How to Hard Reset Phone when you Forgot Lock Pattern

In the previous article we have gone through how to password protects your Android mobile phone with different lock options. In Lock Pattern you are asked to provide the combination of dots which are arranged in grid to unlock the device. This trend is available in the smartphones which have touchscreen input.

It’s fine if you remember which dots to use to unlock, you can get in but what if you have forgotten the lock pattern on your Android handset? But still you can have a try with the lock pattern until you remember some or atleast a part of it. Try to use the combination possible. If you have entered the wrong pattern five times then you need to wait for another 30 seconds to unlock the device.

Pattern Unlock

If you forgot you screen unlock pattern then you need to reset it. The simple procedure is mentioned below –

    1. Continue to enter the unlock pattern five times until you are prompted with forgot password (forgot pattern in some handsets) at the bottom right side of the screen.Forgot Pattern
    2. Tap on the Forgot Password option and you would be prompted to sign in with the existing Google or Gmail account information. You need to provide the ID when you first register or activated your phone. If you have that, it would be easy to get in for you and then change the unlock pattern (atleast by now you would be remembering your unlock pattern).Forgot Pattern Gmail
    3. If you don’t know the Gmail ID or the password is wrong then there is only one solution to hard reset your handset. The data present on the added SD card will not be wiped out but you would lose your personal data or information or contacts stored on your phone memory.
    4. The procedure for hard reset is mentioned clearly at Reset Android mobile.

The problem is that while hard resetting your phone, you might not be able to backup any data and the personal stuff could be gone, but there is no workaround for it except for a few tools available for the computer, connecting which you would be able to browse the file system if the phone allows, and you can at least try to backup the data before you hard reset your Android phone.

  • ufkingw0t

    Kyocera Rise, 4 digit pin….halp.

  • azran

    how 2 unlock lenovo a369

  • N Khan

    I need help to unlock my device. I set a password for it yesterday, but forgot it today. I tried plugging it to the computer via Mobogenie to download Screen Lock Bypass.

  • mabz

    I NEED HELP!!! i need to reset my haipad mid 1689 0S : 4.2, stuck on android logo. i need tha firmware. where can i get it? can anybody give mo.. thank you in advance

  • nedra

    I have tried that step on my Samsung ace S5830i because my son put a pattern and dont remember it and I can’t remember the Google adress it was set up on.

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it will work for your device

      • Lisa D

        i need help resetting my ZTE X501. i tried what was stated abpve and nothing happened

  • Ryan Alnumbra

    how to go to recovery mode? my unit is myphone A898 Duo…

    • Pradeep Neela

      you will have to refer the manual for the same as its a lesser known brand

  • eileen baron

    The screen message is too many attempts!!! Emergency call

  • kshitiz

    celkon a9+ reset?

  • kshitiz

    i have a celkon a9+ and it is not resetting what to do

  • Kanwal

    i have Samsung Galaxy S i forgot my pattern and attempt more than 5 Times now it has been locked i usually connected with Wifi and currently it is off so how can i access my phone to unlock screen pattern please suggest.

  • marshall estes maddux

    hey, I don’t know my email address or password and its on an htc and it doesn’t have a sims card is there any possible way to still reset it.?

    • Pradeep Neela

      you will have to hard reset the device to get rid of the password error!

  • Nike

    I have Advan Vandroid T2V, I use Telkomsel Sim Card, It good work. But when I change to another Telkomsel Sim Card my Advan V T2V cannot read the Sim Card. I already try to hard reset/factory setting, same result. When I put back the first Sim Card, It work very well, why its cannot read another sim card, if you know what the problem/solution plz inform me, thank you guy’s

    • Pradeep Neela

      may be an issue with the Network Lock, i reckon!

  • Alex

    Everytime i try and get into recovery mode it restarts on me. How are you meant to hold down the power button and home button without it turning off?

    • Pradeep Neela

      you just need to retry or try entering the device in recovery mode with the help of RAM Manager

  • alamin

    i have a samsung GTI99070 a i forgeotten my patttern password .. after too many pattern asking for google acount and password now.. also i forget that .. so how can i on/reset my phone…

    • Pradeep Neela

      you will have to enter the device in the recovery mode and clear the cache and wipe the data

      • kshitiz

        celkon a9+ reset?

