What to Do When You Forget Your Lock Pattern




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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62 Discussions


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.

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I forgot my pattern and as I saw on Google they ask for power off first ..but to power off also it is asking for password ..what should I so

how could be the screenm like as i show

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

1 year ago

in my phone 'forgot pattern' button is not there

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

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


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

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