It can be upsetting to lose control of your Android device due to a misplaced screen lock. There are numerous ways to recover access, regardless of the type of lock pattern, PIN, or password. The best three ways to reset your Android handset and resume using it are covered in this blog.
Method 1: Find My Device (Android Device Manager)
Find My Device Information
You may remotely find, lock, or erase your Android device using Google’s Find My Device service. You must have activated Find My Device on your Android phone before being locked out in order to use this approach.
Step 1: Access the Find My Device Website
- Visit the Website: Open a web browser on your computer or another device and go to the Find My Device website.
- Log In: Sign in with the same Google account that’s linked to your locked Android device.
Step 2: Locate Your Device
- Device Location: Once logged in, the Find My Device interface will display a map showing the approximate location of your locked Android device. This feature can be incredibly helpful if you’ve misplaced your phone.
Step 3: Secure Your Device
- Lock Your Device: If you’re certain your phone is lost or stolen, you can lock it to protect your data. Click on the “Secure Device” option.
- Set a New Lock Screen Password or PIN: You’ll be prompted to enter a new password or PIN for your device. This is the code you’ll use to unlock your phone once you regain access.
- Add a Recovery Message and Phone Number: You can add a message with your contact information to the lock screen, which can help someone return your lost phone if found.
Step 4: Unlock Your Device
- Unlock with the New Password or PIN: After successfully setting the new lock screen password or PIN, wait for a moment. Then, attempt to unlock your Android device using this new code.
Step 5: Erase Data (if necessary)
- Erase Device: If you have reason to believe your device won’t be recovered or if your data security is a primary concern, you can remotely erase all data on your phone using the “Erase Device” option. This should be a last resort, as it permanently deletes all your data.
Method 2: Factory Reset via Recovery Mode
A factory reset through recovery mode can help, however it will erase all of the data on your device, if the Google Account Recovery technique doesn’t work for your device or you’re running a newer version of Android. This is how you do it:
- Power Off: Turn off your Android device.
- Boot into Recovery Mode: Boot into recovery mode by holding down specific buttons (usually Power + Volume Up/Down) depending on your device model. Check your device’s manual or manufacturer’s website for the specific button combination.
- Wipe Data/Factory Reset: In recovery mode, use the volume buttons to navigate and select “Wipe data/factory reset.”
- Confirm Reset: Confirm the action, and the device will begin the reset process.
- Reboot: Once the reset is complete, select “Reboot system now” to restart your device.
Method 3: Flash Stock Firmware
If the above two methods are unable to fix your problem, then this is probably the last method anyone can use to get back into their Android device. The steps to flash stock firmware to any Android are listed below:
- Enable USB Debugging:
- On your Android device, navigate to “Settings.”
- Scroll down and select “About Phone” or “About Device.”
- Find the “Build Number” and tap it multiple times (usually seven) until you see a message indicating that Developer Options are enabled.
- Return to the main settings screen, and now you should see “Developer Options.” Open it.
- Enable “USB Debugging.”
- Boot into Download or Fastboot Mode:
- Depending on your device, you may need to enter download mode, fastboot mode, or a similar mode that allows firmware flashing.
- The button combination to access this mode varies by device. Common combinations include Volume Down + Power for some devices, while others may require different key combinations. Consult your device’s documentation or online resources for the specific combination.
- Connect Your Device to Your Computer:
- Use a USB cable to connect your Android device to your computer.
- Open the Flashing Tool:
- Launch the flashing tool you downloaded and installed earlier on your computer.
- Load the Firmware:
- In the flashing tool, look for an option to load or select the firmware file you downloaded.
- Initiate the Flashing Process:
- Follow the on-screen prompts within the flashing tool to commence the flashing process.
- This may involve clicking “Start,” “Flash,” or a similar button.
- Wait for Completion:
- The flashing process may take some time. Do not disconnect your device during this process.
- Reboot Your Device:
- After the flashing process is complete, your device should typically reboot automatically.
- Complete the Setup:
- Post-reboot, complete the initial setup process, including restoring your data from the backup you created earlier.