Are you looking for ways to bypass the Android lock screen? It means you have possibly forgotten the pin/password or pattern that you have used to lock your phone.
Don’t worry, as there are ways to unlock your Android phone even without taking the help of any third-party software.
In this guide, we share with you 6 tested methods on how to bypass Android lock screen successfully. Keep in mind that the solutions mentioned below work for almost every Android phone (Samsung, Motorola, Oppo, Vivo, HTC, Huawei, Redmi, Google Phones, etc.)
Solution 1: Bypass The Lock Screen by Booting Up in Safe Mode
To bypass the Android lock screen without resetting your phone, you have just to boot up your phone in safe mode. The safe mode aids in resolving widgets as well as application problems while keeping all the important data intact on the phone. However, some caches and temporary files may be removed for the device’s optimization.
To bypass the Android lock screen, follow the steps below:
- Press and hold the power button of your Android phone.
- Tap on power off.
- Select the Reboot to Safe Mode and tap Ok.
You have to check now whether you get past the lock screen sequence while your phone restarts.
Solution 2: Utilize the Forgot Pattern Feature or Answer Security Questions
Devices that run on Android 4.4 and earlier usually come with the default ‘forgot the pattern’ reset option, and for this primary reset, the user’s Google account is used.
However, this option is only applicable when you have previously saved your Google account on the device. Besides forgot pattern option you also get to answer a security question if you have set any prior to getting locked out.
Steps are given below for forgot pattern feature:
- Keep entering different combinations of passwords until the forgot pattern appears.
- Tap on Enter Google Account Details.
- After selecting Next, type in your Google account details, i.e., username and password.
- Now, you’ll get an email with a reset password option
- Enter a new combination of passwords.
- Re-enter the new password, and you will be good to go.
Solution 3: Delete the Password File Using ADB
If you are someone who knows and loves to play with technology, you can just delete the password file using ADB or Android Debug Bridge. This versatile command will enable you to venture into the phone’s system and make certain changes. The ADB comes included in the Android SDK tools package, or you can download it separately. However, to make use of this feature, the USB debugging should be activated before the lockout.
If it has been done previously, you may then follow the steps given below:
- Connect your Android phone with your computer via USB.
- Launch the ADB command line on your computer.
- Type in: adb shell rm/data/system/gesture.key.
- After that press Enter.
- Once this is done, you have to restart your device.
This method will allow you to set a new lock screen password. This means that once your device has restarted, you can set your new password.
Solution 4: Crash the Lock Screen
Android devices that run on 5.0-5.1.1 or above have the feature of crashing the user interface. You can do it by using the emergency call feature— this tricky but handy method allows you to bypass the pin on your lock screen. Here’s what you need to do:
- You have to first enter 10 asterisks (*) signs on the emergency dialing pad.
- Double tap on the asterisks to Copy them.
- Now paste the asterisks in the field and repeat this process until the text selection disappears.
- Return to your lock screen and swipe open the camera shortcut.
- After that swipe down the notification bar and navigate to Settings.
- You will now be asked to enter the password.
- Copy and paste the character on the password field by tapping for a long time. Ensure that the cursor is always placed at the end.
- Continue the step as many times as you can.
- In a few minutes, the lock screen would simply crash, and now you will have your opportunity to reset the lock screen immediately.
Solution 5: Use Android Device Manager to Bypass the Android Lock Screen
If you have your Google account linked to your phone, you can get away from these situations easily. The Android Device Manager uses the last location of your device and is particularly used for locating misplaced or stolen devices. However, you can also use this feature to reset your phone password. To do so, you have to follow the steps below:
- You have to open the Android Device Manager.
- Now, sign with your Google account.
- Wait until the system detects your device.
- Now click on Secure Device.
- You will be taken to ‘lock the phone’ and ‘set a new password.
- Following the prompt, you can set a new password for the lock screen on your phone.
Although, this method is only applicable in cases where the location settings on your Android device are turned on and that it is previously synced Google account. Hence, linking your Google Account is the first and most important step while you have an Android device.
Solution 6: Resetting Android to Factory Settings
If all the previous methods have failed to work for you, the only option left for you now is to factory reset your Android device. This could be a difficult situation for you as it erases all your data from the device, but you are left with no choice.
Follow the steps given below to pack reset your Android device:
- Long press the ‘volume up’ and ‘power button’ together on your Android device until the systems recovery appears on the screen.
- Find the wipe data/ factory reset using the volume key.
- Press the power button as ‘Enter’.
That is it, and now you have to wait until your device restarts. Once your device is turned back on, you can set it up again.
You now know how to bypass Android lock screen in case you don’t remember the PIN, password, or pattern to unlock your phone. It is recommended to go through the methods mentioned in this article first and check which process can help you unlock your phone. In case none of the solutions works, you can’t do anything but reset your phone.