You can increase the security of your android phone and its data by having a pin, password or pattern lock on your android phone. This is helpful if you lose your phone or you don’t want others to access your phone. Screen lock pin or passwords are same as computer passwords.
If you don’t remember the pin, password or pattern lock you set, It becomes a hassle to unlock your android phone or tablet.
How to unlock android phone if you forgot pin/password/pattern
1. Enter the wrong pin, password or pattern about 5 times or more. It displays “forgot pattern?” or “forgot pin?” option in the right corner of the phone screen as seen in the below image. You might not see this option after trying multiple times also. Read the rest of the article to know what to do if you don’t see “forgot pin?” option.
2. Tap on “forgot pattern?”. You will see option to enter Google username and password you use on the android device. You need to be connected to WiFi or Mobile Network to authenticate Google account.
You can also enter backup pin if you have set it to unlock phone. If you forgot your google account username & password, go to Google Account Recovery on your computer and follow instructions to reset your password. After resetting the password, enter it on your phone or tablet. If you can’t reset your google account password for any reason, read below to reset your phone.
3. If you don’t see “forgot pin?” or “forgot password?” option like in the below image, You have couple of options to unlock your android phone.
Method 1 to unlock phone if you don’t see forgot pin option.
a. If you know your Google account username & password, Go to Google Play Store on your computer & download Screen Lock Bypass and install it on to your phone. You can install apps on to your android phone remotely using your computer browser.
b. Download any other application like solitaire from Google Play Store and It will bypass the screen lock. Remember to install any other application thats not installed on your phone.
c. Above method should unlock your phone, if not, try to restart your phone using power button. It should unlock your phone. You can backup your phone data if you need to.
This method does not reset your pin, password or pattern. It only enables you to bypass screen lock. Whenever you want unlock your phone, you need to restart your phone.
If you want to bypass screen lock permanently and reset your phone pin or password or pattern, you need to buy Screen Lock Bypass Pro and install it. It costs $4.2 now.
Method 2 to unlock phone if you don’t see forgot pin option & can’t access Google account.
a Call your phone carrier service, they should be able to help to unlock your android phone. They might ask you for IMEI number of your phone. You can find it on the battery of your phone. Turn off your phone and remove battery to find the IMEI number.
b. If your phone carrier is not helpful with unlocking your phone, you need to hard reset your android phone. Follow that article to hard reset your phone. You will lose all the data on your phone including media like music, photos, videos, contacts etc. Your phone will be restored to factory state (original state) same as when you bought it. So be careful with factory reset using hard reset method.
You can use above methods to unlock any android phone including Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Droid, HTC One X etc