How to remove the screen lock on Android

How to remove the screen lock on Android

Sometimes you want to secure your personal data with a password on your phone by hiding, for example, photos or files. But after a while you can forget it, if it was a pin code or a picture key, the sign of which just does not match the one you enter now. That's when the question arises, how to remove the screen lock on Android. In this article we will look in detail at several options if you just need to remove the password, but you do not remember where to do it, or if you forgot the pin code from your smartphone.

Updating information and editing some text fragments - 08.03.2018

Remove the Pin-code or the graphic key if we remember the password

Remove the Pin-code or the graphic key if we remember the password

In order to unlock your smartphone, you need to do the following:

  • Once the device has entered Standby mode, it is locked. To do this, just press the shutdown button. Then you have to enter the key or the password set earlier.
  • To change or completely delete existing settings, you must go to "settings" where you will find the "Security" field (perhaps this item is hidden under the more settings tab). After that you will find the "Screen lock" field.
  • Next, you will need to enter the old password.
  • Next, remove the screen lock, press "No".

How to remove the lock screen on Android if I forgot the password

How to remove the lock screen on Android if I forgot the password

To use an easy way to remove a password, you need to remember the passwordwhich was set before. But what to do if it has been forgotten and there is no way to unlock it.

Method 1: Using Google Support

Let's start with the simplest one. If the smartphone has been tethered to Google accountIf your problem is not resolved, you can ask for help. Describe your problem and send a request. Usually support responds to such requests quickly (within 24 hours). If all the data is confirmed, you will receive an email notification to unlock the device. At the same time, you will have to remember the password and login to your Google account, which is connected to Android. It is with its help you can restore the device in case of a forgotten lock password.

What to do if I forgot my Google account password

Very often a user forgets not just the password from his smartphone, but also the password from his Google account (Full article on restoring Google account access on Android). In this case, of course, it is impossible to unlock the screen of the device. But you can use a computer (or other device) with which you can recover the Google Mail password. In this case, much will depend on the program that was used to lock the screen.

Method 2: Restore access to the phone via email

After entering the password incorrectly five times, the user will receive a warning that the device has been locked for a while, but the screen will say "Forgot your password?". This is what we are targeting. Clicking on it, you will be prompted to enter the e-mail address to which the device is tied (a great example would be Xiaomi or Samsung smartphones, which have built-in accounts with mail and passwords). Enter your email and password, and if everything is correct, you can unlock the device.

But this method is only suitable if the phone is connected to the Internet. If there is no connection, you will have to reboot it. After rebooting, a notification curtain will appear for a while, which you have to pull down and connect Wi-Fi or another network.

The problem lies elsewhere. Some people may have Blocking the use of the notification curtain, and this method will not work.

If that doesn't work, go into "Emergency Call" and enter this on the screen - *#*#7378423#*#*. A window will appear in which you need to click "service tests - wlan"and then connect to the Wi-Fi network. If there is no Wi-Fi network nearby, use mobile Internet.

Method 3: Unlocking the screen with an incoming call

You have to make a call on the blocked phone. Then we pick up the phone and answer it. Then we put the call on hold and go to "Settings" on the phone. From there we go to "Security", and then remove the phone lock.

Doesn't always work, especially on Android 6 and higher. Relevant in most cases only on 4.4.

Method 4: Unlocking with an empty battery

When the battery is completely drained, the device will show a message on the screen. From there you will need to go to "Battery Status". After that you will have access to the settings, and there try to remove the password.

Method 5: Reset Android to factory settings

The easiest method of all is to roll back the system to its initial state. The only disadvantage of this method is that when Reset to factory settingsThe smartphone will not only erase all the passwords and forms that have been filled out by the user, but possibly the necessary information in the form of the phone book as well. The smartphone will be clean as a whistle, because it will not have any system information. However, everything that was recorded on the memory card will still remain, but this is probably for the best.

To avoid deleting necessary information, back it up every few weeks. You can also easily store what you need either in cloud storage, which offers extra gigabytes for free, or directly in your Google Account.

Don't forget that in times of severe malfunctions on your phone (smartphone dropped and stopped turning on, you accidentally introduced a dangerous virus, etc.), the SD card may suffer as well. So before starting any new operations that affect the operating system in some way, remove the flash drive. Once you have carried out all the processes, you can safely insert the additional memory back in.

Quick instructions for resetting to factory settings

We remind you of the link to the full article on this subject, but if you're too lazy to read it, try this little tutorial.

  1. Enter the "Recovery" menu. It is worth noting that each smartphone has its own algorithm for entering it.
  2. After you have been able to enter, press "Factory Reset", then press to confirm.
  3. Wait a couple of minutes, if everything was successful the inscription will pop up.
  4. Restart the device by pressing the corresponding button.

By the way, don't forget to charge your phone, because if the charge is less than half, you just might not turn on the device after the rollback and get brick.

If none of the methods were successful, describe your problem in detail in the comments and we will respond right away.

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