Locked Out? How To Bypass Pattern Lock On Any Android Device

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It can really be annoying when you are locked out of your android smartphone simply because you tried the wrong patterns severally. When this happens, you can no longer access anything on your smartphone but receive incoming calls. Never worry, there are a number of ways to bypass the pattern lock when you find yourself in such a situation, and I’ll explain them in details.

Using GMail

If the wrong pattern has been entered 5 times on an android device, you are presented with a screen that prompts you to wait for 30 secs before trying another pattern, hit Forget Pattern, and you would be prompted to input your Gmail details, and if you still can remember it, then your smartphone or Android OS driven device can be easily unlocked.

Type in your GMail credentials. If it’s entered correctly, you’ll get a prompt to draw a new pattern for your lock and Viola, your android device would be unlocked.

Using CMD

For this method to work for you, your USB debugging must be turned on in your smartphone.

Method 1:

  • Connect your Android device via USB to your computer.
  • Open Command Prompt by pressing the window key + R, then type “cmd” (without quotes) in the space provided and hit OK.
  • Type in the following codes
    adb shell
    cd /data/data/
    com.android.providers.settings/
    databases
    sqlite3 settings.db
    update system set value=0 where name=’lock_pattern_autolock';
    update system set value=0 where name=’lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently';
    .quit
  • Reboot your android device and unlock via whatever pattern you choose.

Method 2

If you tried the above pattern and it doesn’t work for you, then you have to follow the same procedure as above, but using this set of code.

  • adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key

Your android device would successfully be unlocked. If you were not able to go through this method, then the below is your last resort.

Resetting The Smart Device

This is the last solution on this list because most people would not love to loose whatever they had stored on their smartphones internal memory. But when you could not get any of the above stated procedures to work for you, you have to resort to this method.

All you need do is hard reset your android device’s memory, this would wipe all apps including the Pattern Lock and leave your phone free from the lockout.

Most Android Devices are Reset By Pressing Switch Button + Volume Key + Home Key

Follow the options and erase all data. Hurray, your android device would be free from the pattern lockout.

I hope this helps.

Comments

  1. Etie Daniel says:

    Wow! Dint know about the cmd options… Thanks alot Mr Oscar for sharing this

  2. Thanks for sharing this awesome hack.Much appreciated.Cheers.

  3. Thanks for this information Oscar,but i cant still unlock my phone with those methods because i cant debug my phone,because every option is locked. please what the solution to this?

    • Oscar Frank says:

      Hi Israel, I can’t really explain the reason why the reset option didn’t work for you. What Android phone model and manufacturer are you making use of?

  4. Good of you….but can’t still root my iNote beyond

  5. I was unable to root my itel Android phone, is an inote beyond type. Version 2.3.5

  6. How to unlock my itel 1305 andriod phones and i can’ t sign in with my google account

    • Oscar Frank says:

      Hi Emmanuel, Other options below are available if you can’t sign in your Google account. Worst of all, you might have to hard reset your smartphone.

  7. Thanks, Oscar. I use LEADDER with android 2.2 and i have tried the first two methods and it does not worked for me

  8. My inote mini won’t reset even after following the last option.

  9. I could not find factory rest in my itel 1605 when I try the hand rest.

    • Oscar Frank says:

      Hi Jbross, As long as it’s an android device, the power+volume down button would work. I hope this helps.

  10. samuel sarfo says:

    have tried all the methods for my itel i note buts its not workingg…please help

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