  • Grace

    Via expert Randy :)

  • Grace

    Remove the battery
    Replace the battery but do not power the device on.
    Hold up the Volume button and then press the Power and home button. Hold the Power and home button until you see the Samsung Logo and then release it without releasing the Volume up button.
    Your phone will boot into hboot mode.
    Follow the instructions on screen to navigate through the options.
    Choose Wipe Data / Factory Reset
    Confirm your choice
    After it completes, choose reboot system now

  • vishu

    i have changed my gmail password by computer and how to unlocked my pattern lock on my micromax a72

  • shobhit

    a strip of my htc desire c suddenly stopped working. and coincidently, the dots for my pattern lay in that strip. I dont want to spend money on the touch screen now coz im gonna buy another phone soon. So is there a way i can access my information just to back it up now?

  • Sukanta Panigrahi

    Dear Sir, My son screen locked my karboon smart 3 tablet giving some numbers but now it is forgotten, Please tell me how it is remove and open my tablet.

  • sandeep

    karbonn a6 mobile forget the pattern please tell me

    • Pradeep Neela

      enter the device in the recovery mode and clear all the cache and wipe the data from the recovery mode

  • atif

    plz tel me hurry up?

    • Pradeep Neela

      hard reset the device from the recovery mode and then clear / wipe the data to get rid off the LOCK thing

  • atif

    i dont forgoten ptren pasword but i forgot gmail id password wat i will do now?

  • Nyla

    I have a huawei ascend h688c and my sister forgot the email and password and its locked completely how do I wipe it or anything ?

  • gracehankitty

    i have a galaxy young phone and i stupidly had my security as a password
    and my phone doesnt have a “forgotten password” and i have no idea what to do/..
    please help :)

  • Gopal

    i have galaxy young. i forget pattern and google account what can i do?

  • dj

    it didnt work with my myphone a818 duo.. is there anything i can do beside from this hard reset??

  • Treyford

    I forgot my gmail and i need my phone where is the reset button

  • Alyssa_gayle22

    where can i found that reset button? i have a galaxy pocket and its not working!! heeeellllp!!

  • Alyssa_gayle22

    where can i found that reset button? i have a galaxy pocket and its not working!! heeeellllp!!


    i have a LG amazon android and i forgot my email and now am locked uot!! and dat hard reset aint working!! HELP!!

  • Anurag


  • elsonteng

    May i know where is teh red buton ? cant found it on galaxy s 2,
    i read out the previous post, mention there is end call button, but where is the end call button?

    • Pradeep Neela

      which red button you are talking of?

    • Pradeep Neela

      have you upgraded the firmware?

  • Xochitl Pacheco

    what if there is not a  ‘forgot  password’ button? 

  • Xochitl Pacheco

    what if there is not a  ‘forgot  password’ button? 

    • Anne Cabuena

      I also don’t have that button I only have the ‘emergency call’ button

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to check with the pattern

      • Matthew Smith

        I also have this Problem, I am using an Andoid Samsung Galaxy S GT-I90000 and it dosen’t have a ‘forgot password’ button or anything in relation. I have tried many ways of hard-resetting it, and even through updating the software but NOTHING at all works. BTW, I have a google account but not with this device seen as I don’t use interent on it. WHAT do I do? What do you mean by “You need to check with the pattern”???

  • Dongqinlu

    i have galaxy note  i gorget the patten and my google account, what can i do?

    • Pradeep Neela

      hard resett he device, it will be solved

  • Jenniferlanat

    i forgot my unlock pattern ,what should i need to do?

  • Jenniferlanat

    i forgot my unlock pattern ,what should i need to do?

  • Jenniferlanat

    i forgot my unlock pattern ,what should i need to do?

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can either get via Gmail or via hard reset method!

