How to Unlock Your Phone if You Forgot The Pattern?

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by Alex Gustman

Updated: July 12, 2021

There are three main methods of data protection that can be turned on in any Android device. It is handy in case the phone is stolen or lost since it reduces the chances of someone reading the information inside it. Even though thieves might find a way to use the phone itself, it will still be required to remove all the information before.

Keep in mind that it is as easy to activate security layers to forget the pattern, PIN, or password. There is no way to deactivate or modify the protection when it happens. Even the owner himself will not be able to enter the home screen anymore. The good news is that there is no need to throw the device into the trash bin.

The sequence of actions required to unlock the phone depends on the Android version and device brand. According to the top mobile manufacturer’s list, a leader is producing around 40% of all Android smartphones. After we find out how to unlock your phone if you forgot the pattern on your Samsung phone, we will give recommendations that will work for any device.

Using Google account

If your device runs under Android 4.4 or lower, you will be able to regain control through Google. To see this option, enter the wrong pattern five times and choose “Forgot”. The system will then offer to enter using Google account credentials. This method is not working in further Android versions due to tightened security policy.

Flashing the firmware

If you like to customize the look of your phone, you should be familiar with how to flash the firmware. Keep in mind that all the information will be erased and you are the only person responsible for possible damage that can occur in the process. Should you decide to do it, look through dedicated forums to learn as many technical details as possible. It might be a good opportunity to update to a new Android version.

Factory reset

In most cases, there is nothing you can do but to erase all the data along with the password. There will be less damage if you regularly upload all the contacts and files to the cloud storage. In this case, you will be able to log into the cloud after reset and sync most of the lost data back.

There are multiple ways to perform a factory reset:

  1. By entering recovery. After a device is powered off, one needs to press a certain combination of buttons. The exact method is different depending on the manufacturer. However, pressing volume up and power buttons simultaneously works for most of them. Then confirm the factory reset by navigating in the menu. Should you fail, search the web to find out the way to enter recovery that works for your smartphone.
  2. When you fail to enter the screen lock five times, some devices offer to wipe all the data off.
  3. Remotely, if you are using Android Device Manager.

Screen lock was invented to protect the phone from strangers. The best tactic is to remember the password, PIN, or pattern by heart. Otherwise, you might lose all the data inside it. Another good habit that will allow restoring information in no time is to sync less sensitive files to the cloud.

How to unlock your iPhone?

If you never back up your files, they all will be lost while you do a factory reset. There are multiple ways to do that:

  • through iTunes,
  • using third-party programs,
  • with the help of iCloud,
  • using recovery mode.

To learn more, follow the link (ссылка на статью How to reset the phone without password?).

There are several ways to unlock the smartphone without the PIN, password, or pattern. There are always certain conditions for “no data loss” ways to work. In most cases, however, it will be necessary to erase all the data to continue using the device. 

How can I remove pattern lock without resetting?

Use the additionally installed password, unlock via a fingerprint scanner or face recognition. You can use programs to unlock your phone using a PC. If you have superuser rights on your phone, you can delete the lock files before starting the system.
If you have forgotten your password, and you don’t have any of the alternative ways to unlock your phone, you won’t be able to unlock it without resetting it.


Can you bypass pattern lock on Android?

With certain security vulnerabilities, it is possible to bypass the blocking. Also if you have root rights or use specialized programs.

What happens if you forgot your pattern lock?

You will not be able to unlock the device. You need to remember the combination or use other unlock methods.

How do you bypass a lockscreen without losing data?

Use other unlocking methods: password, fingerprint or facial recognition. To use another unlock method, you need to set an additional unlock type in advance. If you did not do this and forgot the password, then you have to either remember the password or reset to the factory settings, with a loss of your data.


Here we have described how to unlock your phone if you forgot the pattern. You will unlock the phone without data loss only if the android version is lower than 5. In all other cases, a reset to factory settings will help, but this action will erase all your data on the phone.

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