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.
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.
For this method to work for you, your USB debugging must be turned on in your smartphone.
- 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
update system set value=0 where name=’lock_pattern_autolock’;
update system set value=0 where name=’lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently’;
- Reboot your android device and unlock via whatever pattern you choose.
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.