How To Unlock Android Phone Pattern Lock Without Losing Data

Pattern unlock is one of the best security option available for Android users. The problem arises when you forgot pattern to unlock the Android device. The problem is common for the most of the Android users when they accidentally set up a pattern lock and forgot after setting up. Sometimes after many wrong attempts, the device gets locked for permanently. This could be a headache to unlock the Android device, we are here to solve such kind of accidental situation without harming your device or without losing data.

Most of the people go for “Reset” option after they forgot how to unlock. But the Reset option leads to complete data loss, your apps, downloads, personal data and everything you are using in your device will be lost. Reset option is advisable only new mobile users, if they reset device they nothing have to lose in a new Android device.

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How To Unlock Android Phone Pattern Lock Without Losing Data

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How to unlock Android pattern lock without factory reset

This guides helpful for those who don’t want to lose their data in the unlocking process. This process doesn’t require any internet connection or Gmail account to unlock Android phone pattern. Steps involve ADB tool requirement, and also, your device needs to be USB Debugging enabled. In most of the Android device USB, Debugging is enabled via Settings > Applications > Developer Options.

1.Now connect your locked Android device to your computer using original USB cable.

2.Open cmd (command prompt) and copy paste the code displayed below.

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

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Using Google account for unlocking Android Pattern Lock

After continuous five unsuccessful wrong pattern attempts the device pop ups a message with “next” and “try again” buttons.

1.Here click on “Next” button and you see two options for the unlocking phone. One answers the security question and the second option is to enter Google account details.

2.Security Question is rarely used by people if you have an answer for your security question the unlocking pattern is very simple. After answering security questions, the device successfully unlocks. If you don’t have any security question and answer go with Google Option and click on the “next” button.

3.Now enter your Google account username and password connected with your device and click on “Sign in”.

4.After entering Google Account credentials now, you can choose a new pattern.

Unlocking Android Phone Pattern Using Reset Option (It loses all your data)

For those who prefer factory reset option here is the process.

  • Switch off your Android phone.
  • Now press and hold “Volume up + Home Key + Power Button” until the phone boots. For some mobiles if they don’t have physical Home button use Volume Up+ Power Button
  • After pressing the button, the bootloader screen appears. It looks like similar to DOS screen in computers.
  • Use the volume key to move up and down then scroll down to “Restore Factory Defaults” option.
  • After clicking on the settings, now scroll down to “Reboot System Now ” and wait for your phone to reboot.

Other Alternatives to the Android Pattern Lock

It is always advisable to remember the pattern before applying pattern lock to Android. Luckily we have great alternatives to the Android pattern lock to proved good security. Here are the some best apps to provide security to your Android device.

Rahul is the Editor-in-Chief at Thetechhacker, PhoneSetter and TheWearableNews. After realizing an obsession with technology, he left his job career to write about technology.
2 Comments
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    Jitender May 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Thanks admin for this awesome and useful article. I tested it and I found it’s really working for me. I want more articles related to this to improve my skills. Really this is an awesome blog I found on google ever.
    Best Regards.

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