to reboot ?? or suggest any software ...

riyaz.ahamed.7315720 made it! (author)2014-10-26

But in my when I am on my set while pressing the volume down button its normally opened.

so what can I so next.

hi riyaz.. Don't worry you another option to reset go to-> settings->backup&reset -> hit factory data reset and ok..

dude ... when the screen has been locked ... how he can access setting ... ?? lolz

ShinH (author)2015-01-12

iTS REALLY HELPFUL!!! tHANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! ITS WORKING! I CAN UNLOCK MY PHONE NOW!

AnnieJ1 (author)2015-01-09

Ive tryed this, and it keep sayigpng "Downloading" and its been likr this for hours! Can you please help me

NettoT (author)2015-01-06

Too many pattern attempts? forgot google account password? Can't access your GT-S5300 phone? can anyone help me how to unlock without getting lost your contact number.

raviteja6268 (author)2015-01-05

What if your data isn't enabled? Then you just need to hard reset your phone as mentioned above? No, you still have an option to reset the pattern without loosing data. I've given a way(in fact two methods) to reset the passcode without loosing any data. And also, for future safety, always enable debugging settings on your phone before you encounter such issues. Link->http://bit.ly/1D8RPqf
Also, what if you delete your files accidentally? There's an app to store all the dump files and through that you can recover any file you want. Check the link above for this too :) Hope this helps you guys.

BobD4 (author)2015-01-02

I had to disable two-factor authentication on my Gmail account to get the first method to work.

deepthi.shiv.7 (author)2014-12-30

please tel me how to unlock my ph celkon a35k ,i also forgotten my google account pass help me plzz

norbertfrikat (author)2014-12-19

can you help me with vivo y613 i forgot my pattern because of changing patterns

coolrocks1 (author)2014-08-19

help me i forgot my pattern lock

MatthewB7 (author)coolrocks12014-12-18

you have two ways, one is signing in with gmail account as shown in this article and second is hard reset.. you can check out this too

MatthewB7 (author)coolrocks12014-12-18

you have two ways, one is signing in with gmail account as shown in this article and second is hard reset.. you can check out this too

armando198937 (author)2014-12-12

I don't know my paterrn from my phone and I don't know my gmail and please don't tell me to reset

AmandaL6 (author)2014-12-02

My daughter locked me out of my phone. She is two and did it so many times that it bypassed the step to log into google. I now have a number pattern appearing. I don't remember setting up a number pattern. So I called Verizon, the rep there told me to log into Android Device Manager and I should be able to unlock it from there. So I did this. Now my phone is locked by Android Device Manager and come to find out I need to have the app Android Device Manager downloaded on my phone and enabled. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. So I have called, Samsung, google, every place I can think of and nobody can get my phone unlocked. I just got this phone and I haven't set up my back up to store my information and we just got back from a trip and I don't want to have to do a HARD restart and lose all my pictures. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME.

deane1 (author)2014-12-02

is there anyone to help me

errashmi.yadav (author)2014-11-28

my phone is lock and nt open with safe mode what i do plz me

313cupcake (author)2014-11-27

thanks

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andrewp6 (author)2014-11-26

failing to unlock screen of samsung SGH-I827. I forgot the pattern pleas HELP.

ajay.mandali.3 (author)2014-11-18

help me i forgot my pattern lock

BipinP (author)2014-11-17

I SWITCH ON AND SUDDELY TURN OF IT IS TURNING ON IF BETTRIES FULL CHARGE WHAT SHILL I DO

vijaym1 (author)2014-11-14

help me i forgot my pattern lock

vijaym1 (author)2014-11-14

help me i forgot my pattern lock

vijaym1 (author)2014-11-14

help me i forgot my pattern lock

baraka_burilo (author)2014-10-28

ain't work

DineshT1 (author)2014-10-27

Thank you! It helped me unlocking my phone.

soumeng (author)2014-10-26

i have google account but in my screen i am not be available to write anything as because my keypad is not showing (my phone is gionee e5)

riyaz.ahamed.7315720 made it! (author)2014-10-26

But in my when I am on my set while pressing the volume down button its normally opened.

so what can I so next.

riyaz.ahamed.7315720 made it! (author)2014-10-26

But in my when I am on my set while pressing the volume down button its normally opened.

so what can I so next.

riyaz.ahamed.7315720 made it! (author)2014-10-26

But in my when I am on my set while pressing the volume down button its normally opened.

so what can I so next.

riyaz.ahamed.7315720 made it! (author)2014-10-26

But in my when I am on my set while pressing the volume down button its normally opened.

so what can I so next.

riyaz.ahamed.7315720 made it! (author)2014-10-26

But in my when I am on my set while pressing the volume down button its normally opened.

so what can I so next.

debi magar palpali (author)2014-10-24

I like this system

RamanP (author)2014-10-24

Hi, Many thanks for your kind help. It did work. Thanks again :-)

larry.pierce.50115 (author)2014-10-15

Bow do I unlock samsung screenlock.

manass1 (author)2014-10-06

i have my google account but my tab is not accepting it and i dont have any volume button in my tab . pleezz help me !!!

shabi.lajqi (author)2014-09-30

i forgot my screen lock and i hav samsung galaxy ace plz help me :l

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