  • Kaidence Makenzie Delcour

    all i wanna know is if there is a pattern liock on a skyrocket

  • taz

    guys just use the first word of ur email adress. so if ur email adress is . put ur username as ‘cupcakes’ and have ur usual gmail password! read this from a previous comment and it alctually worked on my phone xx

  • taz

    guys just use the first word of ur email adress. so if ur email adress is . put ur username as ‘cupcakes’ and have ur usual gmail password! read this from a previous comment and it alctually worked on my phone xx

  • taz

    guys just use the first word of ur email adress. so if ur email adress is . put ur username as ‘cupcakes’ and have ur usual gmail password! read this from a previous comment and it alctually worked on my phone xx

  • vasu

    i have forgot my android lock patter and forgot gmail id or password .

    my tablet name is vizio tablet pc .
    pls tell me that what can i do
    to open my tablet .


    Just thought I’d post this cause I was just about to reset my phone and loose everything because I couldn’t remember setting up a google account/gmail account for the android market when I had first gotten my Samsung Galaxy S2. If you are in the same position check out this link to find out what your username and password is.


    hi I have a galaxy y pro and I forgot the password, not the pattern, the other, what can I do? does the phone have a limit of how many times I can try? If it is tell me please… because there´s no other option and I already try 25 times and I’m afraid if I try again something wrong gonna happen…

    • Pradeep Neela

      enter the phone in the recovery mode and wipe the phone or you can get the security code via gmail

  • Ameen

    Today, i just installed new external memory card. After that it was working fine with my Galexy S II.
    now im trying to put my “unlock pin” but a massage apeared to me try again!!
    I dont know whats going on ?? is momery card affect that?!!
    however, I read he above but, it does not have a forgot password button to enter my gmail account ! what can i do now ?

  • khateebrey

    chillax every 1………. its a flaw in android
    first, if your gmail account is
    username: obama
    password: null
    u can thank me….:P

    • taz


    • Britt

      I would thank you, if it worked..

  • Arshi


  • alvin

    hey….please help me,my samsung galaxy y is locked,i forgot my pattern and my gmail password….what should i do????please help me :(

  • Watt Pad

    My samsung galaxy y is locked because of too many pattern attempts. I also forgot my username and password, at the same time. how could I unlock my cellphone? please answer me quickly. What’s the easiest way to do? thanks.

  • Watt Pad

    i forgot my username and password in google. how can I open my cellphone?

    • Arshi


      • ayoo

        Arshi- after u make the youtube account do u use the gmail that u put in at the begining?

  • tong

    how to unlock my phone???i forgot my gmail address and password too~~~so what i gonna do??

  • Arshi


  • Vanessa

    Hey I was just wondering what if you don’t know your password but know your gmail but the Internet isnt switched on. I have tried to reset it but it’s not working. My phones an lg

  • Vikki

    I have a Kyocera Zio and i dont have a forgot pattern button what do i do?

  • summer

    will this work on a samsung galaxy 5? im in really big trouble and need help!!!!!!

  • kess

    too many patterns on my xperia mini. locked out. tried connecting it to the pc to run sd update but not reading memory card. to make matters worse it somehow is now in latin or portuguese or spanish….. help me please

  • al-francis

    ey guys for samsung s2 user to reset to factory setting just hold on the power button and volume up and at the same time the ok button so its three buttons at a time then select the factory reset and after that select the reboot and your done good as new:) that’s for password lost of pattern problems…

  • al-francis

    how can i go to recovery mode pls teach me im using samsung galaxy s2…

  • cece

    I have a mytouch4g that i changed the pattern lock on and cant remrmber it…luckily i was able to select not to use a lock on my phone before it went into lock mode but now i cant figure out how to change the pattern lock without having to know current and it says i also need it to reset phone…what do i do, any advice?

  • Abbas

    Dear!Help me plz!..I have samsung galaxy young…..I forgot pattern n after too many attempts it requires to sign in throu my gmail i.d linked with android but i dont remember the password and cant get email back… what shoul i do…plz tell me the way i could also prevent my data plz!

    • Pradeep Neela


  • gerald

    i have a motorola photon 4g and my nephew somehow screwed it up now i cant get in my phone

  • houssam

    my nam is houssam pleaz help me i heve samcun galaxy an i forget password :( we can help me

  • Rian Colston

    Basically Google is a cunt. Thats it.

  • Becky

    Hi, I don’t have the forgotten password button and I don’t know how to unlock it and I dunno how to wipe the data and one more thing I don’t have a gmail account what should I do I need help it’s my Christmas present!!!!

