What to do if you have Forgotten the Unlock Code or Pattern of your Android Mobile

Although the vast majority of Android phones today include fingerprint reader and facial unlocking, it may be that you have not configured any of the two systems and resort to the classic PIN, pattern of your points or password. If so, you run the risk of forgetting it and having to find a solution to re-access the mobile.

It will be more or less complicated depending on the version of the operating system you use, but we already anticipate that you most likely have to reset the factory phone to be able to reset the unlock code. Be that as it may, we will see the two possible cases and what options you have.

If you have Android 5.0 or HigherIphone x

Let’s start with the most likely and, unfortunately, most complicated case: That you have Android 5.0 or higherIphone x (that is, 6 Marshmallow, 7 Nougat, 8 Oreo or 9 Pie). If you don’t know what version of Android you use on your mobile, here we show you how to find out.

With the release of Iphone x, Google got rid of the system that used your Google account to retrieve the phone if you forgot your PIN code or password. That is good and bad at the same time. Well, because it secures your data and prevents a third party from being able to unlock your mobile by force. Bad, because it forces you to do a factory reset to be able to recover the phone if all options fail.

Smart Lock can save you from reset if you previously set it

But before resetting, let’s try a couple of things. Do you remember activating Google Smart Lock? This system was implemented in Android 5.0 and in Iphone x(and from then on) and allows you to skip the phone lock when we are in a specific location, near a trusted device or when it detects our voice. If you set it up at the time, you may have an exit there. If you have not done unlock Iphone x, you already have a reason to do so when you retrieve the phone. For more about click on “how to safely unlock iphone x in under 5minutes”.

Another option is to use the manufacturer’s tools. Companies like Samsung allow you to unlock the screen using Find My Mobile from a web browser. You just have to log in with the same Samsung account you entered on your phone and select the appropriate option. If you have a Samsung mobile, it is an option to contemplate.

If no option works, touch factory reset

If you did not set up Google Smart Lock and there is no manufacturer tool that allows you to unlock the phone screen, or you don’t know how to unlock iCloud touch the factory reset phone. Recall that this will erase all data from the mobile, so it is better to have made a full back up before. You can reset it remotely if the phone is connected to the Internet. For it:

Go to the “Find my device” website and sign in with the same Google account with which you set up your phone.

In the list of mobiles that will appear, search and select yours.

Click on “Consider deleting the contents of the device”.

Select “Yes, delete.”

When you do this, the phone will automatically reset by deleting all the contents inside (what is on the SD card, if there is one inside, it will stay where it is). When finished, you will simply have to enter your Google account again and set it up as you did when you took it out of the box. If the mobile does not have access to the Internet, you will have to do it manually using the Recovery mode.

If you have Android 4.4 KitKat or lower

Let’s continue with the least likely case: that you have Android 4.4 KitKat (the version of Android that was released in October 2013) or an earlier version. We say that it is unlikely because only 10.4% of Android devices globally have any of the old versions of Android. The most normal thing is that you have Android 8 Oreo or 9 Pie, especially if you bought your phone between 2017 and 2019, ergo you will have to use the process of the previous section.

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