How to Unlock Android Password without Losing Data?

Most of us would set a password or pattern on our Android device to secure our data.

However, when the password or pattern is too complicated to be remembered, it will no only lock others out of your device, but also the password maker – YOUSELF!

But fear not, here is a step by step guide on how to unlock Android password without losing data.

How to Unlock Android Password without Losing Data?

There are four ways to unlock an android phone or tablet if you forgot the password without losing data.

I list the Pros & Cons at the end of each method in case you don’t know which method is suitable for you.

Method 1: Unlock Android Password without Losing Data – Google Account

You’ll need your Google Account credentials to unlock your phone with this method.

Only three steps, you’ll get into your Android device:

Step 1. Enter incorrect password or pattern for many times until you see “Forgot Pattern” option (usually appears after 5 times).

Step 2. Tap on one of the options (Forgot Pattern), you’ll be directed to a page to unlock your device.

Step 3. Sign in your Google account, then you can use your device as normal!

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Step 4. Reset a new screen lock.

Pros

  • The easiest way to unlock your Android device, you won’t lose any data!
  • No need to root your device

Cons

  • This way only works for Android devices running with Android 4.4 or lower OS.
  • Sometimes, you cannot login to your device even with the correct Google account info.

In order to ensure the security of Android system, Google has disabled the “Forgot Password” or “Forgot Pattern” option on Android 4.5 and later OS.

If your device running on a new Android OS, you’ll have to read on to find another way for your locked phone.

Method 2: Unlock Android Password without Losing Data – Android Device Manager

Like Apple’s “Find My iPhone”, Google has it’s own app to help you locate and remote wipe your lost or stolen Android device.

Of course, Android Device Manager can also help you unlock your locked device without losing data. Here is how:

Step 1. Visit https://www.google.com/android/find and sign in with your Google Account credentials.

Step 2. Choose the device you want to unlock. Now click on “Lock”.

Step 3. You’ll need to set a temporary password. Click on “Lock” again. If the process is successful, your current lock screen will be replaced with the temporary password, and you will see a confirmation with buttons: Ring, Lock and Erase.

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Step 4. Then, a password field will appear on your device screen, enter the temporary password you just set to unlock your device.

Now, your Android device will be unlocked, you’ll find all your data is still there.

Then you need to go to Settings to disable the temporary password.

Pros

  • As simple as Method 1.
  • Unlock your device without data loss
  • No need to root your device

Cons

  • The Android Device Manager must be enabled before you locked your device.
  • You device must be connected to Internet via Wi-Fi or Mobile data.
  • Only work for devices running Android 4.4 and above.
  • Many users cannot set a temporary password, they got a message says “Since Google has verified that a screen lock is already set, the password you entered won’t be needed.”

Currently, there is no way to fix “Since Google has verified that a screen lock is already set…” issue.

If you know how to bypass this issue, please feel free to let me know. I’ll update my tutorial to help more users solve this.

Method 3: Unlock Android Password without Losing Data – Lock Screen Removal Tool

There are only two software that is special designed for Android Lock Screen Removal: dr.fone – Unlock (Android), 4ukey – Unlock (Android).

I would highly recommend dr.fone – Unlock (Android), as it can remove the lock screen without losing any data.

The other thing is that it covers more models of Android phones and tablets.

Steps to Unlock Android Phones without Losing data

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Step 1. Open dr.fone and connect your phone to your computer.

Step 2. Select Unlock among all the tools.

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Step 3. Next, you’ll need to select the matched recovery package. Then click “Confirm” button.

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Step 4. Follow the instructions showed on the interface to put your device into Download mode, then click “Start” button to start downloading the recovery package.

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Step 5. When the download process is complete, it will start removing the lock screen.

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Pros

  • Unlock with the highest success rate among the four methods
  • Unlock your device without any data loss
  • Unlock without Google Account credentials
  • It doesn’t require your device to be connected to Internet
  • Support all Android OS
  • No need to root your device

Cons

  • Only support Samsung and LG devices
  • Only available for Windows computer

Method 4: Unlock via ADB (Android Debug Bridge) Commands

The last method is to unlock your phone via ADB commands.

Although it has been proved effective for both rooted and non-rooted devices. It enable a higher success rate if you device is rooted.

I think you’d better learn the limitations of this methods first:

Cons

  • It only works when when USB debugging is enabled on your Android device before you’re locked out of your device
  • It requires you to allow and trust this computer
  • You have to root your device to increase the success rate of unlock
  • If the encryption is enabled on your Android phone or tablet, it will not work
  • The steps are far more complicated compared with the others

So, what’s the advantage of this method? Well, this is the only one I can imagine:

  • It is an extremely exciting thing when you bypass the password using the most complicated methods

The steps are far more complicated compared with the others. for more details, you can refer to this.

That’s all the methods to unlock Android phone or tablet without losing data you can choose from.

Maybe you have a question about something you read.

Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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