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How to unlock an Android phone if you forgot your password or PIN

If you have ever seen yourself in one of those situations in which for whatever reason you have forgotten the password, pattern or PIN of your Android phone, understand that the night is coming to you ... And it is for less: feeling blocked or rejected by your own device is horrible, but do not suffer, that here we are to help you. We explain below how to unlock an Android phone that refuses to let you in.

Using Find My Device

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If your phone has Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7.0 Nougat, or a later version of Android, then your best option is to use Google's Find My Device.

You must know the email address and password of your Google account, and your device must be on and connected to the Internet for it to work. These are the steps:

  1. Visit the Find My Device site on your computer, laptop or other device and log in with your Google account.
  2. It is likely to be the default for your current phone, but if you have multiple devices registered, you can select the correct device by clicking on its icon and name in the upper left corner of the page.
  3. Click the Lock option on the left.
  4. You will be asked to enter a new password and confirm it. Be sure to remember the password you choose!
  5. Now you can go back to your Android device and enter the newly created password to gain access.

Using Samsung Find My Mobile

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If you have a Samsung phone, you have created a Samsung account and activated Find My Mobile during the setup process, then you can also use this feature to unlock your phone remotely.

You should know the email address and password associated with your Samsung account and your device must be turned on and connected to the Internet. This is how it is done:

  1. Visit the Find My Mobile website on your computer, laptop or other device and log in with your Samsung account.
  2. Your current device and phone number should be displayed in the upper left corner of the page. Examine the options on the right side of the page and click Unlock my device.
  3. Then you can unlock your phone remotely by entering your password for your Samsung account.

Unlock Android 4.4 KitKat or previous devices

The unlocking process is much easier when you forget your password, pattern or PIN on an older Android device. After entering the wrong PIN five times, a message will appear in the login window that says "Forgotten pattern", "Forget the PIN" or "Forget the password". Tap any of those options, and enter your username and password from your Google account to change your password, PIN or pattern. This will give you immediate access.

Do not remember your Google account?

If you have trouble remembering your Google account details, visit the website of Google Account Recovery on your computer or laptop and follow the instructions.

Using Factory Data Reset

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Your last resort is to perform a factory data reset through the recovery mode menu, but this will erase everything on the phone. Also, keep in mind that your phone may have factory reset protection (FRP), which is automatically activated on all Android 5.1 and later devices to deter thieves from stealing it. If FRP is activated, you will be asked for your Google account details, even after a reset.

Once restored, you will have to configure your phone as if it were new. And this time be sure to write down your new password in a safe place.

* Article updated by Daniel Matus on August 21, 2019.

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