5 Ways to Unlock an Android Phone Without a Password

  • You can unlock your Android phone even if you’ve forgotten the passcode, but you’ll usually need to factory reset the phone.
  • You can unlock most Android phones by performing a factory recovery or using the Find My Device website.
  • Here are the top five ways to unlock your Android phone if you no longer have the passcode.

The first rule of your phone’s passcode is to commit it to memory, but every once in a while the unthinkable happens, and you completely forget the passcode to your phone. Perhaps it’s an old phone you never traded in and has been living in a drawer since the beginning of the pandemic.

Whatever the reason, in most cases it’s still possible to regain access to a phone without its passcode. Here are the top five ways to unlock an Android phone without the passcode.

1. Unlock an Android phone using your face or fingerprint

This may seem obvious to some, but the first thing you should try after charging your locked phone is to see if it has been configured with any sort of biometric security. It’s possible the phone has been set up to recognize your (or another family member’s) face or fingerprints. If so, you can bypass the passcode and unlock your Android phone without any fuss.

2. Unlock an Android phone using factory recovery

If unlocking your phone with biometric security isn’t viable, then your next best option may be to perform a standard factory reset, which requires pressing the power and some combination of other buttons. This solution has the virtue of working on any phone: All Android phones support this kind of factory reset. Unfortunately, this will send your phone back to factory conditions, erasing all your personal apps and data, but as long as you’ve configured your phone to perform regular backups, you can restore everything from a Google backup after the reset.

The exact button sequence will vary depending on what phone model you have. To factory reset most Google Pixels, for example, press and hold the Volume Down button oath Power button at the same time for 10-15 seconds (but no longer, or it will start normally). If you have a Samsung phone, press the Volume Up, Homeoath Power buttons instead. You may need to perform an online search for the factory reset procedure for your phone.

Recovery mode on a Google Pixel.

Press the right button combo to restore your phone to factory settings.

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After successfully booting your phone to the recovery screen, use the Volume Up swear Volume Down buttons to select the factory reset option, and let your phone restore itself to factory conditions — unlocked and without the passcode.

3. Unlock an Android Kitkat or older using Google recovery

If you want to try to unlock your Android without the inconvenience of performing a full factory reset (or perhaps you don’t have a saved backup of the data on the phone) then you can try this recovery method, which, if it works, unlocks your phone without requiring a factory reset and won’t make you lose any data.

The method will vary, though, depending on which version of Android you’re running. If you have Android 4.4 older, simply enter the wrong passcode five times in a row. After the fifth mistake, you’ll see an option appear at the bottom of the login screen that says Forgot pattern. Tap it and you’ll be prompted to enter your Google account name and password. After unlocking, your phone will prompt you to create a new passcode

4. Unlock an Android 5 or newer using Find My Device

Starting with Android 5, Google enhanced the security of phone recovery, requiring more than knowledge of your Google account information to gain access to a locked phone. To unlock one of these newer phones, you can use Find My Device.

Use another device — like a computer or second phone — to open the Find My Device website in a browser. Log in with your Google account information and choose your locked phone from the list (you may have several devices associated with your Google account, in which case you’ll see them all here). Select the option to erase your device. Your phone will be reset to factory conditions and unlocked remotely, after which you can restore your data from a Google backup (assuming you have backed up the phone).

The Google Find My Device website.

You can factory reset most modern Android phones from the Find My Device website.

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5. Unlock a Samsung phone using Samsung’s Find My Mobile

Samsung maintains its own version of Google’s Find My Device, and if you have a Samsung phone, you should use this option. It’s especially handy because you can use it to remotely unlock your phone without performing a factory reset.

Use another computer or mobile device to open the Samsung Find My Mobile website and select your locked phone from the list on the left. In the device window on the right, choose Unlockand then choose Unlock in the final pop-up window. Your phone will unlock, and your passcode will be reset.

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