Android devices come with sturdy protection mechanisms that are designed to secure said device against outside threats. Unfortunately, more often than you might think, people get locked out of their own devices because they forget their passwords or codes. Although it is their very purpose to keep people out, we will show you how Android security measures can be hacked in multiple ways. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can bypass a lock screen password. Although they aren’t all guaranteed to work on a device, one of them might fit your situation.
The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one
While you might want to be sneaky about bypassing your own phone’s protections, it might be better to just come clean and ask for a redo. After you’ve entered a wrong pattern enough times, your phone will prevent you from trying again for an amount of time. During this time, there will be an option on the bottom of the screen for “forgot pattern”. Tap this option to start a process that will have you introduce your Google credentials and replace your passwords. This is similar to how websites offer a “forgot password” option, which lets you send out a new password to your email address or mobile phone.
Using Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager is a service available to users from any PC or mobile device. The concept behind the service is in the title, as in you can manage your device from a remote device. You can use this service to get past your phone’s security measure. Use the Lock feature to be given the option of choosing a new password for your Android handset. This password will override any measure you had previously set up such as a pattern or PIN code. You just need to make sure that you are logged into your Google account so that the service may connect to your device.
If data’s not a problem, wipe it
Some people have important data stored on their devices, which is one of the top concerns they have when they get locked out of their own devices. Others however do not carry sensitive information or any content of value on their mobile device, so they just want to get in. This makes things a lot easier as they are able to perform a factory reset. This will delete all data on your device but will grant you a way back in. To perform a factory reset:
- Turn off the device;
- Boot the device back on, but in recovery mode;
- Boot into recovery mode by holding down the Power and Volume Down buttons.
While the best solution would be to not forget your passwords or patterns in the first place, such things inevitably happen due to human nature. The good thing is that you have a backup plan and can get back in even if the memory of your picking out a new pattern completely slips away from your consciousness.