5 Best Ways To Reset And Unlock Android Phone

Reset And Unlock Android Phone

Modern smartphones replace many things from a work terminal to a wallet. On devices, many people store not only contact lists, but access to mailboxes, services, payment systems and many other important resources. The more important there is on the device, the more difficult it is to part with it or simply lose access to it. In this case, the phone can still be in your pocket, but you will not be able to use its functions due to the fact that you forgot the pattern or PIN. What to do in such situations?

The easiest thing to do in this situation is to try resetting or unlocking the device. There are not so many ways to reset and unlock. For most Android smartphones, the steps are similar, but there are still differences. Almost all methods require some preparation, that is, you need to take measures in advance in case the device is blocked.

Recovery menu

Like Windows, Android has a kind of BIOS that allows you to manipulate the device without accessing the system. These include, among other things, resetting and unlocking the system. To enter the Recoveery subsystem, just turn off the phone power and then press the combination of function keys provided by the manufacturer of the device. Most often these are power buttons and a volume control.

After a short boot of the recovery system, a list of boot parameters will appear with the inscription Select Boot Mode (depending on the phone model, the interface may differ, but all the basic parameters and capabilities are similar). When a list of boot modes appears by pressing the keys, select Recovery Mode.  recovery mode ‌  allows you to manage system updates, work with cache partitions, and reset device settings. The last parameter contains the phrase Factory Reset, and it should be activated. After that, the phone will reboot and the settings will be demolished to the standard ones set by the manufacturer. The lock will disappear along with the settings.

The disadvantages of this method are obvious - all information available on the device is lost, with the exception of the removable media. Data stored on cloud services and programs can be installed again, but personal files such as photos, videos, audio, various documentation will be lost. If there is no synchronization with your Google account, your contacts will be lost as well.

Of the advantages of this method, one can note its versatility and minimal time consumption. If you take care of backups and synchronization in advance, then the losses will not be too noticeable.

Unlock with ADB Console

For those who are not looking for easy ways, a special software package for working with the Android OS via a PC called Android-SDK may be suitable. Actually, it is not so much a functional program as a developer's tool. Android is an open source system, so it's not surprising that these kinds of packages can be found in the public domain. Thanks to the convenient console, you can use the developer's toolkit to change settings and give commands to the system on your smartphone (tablet), including resetting and unlocking. A small remark: the method works when debugging via the USB port is enabled in the phone system settings.

Unlocking steps:

  1. Install Android SDK on PC.
  2. Connect the switched on device to the PC.
  3. Run the command line using the Start menu using Administrator rights.
  4. In the command line, type a sequence of commands:
cd [DIR]
The default directory being the following:
cd C:\android
Enter the ADB shell:
adb shell 
If there are no rights to access the root directories of the Android device, then the following command is necessary to access it as a super user, also called an administrator:
Open access to system settings and databases:
Standard script for working with databases written for Android:
sqlite3 settings.db
Command to access the automatic locking control function:
update system set value=0 where name=`lock pattern autolock`
Command to unlock the screen, value 0 means unlock:
update system set value=0 where name= `lockscreen.lockedoutpermanetly`
Exit debug mode:

After entering each line, you must press the Enter key to confirm the command. At the end of the command cycle, the phone must be rebooted. Subject to a number of conditions described earlier and direct hands, everything should work out. Improper use of developer tools is always fraught with unpleasant consequences, if you are not confident in your own abilities, then it is better not.

Unblocking with a call

An exploit that is available on early versions of Android. A curiosity that has already been corrected, but suddenly it will help someone.

The method consists in making a call to a locked smartphone and from the call acceptance menu go to the menu by pressing the appropriate key (do not reset the call, just put it in the background), then everything is simple, menu-settings-disable blocking.

Using the Google service

It is also useful when the phone is stolen or lost. The most important condition for the method to work is the data transfer enabled on the device, or a connection to the wireless Internet. In addition, you need to have a Google account that you signed in to on your device and have access to that account. If all conditions are met or possible, the steps will be as follows:

  1. Log in to your google account through a browser on a personal computer or other device that allows you to work with it
  2. Login to account settings
  3. Enter the Security settings section (help column)
  4. Click on the Your devices window
  5. Select the desired device from the list (if there is one, of course)
  6. Click the Find device button
  7. After finding the device, select the action Erase device. Confirm selection.
  8. ...

In fact - the same factory reset, but by different means. However, if there is a Google account synchronized with the phone, then most likely all contacts will be saved, and this is already something. As mentioned above, it is also suitable if there is a danger of gaining access to the personal data of strangers.

Bypass Locked Android phone protection

Using the  Tenorshare 4uKey Android unlocker tool ‌  you will be able to unlock your Android phone by bypassing the standard phone security.

The tool can easily reset your PIN code, your Android phone passcode, and even your fingerprint lock with a few clicks.

All you have to do is to download the application on your computer, install it on your computer, plugin your phone via USB connection, start the program and follow the instructions to unlock your phone.

Conclusion: best methods to reset and unlock an Android phone

Of course, the most convenient and fastest way to reset and unlock is the good old hard reset, or factory reset, that is, reset to factory presets. Other methods are more controversial and costly, and also require certain preliminary preparations or the use of outdated software on  a smartphone ‌  (which is becoming increasingly rare every year).

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