  • Becky

    On my phone I don’t have a forgotten password? What do I do?

  • Daisuke

    I can’t remember my google account. What should I do?

    • Yogesh Patel

      hard reset your phone and signin with a new Google Account.

  • kant

    How to unlock Samsung galaxy y phone

    • Pradeep Neela

      we dont have clue on how to unlock devices!

  • david

    hi samsung galaxy here i have locked my phone and my gmail wont let me unlock it, does anybody have a clue how i could unlock it

  • jind

    tell me sir

  • jind

    hello neal i have a samsung galaxy pro gt-b7510 , and i forgot my pattren and also my google account now how can i unlock my fon ,,,, ur hard reset method is not working on my phone

    • Neela Pradeep

      get into the recovery mode and wipe the data to hard reset the phone! all the data will be lost!

  • jimmy

    i have forgotten my pattern password, and i cant remember my googlee account what do i do ?

    • Neela Pradeep


      • Arshi

        where i find Recovery Mode !! ??

  • sunny sharma (TBOD)

    i m in a same condition as [mr.Patrick Lai] dude plz help ne as soon as possibl


  • sunny sharma (TBOD)

    as i read your comments i m gona follow u and i m gona RECOVER & CLEAR EVERYTHING.,.,., but IS this posibal to get that data BACK.,.,., coz i have very important MAMO, CONTECTS , MSGs , so is this posibal to get that back.,? plz help me dude

  • Leigh

    Hi, I have a Samsung galaxy y, and I have forgotten my lock pattern I’ve tried unlocking it too many times that it has come up with the google mail page, however that also isn’t working, how to I hard set it to clear everything? The way suggested doesn’t apply to my phone.

  • Becca

    How long does it take to reset? I followed steps to hard reset and it says, \Downloading… Do not turn off target!!\ Its been like that for almost an hour! Is that normal?

  • md shahbaz

    i forget my email/id and password
    of my anroid phone what to do please help me…

    • Neela Pradeep

      you need to hard reset the device!

      • jimmy

        how do you do that ?

  • kunal

    i have an nexus s. today i forget my lock pattren n so i got an condition where it say too many patteran lock…so i give it correct id and password as i am useing my account on internet..but it said invalid username or password. but my android markit shows proper installed appz in pc…i have no net connection in my phone due to wifi off. so i decide to hard reset but when i hit the recovery mode then no triangle with exclimation comes… and i don’t get the factory reset..plz help me…i am so upset as i try 100 of time to open it…

  • Windy

    I forgot the pattern and I dont get the second option after 30 second with the option to unlock via e mail. How can i unlock it now??

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to reinsert the battery and enter into recovery mode to clear the cache and data!

  • bluedolphin671

    My daughter forgot her pattern and her lg enlighten vs700 droid verizon phone has locked up. She cant get
    into google account. What to do?????

    • Amit Bhawani

      Did you go through the process mentioned in the above article?

    • Pradeep S

      Then u need to hard reset your cell.. it will erase your all data, To do hard reset Hold Power-ON+Volume Down+Search or Power-ON+Volume Down+Home

      • yatie

        hi, i did that & icon that appeared is “downloading” “do not turn off target!!” i’m using samsung galaxy s2…..:((

      • multimediachandru

        this option is very use full…. tnx dude… :)

  • vinny


    I have a Samsung Galaxy Europa GTI-5500, same problem, i know the dot pattern, but my kids have locked the phone, and i cannot get into the google account or reset or retreive the google account.

    I need to do a factory reset on this model.

    The power key hold and home key hold for 30 seconds does not work.

    Any ideas ??

  • kathy

    my model is different. it doesnt have the red button. its a sony ericsson though, i forgot the password to the security question and i dont have a google account! how can i reset my mobile?

    • Pradeep Neela

      go to recovery mode and wipe all the data to get away with the security lock!

  • carimah

    i forgot my gmail account

    • Neela Pradeep

      you need to reset from the recovery mode!

  • carimah

    i have galaxy y i forgotten the pattern to unlock the screen please help??

