The main reason to set up some sort of lock screen security on your smartphone is to keep strangers (or friends) from checking out your messages or private pictures. Beyond that, you don’t want anyone who dares to steal your phone to get full access to your mails, pictures or other sensitive data. But what if you’re the one who cannot access your phone? You could forget your PIN or pattern, right? Or someone pranks you by setting up a lock screen pattern and just leaves you struggling with it.
In any case, there’s quite an easy solution to this without smashing your phone against a wall (or your friend’s face). The only thing you need is to have Android Device Manager enabled on your device (before you locked yourself out of your phone). If you have a Samsung phone, you can also unlock your phone using your Samsung account.
I tested the following methods using a lock screen pattern, PIN and password and was able to unlock my LG G2 with Android 4.4.2 successfully.
As already mentioned, the following method only applies to devices that have Android Device Manager enabled.
If you haven’t updated your firmware to Android Lollipop (5.0), then there’s a faster way to unlock a lock screen pattern.
This is an easy way to unlock your Samsung device if you created a Samsung account and registered it beforehand.
- Go to Samsung Find My Mobile.
- Sign in using your Samsung login details.
- In the Find My Mobile account interface you should see your registered phone on the left hand side. This tells you that you’re phone is registered to that account.
- On the left sidebar, select ‘Unlock my screen’.
- Now select ‘Unlock’ and wait for a few seconds for the process to finish.
- You should get a notification window telling you that your screen is unlocked.
- That’s it. Your phone should be unlocked.
Disable your lock screen using custom recovery and “Pattern Password Disable” (SD card needed)
Here’s what you need to do:
- Download the Pattern Password Disable ZIP file on your computer and put it on an SD card.
- Insert the SD card into your phone.
- Reboot your phone into recovery.
- Flash the ZIP file on your SD card.
- Your phone should boot up without a locked screen. Should there be a password or gesture lock screen, don’t panic. Just type in a random password or gesture and your phone should unlock.
It’s possible that none of the options above got you passed the lock screen. Luckily, some of our readers struggling with that issue were able to find even more creative ways to bypass their lock screen and were so kind to share them. We’re extremely thankful for that!
Submitted by starr:
Submitted by Zubairuddin Buriro (probably only applicable to LG phones):
- Press and hold the volume up key, until the Quick Memo app launches.
- Draw something random into it.
- Tap the sharing button and select SmartShare.
- Selecting SmartShare should activate your phone’s Bluetooth and Wifi (important here is Wifi).
- Make sure you’re close to a Wifi network that you’re phone connects to automatically.
- Now, you’re back online and you can go ahead and try all the methods discussed above that require a data connection.
If all the methods above didn’t work out, you need to move on to more drastic measures. In case Android Device Manager is enabled on your phone and unlocking it didn’t work, you can use it to erase all data by selecting the Erase button. Be aware that this will delete all apps, settings and other data on your phone. The good thing is, once the erasing process is done, you can use your phone again (after setting everything up).
Reset your phone to factory settings
How to perform a factory reset on your Nexus using recovery mode:
No matter what version of Android you’re running, you need to have an internet connection and if you just changed your Google account password, you need to wait at least 72 hours before starting the reset process.
You can also check out Google’s official page and follow the instructions there.