Universal Unlock Pattern for Android Without Losing Data

People lock their phones for various reasons; to avoid distractions, to prevent kids from playing with them, etc., but the number reason is always for privacy reasons. The need to lock our phones has never been stronger.

The need for privacy has led most people to lock their screens using complicated passwords or patterns, which they forget after a while.

The problem is unlocking your phone without losing data. That’s the topic for today.

We’re going to show you everything about the universal unlock pattern for android.

Part 1. Universal Unlock Pattern for Android Phones Unlock (Free)

Technically, no single unlock pattern to unlock all Android phones exist. However, there are some patterns that are used by quite a good number of people.

We tend to go for easy screen lock patterns that are easy to remember and fast to input, but this also makes us predictable. Common unlock patterns are easy to guess, especially if someone knows where to start.

The screenshot below shows some of the commonly used Android unlock.

universal unlock pattern

Quick summary of screen lock patterns

As you can see, the above screen lock patterns are pretty common. The following pattern trends can be attributed to the above patterns:

  • 44% of mobile phone owners have their screen lock begin from the top-left.
  • 77% of screen lock patterns begin from one of the corners.
  • More than 10% of screen lock patterns resemble an alphabet. The owner’s initials are a common choice.
  • Most patterns cover five nodes, while a good number cover four.

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Part 3. How to Unlock Android Phones Without Data Loss

We value the data stored in our mobile phones, hence the need for a solution that will not cause data loss. Guessing the screen lock pattern is an option, but that would take ages even if you were to get it right.

Some phone brands allow you to set a backup pin that you can use to unlock your phone when you have forgotten your password, but when that is not an option, you have to look for a fast method that won’t lead to data loss. Read on!

1. Unlock Android Phone Via Android Debug Bride (ADB) Command

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a command-line programming tool you can utilize to communicate and debug an Android device like a mobile phone.

With ADB, you can control your Android via USB, copy and move files, install and uninstall apps, run command line instructions, etc.

ADB requires some tech knowledge plus skills, so brush them up before you use this method or consult a professional.

Steps To Unlock Android Phone Via ADB

Step 1: Download the Android SDK platform to your computer.

Step 2: Unzip the file’s contents into a folder.

Step 3: Launch the ADB tool by navigating to the extracted folder, then holding down the Shift key + right click. Click on Open PowerShell window here or Open Command Window on Windows 11.

open powershell window

Step 4: Connect your phone to the PC using a compatible USB cable.

Step 5: Type the command adb devices on in the PowerShell window and hit Enter to confirm if your phone has been recognized.

Step 6: If you see a string of values displayed in the PowerShell window as shown below, proceed to step 7; else, repeat steps 4 and 5.

powershell list device

Step 7: Next, put your phone into Clockwork Mod Recovery by pressing and holding the Power button, Home, and Volume Up/ Down keys together.

clockwork mode recovery

Step 8: Enter the command below to back up all the data on the phone.

adb pull / data /media / clockworkmod / backup ~ / Desktop /Android-up

Step 9: Enter the command below to finalize the process.

adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key

If done right, your phone should now display the “swipe to unlock screen”.

2. Unlock Android Phone Via Safe Mode

Safe mode is an operating system feature that allows you to troubleshoot performance issues. If you have ever installed a bad application, then you know how it affects the phone’s performance and how frustrating uninstalling it can get.

You can solve such issues by loading your phone into safe mode. In safe mode, the OS will only load the crucial files it needs to run. The bad app will not be loaded, allowing you to delete it.

In addition to fixing such issues, you can also use safe mode to unlock your phone. The steps below explain how to unlock your phone via safe mode.

Step 1: Reboot your phone to safe mode. The steps may vary depending on the phone brand, but the common steps are:

android phone safe mode

  • While the device is still on, press and hold down the power key.
  • Press the Power key in the pop-up menu.
  • Tap and hold Power off until Reboot to safe mode prompt is displayed.
  • Tap OK to restart the phone in safe mode.

Step 2: Disable the screen lock app.

Step 3: Restart the phone to exit safe mode.