    • Neela Pradeep

      go to recovery mode and then clear the cache and wipe the data

  • bryan

    i can’t open my samsung galaxy i know my pattern but my friend try to unlock it but he excedeed the my phone need my gmail account and i forgot it how to unlock my phone again?

    • bryan

      galaxy y

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to again reset the phone from recovery mode!

      • kbeezy

        how do you do it though

  • Rina

    I have tried so many times keying in the password numbers but it doesnt prompt any forgot password option and how do I go to the recovery mode when I cant even pass through the password lock.

    Please help.


  • Alron Lucien

    I have a complicated question.
    I’ve got a sony ericsson xperia mini pro and activated the pattern lock for safe guarding my data on my phone. But at the same time I have also activated the PIN lock on the same phone. Now when I go to unlock my phone I enter the PIN exactly the same which I registered on the phone and it doesnt let me in. On the other hand after a several tries it says “you have incorrectly drawn your unlock pattern 5 times”

    Please help me and also reply with a copy of your reply of solution to my email address as well.
    Thank You.

    • Pradeep Neela

      you now need to reset the phone from the recovery mode by clearing the cache!

  • Rhianna

    i have A pandigital tablet and i forgot my pattern…how do i unlock it?

  • luke

    hey there… my sister found a samsung s2 phone when she went on holiday to spain-she said it had a pin so she could not unlock it and gave it to me.. ive had this sat on my shelf now for about 6 months… is there anyway i can get into the phone so i can use it?… might aswell thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to unlock the device!

    • Rahul

      Be honest and have the phone returned to the original owner.The owner might be having some important data and contacts.I know how it feels like when somebody loses his phone and people like you just keep it as if it was yours.

  • Houston Lawing

    what would the password be on an htc desire

    • NeaL Pradeep

      you need to reset he phone, we cant comment on the password which you have set!

  • Sourabh

    Hey , Thanks man.. for this advice.. ,but what should one do incase of Samsung Galaxy s2 phone??

    • NeaL Pradeep


      • Gillian Jane


        i just read some of your conversations and how to enter into recovery mode to clear everything?
        i got samsung galaxy s2 and its asking me for a google account now when i try signning in it wouldnt work it always response with invalid usename or password any advice for me to do?could you help me or can you tell me how to do the hard reset? thank you.

  • amith

    hey guys,

    get the data network mode activated before you guys try to unlock using you gmail account it will work. most of the times we wouldn’t be having the data network mode activated hence it shows incorrect username or password.

    hope this helps

  • Robert

    I ave a samsung galaxy neo and i have forgotten my unlock pin and it does not have a forgot password button! what can i do?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      you can follow the procedure, are you facing any issue?

  • cesar

    does it work with Galaxy s4g??? help no gmail and no password!!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes it will work!

  • Savvy

    i dont have a internet access on my samsung galaxy gio, and i only got it yesterday so i am pretty new to it but, i somehow forgot it, so i cannot access internet to unlock it :(, PLEASE HELP ME

    • NeaL Pradeep

      you need to reset your phone, for resetting you need not have internet access!

  • G baby

    bought a galaxy S obvs not brand new from store lol need to unlock it for my FIDO chip honestly too lazy to read thru this so if someone cud pls help me out and tell me step by step instructions on how to unlock my new phone that wud be awsomerzz <3

  • Orrla

    I have changed passwords on my gmail account since I registered my phone (I change it every few months). Just to be clear, I just need to log into my gmail account using my EXISTING password correct? When I read this it sounded like the password I used a year or so ago when i got my phone. I don’t want to screw my phone further my entering the wrong thing now.

    • NeaL Pradeep


  • Patrick Lai

    I already change the gmail password & try to unlock my sumsung galaxy S2 screen with new password but not successful. What to do next ?

    Thank you.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      get into the recovery mode and reset the phone by clearing everything!

  • Patrick Lai

    Sorry, can you show me more detail.

    • Yogesh Patel

      Any problem with your mobile phone?

      • Patrick Lai

        may i reset my gmail password by PC & use the reset password to unlock my sumsung galaxy S2 screen ?
        Thank you.

        • Yogesh Patel

          Gmail password can be changed or modified on PC as well.

        • Patrick Lai

          I already change the gmail password & try to unlock my sumsung galaxy S2 screen with new password but not successful. What to do next ?

