Forgetting your Android phone’s password, PIN or pattern is not a very common thing, yet it is something which might linger with you if you have switched to a new phone until you get used to it in a week’s time or so. There are certain ways you could resurrect your phone.
There are 2 ways you can get your locked android phone back; with partial data loss and the other, without losing any data.
Why would you choose the former when the latter one gives you all your data back? Well, the partial data loss way is the fastest and the easiest way of getting your phone back. Here is the technique of the partial data loss phone recovery.
Turn off the locked phone and then boot in the phone by pressing a combination of buttons that would take you to the recovery menu. Every mobile has a different combination, to know yours, you can Google it. You would get a black screen with a couple of options. Select the option that says clear data, factory reset or a similar option. This might take some time as the phone would reset. Although the data would be lost, you could get your data back, if your phone is synced with your Gmail.
Coming to no data loss, here are a few techniques which could resurrect your phone without losing any data.
Google Recovery Option
This technique is for older Android OS like KitKat (4.4) and below where you get ‘forgot pattern’ option on trying to unlock 5 times with a wrong pattern. Tap on the option and the phone would ask for your Gmail username and password. In a few moments, your phone would be back to life. Your phone data should be on for the whole time.
With later versions of Android OS like 5.0 and beyond, Google did away with the simpler recovery options. All you need is another internet-connected Android phone or a laptop or a desktop. Now you need to browse for Android Device Manager and once you are there, enter the Google username and password that your locked phone was configured with. The page would show you a Map and beneath would be 3 options, namely- Ring, Lock and Erase. Tap on the ‘lock’ option, the ADM would ask you for a few information to fill out like- new password, recovery message, optional phone number etc. This should unlock your device if the permissions were set correctly. If that doesn’t work simply tap ‘erase’ and your phone would be remotely wiped (although the data would be lost).
Custom Recovery Option
It is a long process, although an effective one. Start with rebooting your android phone. Just like the factory reset technique, go to custom recovery option by holding long a combination of buttons. Every phone has a different layout of the custom recovery option, the most widely used being TDRP. Tap the ‘mount’ option and check all the boxes of the resulting list. Tap back and stay put. For this process, we need a file manager which has to be downloaded and moved to the device manager through a USB cable or an SD card from a laptop or a desktop. Coming back to the custom recovery options page, tap the ‘install’ button and search and open the file manager file which is a zip file. Once the file is open it would take some time to load, tap the ‘data’ folder and inside it navigate to ‘system’ folder. Now you need to search and delete (tap long and you would delete option) for files starting with prefixes like- ‘gatekeeper’ and ‘lock settings/lockscreen’. For devices running on previous Android OS versions the names of files would be gesture.key or password.key. Now exit the file manager and go back to custom recovery option and tap ‘reboot’. There is your phone all-unlocked and intact with data.
We hope the aforementioned techniques would be helpful to you.
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