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Last edited by heland.ortega on 2015/10/27 07:34

3 Ways to Bypass
Android's Secured Lock Screen

If you somehow forgot the pattern, PIN, or password that locks your Android device, you might think you're out of luck and are destined to be locked out forever. These security methods are hard to crack by design, but in many cases, it's not entirely impossible to break into a locked device.

There are several different ways to hack a locked Android smartphone or tablet. So below, I'll go over 3 of the most effective methods, and hopefully one will help you get back into your device.



Method 1: Use Android Device Manager

For newer Android phones and tablets, a service called Android Device Manager is probably your best bet. As long as you're logged into your Google account, you can use any device or computer to access the service.

As counterintuitive as it may sound, start by clicking the "Lock" button once Android Device Manager gets a fix on your device. If the service is having trouble finding your device, click your browser's refresh button a few times, and it should make the connection within 5 attempts if your phone is compatible.

After clicking the "Lock" button, you'll be prompted to enter a new password, which will replace the pattern, PIN, or password that you forgot. Type the new password twice to confirm your choice, then click the "Lock" button.

From here, it can take up to 5 minutes for the password to change over, but when it does, you should be able to enter the new password to unlock your device.


Method 2: Perform a Factory Reset

If you're more concerned with getting into your phone than you are with preserving any data stored on it, a factory reset should work in almost any scenario.

The process will vary depending on your device type, but for most phones, start by powering the device completely off. When the screen goes black, press and hold the volume down and power buttons simultaneously, which will bring up Android's bootloader menu or even Recovery Mode.

From here, use the volume buttons to highlight the "Wipe data/factory reset" option, then press the power button to select it. When the process is finished, select the "Reboot system now" option and you should no longer be locked out of your phone.



Method 3: Use ADB to Delete the Password File

This next option will only work if you've previously enabled USB debugging on your phone, and even then, it will only work if you've allowed the computer you're using to connect via ADB. But if you meet those requirements, it's a perfect way to unlock your device.

Start by connecting your phone to your computer with a USB data cable, then open a command prompt window in your ADB installation directory. From here, type the following command, then hit Enter.

adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key

Next, reboot your phone and the secure lock screen should be gone, allowing you to access your phone. But this is only temporary, so make sure to set a new pattern, PIN, or password before you reboot again.

Source: goo.gl/L7iS4q



Which method worked for you? Do you know of any other hacks that will bypass Android's lock screen? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Great find Heland! The first method works for me with devices registered under your google account but if isn't, there's still 2 methods to try. Thanks for this!
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heland.ortega PHL Beta Tester | All posts
Zenchan posted on 2015/10/27 21:33
Great find Heland! The first method works for me with devices registered under your google account b ...

You're welcome! I also tried the first method and it works fine as expected
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I haven't used pattern for my security, since its obvious when unlocked tour phone publicly. But my cousin gave me his phone, he said he can't remember the pattern of his phone. What I did was number 2 restore factory.. thanks for sharing sir..
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zuzaki posted on 2015/10/30 18:17
I haven't used pattern for my security, since its obvious when unlocked tour phone publicly. But my  ...

You're welcome!                              
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Hi sir, is it possible for option 2 to proceed successfully if FRP is enabled? 
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