          • Yogesh Patel

            Well if that doesn’t work out then going through recovery mode and hard reset it.

          • Alice

            i’m having the same problem at the moment, how did you end up fixing yours?

      • remona

        please help me unlock my pattern

        • remona

          what do i do now

        • remona

          please help me ..i did everthing you asked me to do.

          • Pradeep Neela

            any error message?

        • remona

          what now

          • Pradeep Neela

            you can do the hard reset, wee you able to do factory reset?

        • remona

          am i doing something wrong

          • isamu

            I had forgot my password for my galaxy s2 this should work for most android phones………hold volume up, power key, home button at the same time until phone enters recovery mode, using the volume buttons go down and select wipe data factory reset then select yes if it comes up asking you to confirm password just enter 0000 ok keep doing this 0000 ok it usually takes 5 or 6 attempts after this phone will be wiped then go up and select reboot phone. phone will be factory reset you may loose all previous data but hey forgoton password no longer a problem

          • Pradeep Neela

            you can probably enter the device in the recovery mode and then clear / wipe the data for clearing the password policy

          • leigh

            how do u go to recovery mode

          • shammi juneja

            this is not working in my phone galaxy y how much time it will take

        • remona


        • Pradeep Neela

          you can reset the unlock pattern!

          • riz

            how to i reset my phone i forget my pattern lock and nothing is open

      • patrick

        i foget my password pattern in lock screen my is galxy y ..

        • patrick

          hot to reset my galxy y ..

        • Neela Pradeep


      • brandon whitlock

        my sister has entered the code in wrong and now it is asking me to enter my google account and I have forgotten it… Can someone please help me as I’m lost without my phone

        • Pradeep Neela

          hard reset the phone in the recovery mode, it will be fixed! wipe the data too

  • Patrick Lai

    My Sumsung galaxy S2 have been lock due to too many pattern attempts. I have try to unlock by key in my gmail user name & password but not successful (May be wrong password key in), so may I reset the password by my PC and try ? or how to do ?

    • Yogesh Patel

      Go for harware reset of your phone by entering your phone through recovery mode.

      • Patrick Lai

        Can you show me more detail ?

        • Yogesh Patel


      • dylannnnn

        @Yogesh Patel, how do i do that?

  • Yoanie

    I can’t seemed to find the “forgot password” button… how should i unlock my galaxy gio now??

    • Yogesh Patel

      So have reset your phone.

  • MIchelle

    I’m despirate, I’ve got the same problem, but only i have forgotten mij password, not the dottpassword. does anybody knows how i can fix that?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      you can recover by entering your recovery module by entering the Google Account credentials!

  • eve

    i have change my gmail passord by computer, can i use the new password to unlock my sumsung galaxy s2?

  • liam

    i have typed it in 215 times and no luck how do i get it to come up ?

    • jessie

      me too!! ive tried mine for like freakin 230 times and it still wont pop up if i forgot my password!

  • Aly

    i have a samsung replenish and i dont have a forgot pattern button what do i do?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      did you forget the pattern!!

      • jay

        i have a samsung galaxy pro and did not make a note of the pattern and forgot it. i have tried every combination in the book – NO LUCK

        • NeaL Pradeep

          you will get to reset the same with your Google Account!

          • Yuwan

            My Phone not including Acount email ?

            so can u help me ?

          • zulubooi

            have a samsung galaxy pro,have tried the null password but it does not work, another thing is have forgotten my google account password and when I reset it, it shows secondary email which i do not remember also!!!!!!

          • rose

            what is your google account

      • KeeAisha

        Uhmm i let my sister see my phone she try to do my code locked up my phone and i forgot my gmail account what do i do ?

        • Pradeep Neela

          just enter into the recovery mode and wipe the data!

          • deja

            how do you wipe the data

          • cheil

            how to do it?:(

          • jazz

            how to wipe data

          • Pradeep Neela

            you can from your recovery mode!


        hell yea nigga

      • riz

        hello brother yeah i forget my samsung galaxy note pattern lock nothing is open on my mobile and plz help me wat should i do

      • wajeeh

        i forgrt mt htc pattern how can i open tha cell phone