How to Use Google Android Device Manager to Unlock?

You’ve probably heard of the Android device manager and how you can use it to find, lock or erase your mobile device if it gets lost. But did you know that you can also use it to unlock your device when you’ve forgotten your pin or password?

If you didn’t, then it’s your lucky day. You’ll understand what Android Device Manager (ADM) is and how you can use it to unlock your phone. In addition, we’ve also included another solution you can use if ADM doesn’t work for you.

Part 1. What is Android Device Manager?

Android Device Manager, aka Find My Device, is an Android feature developed by Google to help you manage your phone remotely. Just like Apple’s Find My iPhone, you can use ADM to track, lock and erase your Android phone remotely.

Enabling ADM is as easy as adding a Google account to your device. As soon as you sign in, it will be automatically enabled.

1.1 What Can You Do With Android Device Manager?

Play sound

You can ring your phone at full volume, even if it was on silent when you lost it.

Secure device

You can use ADM to lock your phone and leave a message and phone number to help someone reach you. Furthermore, you can also use a temporary password to lock the device if it didn’t have one when you lost it.

Erase device

Completely and permanently erase all data on your mobile phone. After this, you may have to enter your Google account password.

Warning: You won’t be able to track your phone after you erase it. 

1.2 Requirements for Using Android Device Manager

Before you use your phone to unlock, lock or erase your Android phone:

  1. The phone must be switched on
  2. A Google account should have been signed in to.
  3. The phone should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or mobile data
  4. The location feature should be turned on
  5. Find My Device should be enabled
  6. The phone should be visible on Google Play.

1.3 How to Enable Android Device Manager

Step 1: Enable Find My Device. You can do this by going to Settings > Find My Device, Settings > Security & Location, or Settings > Google > Security. Turn on Find My Device.

google security android device manager

Step 2: Enable location by going to Settings > Location, then turn on location.

Part 2. How to Use Android Device Manager to Unlock

If you have enabled Android Device Manager on your mobile device, you can use the steps below to unlock your device without losing data if you have forgotten your password.

Step 1: Log into Android Device Manager from a computer or another phone.

Step 2: Select the locked device if there’s more than one device

Step 3: Click the Lock option to create a temporary password to unlock your phone without losing data.


Part 3. Android Device Manager Didn’t Work? Try Tenorshare 4uKey

Maybe you forgot to enable Device Manager before you got locked out, and now you can’t unlock your phone using Android Device Manager. If that’s the case, then consider using Tenorshare 4uKey.

This fantastic tool comes with detailed on-screen instructions to help you unlock your Android phone in minutes. In addition, 4uKey is cross-platform (supports both Windows and Mac), so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues.

Guide to Unlock

Step 1: Download and install 4uKey on your computer.

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Step 2: Connect your phone to the computer, launch 4uKey, then wait for it to detect your phone.

Step 3: Click the Remove Screen Lock > Start option on the home screen.

Step 4: confirm you want to erase the device on the popup screen that appears.

Step 5: Follow the on-screen instructions to put your phone into recovery mode.

That’s it. Your phone will be unlocked when it restarts.

Editor’s Comment

Android Device Manager is a great tool for ensuring your data is safe when your phone is lost or stolen. I hope you now have an idea of what Android device manager is and how you can use it to unlock your device.

Alternative tools like Tenorshare 4uKey are great options if the Android device manager doesn’t work. Finally, always remember to back up your phone before using any tool to unlock it.

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About the Author

Darren is an Apple Certified Independent Technician with a passion for researching all aspects of phone locks, including Activation Lock, carrier lock, screen lock, FRP lock, and more. With years of experience in the mobile phone industry, Darren has become a leading authority in his field and has been a sought-after consultant for individuals and businesses seeking to unlock their devices.

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