These days, nobody can go a day without using a smartphone. It could be considered an essential item in modern life. It’s necessary for work, taking pictures, communication, news updates, and other tasks. If you’re hungry, needing a ride, or just looking for a date, a smartphone can help you with that.
Despite the convenience that smartphones can bring, certain challenges when it comes to their usage can occur. Forgetting the password is a common problem, and this is also one of the most frustrating things that could happen to anyone.
Many people forget their passcodes, especially older people who are not tech-savvy. While major smartphone brands like Samsung have developed face recognition and fingerprint scanners as a security measure, these features are still not utilized by all users.
Imagine this; you put on your headphones for a run. You try to open your phone, but it’s locked. Your phone was fresh from a reset so you need to enter your passcode. But you’ve completely forgotten it! At this point, you’re going to have to forgo the music and go for a run without it.
While it seems to be a minor inconvenience, a forgotten password would also mean that you cannot later access your phone to make calls, send messages, or check social media. So, what now? What can you do when you forget your password? Well, you have a few options. This article lists down several tips to help you unlock a Samsung Galaxy phone if you forgot the password:
- Try Find My Mobile
Samsung might have noticed that many of its customers tend to forget their passwords. So, they devised this process to help customers out.
Find My Mobile is a tool from Samsung that can help you unlock your phone. However, it is necessary that you registered with a Samsung account beforehand. If you’ve done this, then this method will work for you. Just follow these steps:
- On another device or computer, go to the Find My Mobile Samsung website.
- Click on the sign-in button and enter your email and password.
- Click “unlock” for your smartphone.
- You will receive a notification that your phone has been unlocked successfully.
- Pay For Unlocking Services
Forgetting your password is more common than you think. This is why there are services that can help you get through this ordeal. It’s easy to unlock a Galaxy S4 using an online service. You just have to provide details like the name of your carrier, network, and IMEI number. It’s quicker than other processes and it is far more straightforward.
The advantage here is, you don’t have to download anything that might harm your phone. And you don’t have to factory reset your phone and erase all your important photos, apps, and files. Best of all, you don’t have to follow intricate steps to get it unlocked. It’s the best option for users who are not tech-savvy.
- Use Google Login
Another way to unlock your screen is to log in using your Google account. Unfortunately, this method doesn’t work on all devices. It can work on Android 4.4 KitKat or lower, but it is a quick way to get your Samsung unlocked. When you enter the wrong patterns on your Samsung and click the “Forgot Pattern” option on the screen, you can use your Google login details or the backup pin to unlock the phone.
- Disable The Lock Screen
For this method, you’ll have to be a little tech-savvy. If you do this, you’ll need a computer and an SD card reader. However, you’ll need to download a file. If you aren’t comfortable downloading files to your computer and into your SD card, that’s understandable. But if you’re fully decided to go through this method, you’ll have to follow a few steps:
- Take out the SD card from your phone.
- On your computer, download an Android Pattern Unlocker. You will be provided with a ZIP file that contains “Password Disable”.
- Transfer the ZIP file to the SD card. You can use an SD card reader for this.
- Put the SD card back into the phone.
- Reboot the phone into Android recovery by pressing down the home button, volume up, and home button for about 5-7 seconds. Then release the power button when you see the Samsung logo and until you’ll see “Android Recovery”.
- Finally, you can unlock your phone with any code or password.
- Resort To Factory Reset
If all else fails, you can opt for a factory reset. But be forewarned that this will completely wipe your phone of all the saved files in it. If you want to keep all your important files, it’s always important to have them backed up if you’ll have to ever factory reset your Samsung phone. But if you’ve decided to do this, here is how you can do it:
- Turn the smartphone off.
- Press down on the volume up and power key.
- When it boots, you should see “Installing system update” after the Samsung logo.
- You should see the phrase “no command” on the screen.
- Don’t press anything and wait for 10-15 seconds.
- You’ll then be directed to the recovery mode.
- There will be different options to choose from but go to “factory reset” or “wipe data” using the volume keys.
- Enter using the power key.
- Scroll to yes, and press the power key again.
- The device will reset, then wait until you’re in recovery mode again.
- Scroll to “reboot system now” and select using the power button.
As mentioned, smartphones are an essential item in this modern age. However, it’s common to run into problems when you use such devices, such as forgetting the password. It’s important to take precautions like backing up files and registering your device to telecommunication carriers and apps so password recovery can be more manageable. If not, there are other ways to unlock a Samsung smartphone. This includes getting it serviced, log in using a Google account, or disable the lock screen through a third-party app. But if all else fails, a factory reset is the only option.