Going to do a factory reset but the screen password is unavailable? Lighten up! This quick guide can help you out with three easy ways to reset a Samsung phone that is locked. Read on to learn how to reset your phone without password.
Factory resetting a phone helps you to clear data & settings, fix system glitches, reset a locked phone, etc. So, there are multiple reasons why you want to factory reset a Samsung phone: Get a second-hand phone and want to wipe off all the previous data, have troubles with apps crashing, Samsung frozen screen, or other system issues, and need to make a fresh start.
Performing a factory reset on an Android phone is always easy, but what if you were locked out of the phone by a screen password, PIN, or pattern? This article will show you how to reset the Samsung phone when it is locked or force Samsung to factory reset.
Using Android Recovery mode is the first easy way you can adopt to reset the phone. A strong Wi-Fi network or mobile data is preferred, or recovery mode may not work normally. To reset a locked Samsung via recovery mode:
Turn off your phone then press and hold the Volume Up (the top button on the left-hand side), Power (on the right side), and Home/Bixby buttons (at the bottom in the middle) simultaneously. Wait for the OS to run.
From the Installing System Update screen, use the Volume Up/Down button to move and the power button to select the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option.
Select YES to delete all user data then wait for a few minutes to complete the factory data reset process. Reboot the device and then you can go on the setup process if needed.
If you can’t switch your phone off in Step 1, leave the battery to run down and charge it back up first.
If the recovery screen doesn’t display, first try to keep pressing and holding the Home and Volume Up button until the recovery screen appears.
If your Samsung phone is locked and won’t turn off to enter recovery mode, you may not perform a wipe data/factory reset. Then you can use DroidKit – a complete Android solution, which provides you with an Android lock screen removal tool. No matter whether your Samsung phone is locked by a numeric password/PIN/pattern/fingerprint, or Samsung won’t accept your password, you can reset your Samsung and remove the lock screen.
What you need to do is simply connect your phone to the computer and click the buttons. First check how can DroidKit help you:
Step 1. Free download DroidKit on your computer. Launch it and tap on Screen Unlocker.
Step 2. Connect your locked Samsung and click the Start button.
Step 3. After the connection, DroidKit will prepare the configuration file for you. Once finished, tap on Remove Now button to continue.
Step 4. In this interface, select the device brand you need to unlock and continue the process.
Step 5. Follow the on-screen instructions and continue. If your phone is locked without a home button, there is also a solution.
Step 6. Wait for the unlocking process to be completed, you will get the Screen Lock Removal Completed page. And, your phone is reset to factory resetting.
Android Device Manager (ADM) is a security feature that allows you to locate, change the lock screen and remotely erase the Android device. If you have enabled Android Device Manager with your Google account on the locked phone before, then you can factory reset it breezily.
Step 1. Log in to https://google.com/android/devicemanager with the Google Account used on the locked phone before.
Step 2. On the Android Device Manager page select your device > Tap Lock > Enter a temporary password > Click on Lock again.
Step 3. Enter the temporary password again > Go back to the Lock Screen Settings > Disable the temporary password.
Step 4. Choose the Erase option to restore to factory settings.
The above methods generally suit all Android models, including Samsung phones. And, Samsung users can also reset a locked phone with Samsung Find My Mobile:
Step 1. Go to Samsung Find My Mobile and sign in with your Samsung account.
Step 2. Then you can view your Samsung phone information. Tap on Erase Data.
If you factory reset your phone but it’s still locked, it is probably locked by FRP (factory reset protection). Why? Screen locks can be reset by factory reset. FRP lock will be activated by factory reset, which means your phone is a Google-locked phone. There are some ways that you can try to bypass FRP, and DroidKit also allows you to remove FRP. You can download it and bypass a Samsung phone (the latest Android 11/12 supported) locked by a Google account.
That’s all about how to reset a Samsung phone that is locked. With all the methods above, you should have no problem resetting your phone without a password. By the way, DroidKit can be a good helper for you to remove any other screen locks, and you can explore more functions from it. Just download it to have a try.
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