What to Do When You Forget Your Lock Pattern

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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

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

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

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.

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91 Comments

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oprahjanyumbah
oprahjanyumbah

Question 9 days ago on Step 1

what if your phone doesn't have the forgot pattern at the bottom?

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Ashe38j
Ashe38j

5 months ago on Introduction

What do I do if some characters don't work on my phone and I need them to sign into my account

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Passang
Passang

1 year ago on Step 1

This was so helpful to me and it will also helpful to others.
Thank you so much.
My sister forgot her pattern and I did as you instructed and it worked.
Thank you so much for providing this😊

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Shaima s
Shaima s

Question 1 year ago

After pressing the volume up and power it brings Chinese language how do we go about that

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harleydog52.gw
harleydog52.gw

Question 2 years ago

My friend forgot her lock screen pattern . How does she get into her Android phone?

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benardbarasa275
benardbarasa275

Answer 1 year ago

Forgotten my phone lock pattern

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benardbarasa275
benardbarasa275

Reply 1 year ago

That's my email account

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NiteshK2015
NiteshK2015

Answer 2 years ago

Just login to gmail account from any other device (better to be login on PC) which is configured with that locked device.

After login to that account go to devices attached to that account tap on that specific device name and unlock it.

You may asked for some security questions in whole process.

Good luck.

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mokhemisamaria3
mokhemisamaria3

Question 2 years ago

My child forget he patted of he phone what can he do she is use kicka 5

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asbdgher
asbdgher

2 years ago

Hi i forgot my pattern how do i open my phone Huawei

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asbdgher
asbdgher

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

I have forgot my pattern how do i open it Hauwei 2018

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melissahoneycutt780
melissahoneycutt780

Question 2 years ago

I have forgot my unlock pattern on my Samsung phone how do I get into my phone

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Join iPhone
Join iPhone

2 years ago

I have android samsung A01 phone which is linked to my goggle account but the lock pattern is forgotten. How do I unlocked it by removing the forgotten pattern

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dimeji2005
dimeji2005

Question 2 years ago on Step 1

I have android tecno pop 2 phone which is linked to my goggle account but the lock pattern is forgotten. How do I unlocked it by removing the forgotten pattern

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dannyfairchild804
dannyfairchild804

Question 2 years ago

I have a android ZTE 2828 I bought it on line locked out I did wipe clean but it is asking me for the Google account .Can I reboot with my SIM card

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ssembuusialvin93
ssembuusialvin93

Question 3 years ago on Step 2

I flash my phone but now has refused to open coz it asks me my email address while I forget it

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ssembuusialvin93
ssembuusialvin93

Answer 3 years ago

I said I flash my phone but now has refused to be switched it asks me my email address while I forget it