How to bypass Android Lock Screen when you forget the Pass/Pin/Pattern

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Most newer Gen Android devices nowadays come with fingerprint scanner while some phones arrive with facial recognition, but when both of these advanced forms for security systems fail, then the traditional pattern locking or pin is the way you have to knock the door. However, if you happen to be in a situation where your security systems fail, and you have even forgotten your pattern or Pin screen locking’s passcode, then this guide will show you how to deal with such a situation.

There’re three ways to deal with this situation, and each one depends on which screen lock your using and is your phone rooted? Or not, these factors will play an important role, if you want to get access to your Android smartphone without losing any data.

Method 1: How to bypass the Android Lock-screen without losing data

Pre-requisites:
  • Android device needs to have Root access
  • Download this file ==> Lock Screen Bypass file
  • Your phone needs to have a sd-card/memory card
  • If your phone doesn’t have sd-card slot, USB OTG is your only hope

How to get the Bypass Lock-Screen ZIP on your storage to flash it via custom recovery

This method is a simple method, and all credit goes to the folks at XDA who have discovered it, this involves you to flash a ZIP file, and you’re done. However, you might be wondering how on earth will you place the ZIP file on your phone, if you can’t unlock it? Well, you can place that ZIP file on your memory card, by putting the card in a card reader, then connecting it to a PC to transfer the ZIP file.

Unfortunately, if you happen to have an Android phone that doesn’t have a memory card, then there’s also a way around that as well. You need to have a USB OTG cable at your disposal. Simply, connect a Pendrive to your PC, transfer the ZIP file into it, then Connect the OTG cable with that PenDrive to your Android Phone.

Once, you’re placing the ZIP in your Memory card or your PD connected with an OTG cable; you are ready to proceed further.

Do not worry; your data won’t be deleted, by this ZIP File, it only removes the Lock-Screen Pattern/Pin data and nothing else. 

  1. Switch-Off your Android phone normally
  2. Next, Reboot in your Custom recovery(TWRP or CWM) by Holding the Power key + Volume Down key simultaneously[Every device has its own set of Button Combos to reboot into a Custom recovery, it could also be Volume Up key + Power Button]
  3. Once, you see the custom recovery screen, suppose you have TWRP, Tap on the Install option
  4. Now, navigate to the Bypass Lock Screen ZIP file where ever you have placed it on the Pendrive or your Sd-card.
  5. Once found, Select it and Swipe to Install that ZIP file
  6. It will take some moments to do its job and once, done just Tap on the Reboot button in the recovery. Do not Wipe Cache/Dalvik if you want your data to stay intact.

Now, if you try to open the lock screen, the device will no longer ask you to draw the pattern or enter a PIN. You’ll directly enter the home screen.

Method 2: Bypass any third-party lock-screen via Safe-Mode

If you are using any third party lock-screen app and you have forgotten your passwords/pattern/pin then you’re in luck, there’s an easy fix for it, just follow the instructions given below.

By booting into Safe-Mode, only the apps that came built-in with your Android phone will work, other third-party apps won’t be working in this mode.

Step 1:  Now to enter into Safe-Mode there’re two ways. However, it still depends on device to device

Step 2:  Typically on Stock Android phones you Hold down the Power-button key, then the Power-Off option pops up, now long-press on that Power-Off option, you’ll get the Enter into Reboot option

Step 3:  Another, way to enter Safe-Mode is by restarting your phone, then when you see the Logo of your OEM; for instance in a Samsung or Motorola phone, when you see their Logo and when the phone gives you a haptic feedback(vibration), immediately hold-down the Volume Down key, until you see Safe-Mode written at the bottom of your screen.

Step 4:  Once, you Boot in this Safe-Mode, next thing you have to do is Uninstall that, Third-party Screen-Lock app, by going into Settings > Apps and find it and do the uninstallation

Step 5:  Simply, reboot into normal mode, by restarting your device.

Method 3: How to remove Lock-screen pass/pin/pattern on any Android phone

For this method to work, your phone needs to have the USB debugging option enabled, so if you have it enabled before forgetting your pass/pin, or it is kept enabled forever, then you’re in luck and can try easy this method.

Step 1:  Download and Install Samsung USB drivers, as well as ADB fastboot tools on your PC

Step 2:  Next, connect your Android Phone to your PC

Step 3:  Open the ADB fastboot tools and just Type in the following Command, without the quotation

==>  ” adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key ”

Step 4:  Once, the process ends, the Lock-Screen on your Android device will be removed.

Step 5:  Now, just restart your phone and see the Lock-Screen disappear.

Method 4: Remove the Lock-Screen on Samsung Phone using dr.fone software

Step 1:  Download the dr.fone software on your PC and install it

Step 2:  Now, open the program and Connect your Samsung device to your PC

Step 3:  Next, put phone into Download-mode turning it off and then holding the Power key+Volume Down key+Home-button simultaneously and then Volume Up to Continue

Step 4:  Next, Click on the More-Tools tab within the dr.fone program and Click Start

Step 5:  This will start executing its process, and it won’t hamper your data neither your data gets deleted

Step 6:  As you see the process complete, disconnect your device and reboot it, and the Android Lock-Screen will be no more.

Lastly, the traditional method that everyone uses to this date is by hard-resetting your Android phone, will again restore it to its default state, eliminating all your data.

Sometimes, these methods can be used on your phone by other people to get access to your phone. So, it is better to have multiple fingerprints added to your device(most devices support up to 5 fingers), if one doesn’t work for some reason, you can try the other four.

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