3. Unlock Android Phone Via Forgot Pattern

This is a simple method that can be used by anyone. However, it only works with Android phones running on Android 4.4 or lower.

If you have forgotten your unlock pattern, check if your phone provides this option. To use this method, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Enter the wrong pattern until you see the Forgot Pattern? Message appears on the screen.

forgot pattern android

Step 2: Tap the Forgot Pattern?, followed by Enter > Google account details.

Step 3: Key in your Google Account details, then tap Sign in.

Step 4: Next, tap Screen lock > Screen lock from None, Slide, Pattern, PIN and Password to set a new screen lock.

Your phone should return to the home screen after this.

4. Unlock Android Via Google Find My Device

Google Find My Device is a feature that comes with most phones and is usually enabled by default. This feature can track, lock, and unlock your phone.

This solution works only if your Google account was signed before the phone got locked. To unlock your phone using Google Find My Device, turn it on, then follow the below steps.

Step 1: Access Google Android Device Manager

Step 2: Click Lock.


Step 3: Enter a temporary password to lock your phone.


Step 4: Use the temporary password to unlock your phone.

5. Samsung Find My Mobile

If you own a Samsung device, then this is the service to use. This free unlocks tool is specifically built to unlock Samsung devices only. Its functionality is similar to Google Find my Device; it allows you to remotely track, lock, unlock, and erase the phone, among other things.

However, Samsung Find My Mobile will only work if “Remote Controls” is enabled on your phone.

The steps below explain how to use Samsung Find My Mobile to unlock your phone.

Step 1: Go to the Find My Mobile page and log in to your Samsung account.

Step 2: Click Unlock.

samsung find my mobile unlock

Step 3: Confirm Unlock on the pop-up screen.

samsung find my mobile unlock confirm

Step 4: Enter your Samsung account password, then complete the Captcha.

samsung find my mobile unlock enter password

Step 5: Finally, tap Unlock, then enter your Samsung account password for confirmation.

samsung find my mobile unlock complete

6. Unlock Android Phone Using Aroma File Manager.

Sometimes the official methods fail to work, and you are left wondering what professional tool to use. If you are looking for a 3rd party professional tool, try Aroma File Manager.

Aroma file manager is an Android file manager app that you can use to access and manage files when the phone is in recovery mode.

With Aroma File Manager, you can:

  • You can recover deleted files such as APK and system files from any android device.
  • Remove the screen pattern lock by deleting the pattern lock file through recovery mode.
  • Restore Android backup from the recovery mode.

If the above methods didn’t work for you, follow the steps below to unlock your Android phone using Aroma File Manager for free.


  • Computer
  • Memory card

Steps to Unlocking Your Phone Using Aroma File Manager

Step 1: Download Aroma File Manager on your computer.

Step 2: Insert your memory card into your computer, then copy the Aroma File Manager zip file.

Step 3: Restart your phone into recovery mode by turning off the phone, then pressing Vol up + home button simultaneously for some time.

Step 4: In the recovery mode screen, scroll to apply the update from external storage using the Vol up and down buttons.

Step 5: Next, select the Aroma File Manager zip file you had copied. The file will be flashed on the phone.

Step 6: Recovery mode will be opened with Aroma File Manager when the device restarts. Go to Settings > Automount all devices on start. Restart the phone.

Step 7: In Aroma File Manager again, go to directory data > system. Delete the files listed below if they exist, then restart the phone again.

  • gesture.key (pattern) / password.key (password)
  • locksettings.db
  • locksettings.db-shm
  • locksettings.db-wal
  • signature.key
  • sparepassword.key

Step 8: When the phone restarts, it will still be locked. Don’t worry; just gesture any pattern, and the screen will be unlocked.


As you have seen, factory resetting the phone is not the only solution to unlocking your phone when you have forgotten your screen lock pattern.

There are better solutions that will not cause any data loss, and no risk of Google FRP lock if the phone runs on the latest Android OS versions.

Leave a comment in the comments section if you found the methods useful, and remember to use a unique pattern. Don’t be predictable.

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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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