How to unlock an Android phone if you forget the password or PIN

It has happened to all of us at some point: we forget the security codes to access our own mobile phone. It’s absurd, yes: but that doesn’t stop it from being stressful. If it happens to you regularly, here we explain how to unlock android in case you don’t remember your PIN or password.

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Use SmartLock

One way to recover your Android device is to take advantage of Smart Lock. The only caveat here is that you must have already established the requirements to unlock your device previously.

For example, if you allowed the device to unlock in a certain location, take it there and then reset the PIN, pattern or password. If you have a specific computer that unlocks your device, move your phone near that computer, then reset the PIN, pattern, or password.

Use Find My Device (Android 5.0 Lollipop+)

If your phone is running Android 5.0 Lollipop or any later version of Android, then your best bet is to use Google’s Find My Device.

You’ll need to know your Google account email address and password, and your device must be turned on and connected to the internet for it to work.

For years, Google has allowed you to change your pin using this tool, but that’s no longer the case. Your only option is to restore the device using a backup saved to Google Drive (if enabled). This method allows you to create a new PIN or pattern, but should only be used if you have no other options.

Here’s how to remotely wipe your Android device:

  1. Go to the Find My Device website on your computer, laptop, or other device, and sign in with your Google account. This is probably the default for your current phone, but if you have multiple devices registered you can select the correct one by clicking on its icon and name in the top left corner of the page.
  2. Click on the option Delete Device on the left.
  3. Click on the green button Delete Device to confirm. You may have to enter your Google Account details again. Once the device is wiped, you can enter a new PIN or pattern (make sure you remember it this time).

Use Find My Mobile (Samsung only)

If you have a Samsung phone as well as a Samsung account and have enabled Find My Mobile during the setup process, then you can also use this feature to unlock your phone remotely.

You will need to know the email address and password associated with your Samsung account, and your device must be switched on and connected to the internet. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Go to the Find My Mobile website on your computer, laptop, or other device, and sign in with your Samsung account. Your current device and phone number should be displayed in the top left corner of the page. Browse the options on the right side and click on Unlock my device.
  2. In the control panel click on To unlock.
  3. A window will appear on the screen. Click on the blue button To unlock.
  4. You will see a separate window. Enter your Samsung account credentials and click the blue button Following. This window will close once your phone has been successfully unlocked.

Unlock Android 4.4 KitKat or earlier devices

The unlocking process is much easier when you forget your password, pattern or PIN on an older Android device. After entering the wrong PIN five times, a message will appear in the login window. Do the following:

  1. press forgotten pattern, I forgot the PIN or I forgot the password.
  2. Enter your Google account details to change the PIN, password or pattern.
  3. This will give you instant access to your device.

Don’t remember your Google account?

If you’re having trouble remembering your Google account details, visit the Google Account Recovery website on your computer or laptop and follow the instructions.

Use Factory Data Reset

Your last resort is to perform a factory data reset via the recovery mode menu, but this will wipe everything on the phone. Also, remember that your device may have Factory Reset Protection (FRP), which is automatically enabled on all Android 5.1 and later devices to prevent thieves. If FRP is enabled, you will be prompted for your Google account details even after performing a reset.

Once reset, you will need to set up your phone as if it were new. And this time make sure you write down your new password in a safe place.

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