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Recover Android Device in case of Forgot password/pattern unlock an Android device

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How can I get into my Android phone. forgot my pin #?

Have an older model Samsung Android from cricket. on #175. never asked for my Gmail info.

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If the phone did not ask for an email and password. This means that you need to reset the phone instead back to factory settings, which will delete: Audio, Videos, Photos, Themes, PDF files, documents, Applications and anything else you have on the phone, but will also give you access to the phone again.

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I am not sure which model of Samsung phone that you have from cricket. You can try this generic reset of a Samsung phone to unlock it back and start from scratch to get all the data back on your phone.

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Here is how to:

1. Completely off the phone by taking the battery out or press and hold power and select turn off.

2. Press and hold volume up then the home button and power button.

3. Once you feel a vibration, let go to the finger that is holding the power button and wait for an Android menu to come up on screen. If there is no vibration on the phone, keep on holding those buttons for 20 seconds or till you see the menu screen.

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4. On the menu screen, select the Wipe data and reset.

5. Select on yes to Start and wait until it is done resetting.

6. After the reset, go back to the menu

7. select on reboot for the phone to restart and you phone will now like a brand new without all the the said data.

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Android Phone (named with ZTE) is locked?

My Android Phone is locked an it is asking to sign in with my Google account , But I didn't have Google account to sign in? So how could I unlock my Android Phone?

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You can in fact unlock your device by using the Hard Reset button combination on your device so that you can successfully regain entry back to your device. Simply follow the steps that I will lay out below so that you will be able to gain access back to your device.

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Here are the steps, along with a video after them, on performing the steps to Hard Reset your device:

1. Power off your device

2. Hold volume up + power button

3. Upon holding these buttons you will be taken to a boot menu

4. Release the buttons

5. Use the volume key to highlight Factory Reset/data wipe

6. Press the power button to make the selection

7. Now your device will begin to Hard Reset itself

Here is a video on how to Hard Reset your specific devices brand of ZTE Android phones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_QYSUfCTZU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-279BZd5lFo

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How do I unlock my Android when I've forgotten my unlock pattern without erasing all my contacts?

I've had to change it several times before and I can't remember the pattern I set last night. And the email I'm entering for my Google account isn't working so I'm guessing it's different from my Gmail.

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I've also encountered that problem before. I forgot which account I was using on my device and I ended up having to do a Hard Reset in order to get access to it again. Unfortunately, when you Hard Reset you lose all data and you will still have to locate your email in order to login after that, but hard resetting your device will get you past your problem with not remembering the pattern.

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So, Locate which email address you used before performing the reset for you are going to lose all of your contacts and then do this to perform a Hard Reset:

-Power off device

-Hold power + volume up key

-Release on boot menu

-Use the volume keys to highlight Factory Reset/wipe data

-Press the power button to make the selection

-After the reset occurs use your volume keys to highlight reboot device

-Press the power button to reboot your device with the new settings

I have forgotten my pattern. I cannot open it. How can I bring it back to its normal way?

I have my pattern because my fellow classmates are always borrowing it, so I enter my pattern for my security and now I can't open it because I have forgotten it.

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LG flex..unlock code got entered wrong multiple times?

Unlock code was entered wrong multiple times, forgot backup pin, forgot which email and password is linked to phone, do NOT want to factory reset due to personal files I CANNOT lose

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I'm using HTC one x and I locked my phone with the pattern lock but now I forgot the pattern so I am unable to unlock it please tell me how to unlock it. Forgot patterns or forgot password doesn't appear on my phone. What do I do, I don't want to lose all my data

To many pattern attempts and my internet is not on to use my Google account. I have tried: Using my password. I think it was caused by: My internet is not on

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My GS3 has a broken unresponsive black screen, won't power on now?

I need to log into the boost account to swap phones, but the lady locked my phone out by inputting the wrong password then hit reset pin. So I need to somehow figure out if it will let me log in after a few hours with my pin, or is it stuck with a new reset pin?

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I accidentally locked my Android phone?

I was tracking it online on Android device manager and accidentally pressed lock and erase what do I do next if I did not want any of my stuff to be erased or phone locked?

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How can I factory reset ZTE N9500, its locked, too many attempts with wrong pattern?

The phone turns on and the screen says that it is locked due to too many attempts of entering the pattern and when I try to reset phone by holding the power bottom and the up button a picture comes up after the Android shows up and it is a picture of the letters FTM

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"Forget password" option is not appearing on my phone's screen?

Forget password option is not appearing on my phone's screen. I mean I couldn't see any "forget password" option to select. What should I do now?!

This could be because you haven't reached the maximum limit of entering an incorrect password. On most Android phones, this limit is set to five attempts, but sometimes it doesn't work, and you need to Factory Reset. If you don't have this option, try to enter the wrong password twenty times (that's the max it could be by default), and then follow the steps below to unlock it:

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  1. 1
    Tap on the 'Forgot password?' option.
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    Enter your Gmail address and password, which you use on your phone.
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    Follow the steps provided by Google.
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    Once you finish those steps, you can enter a new password for your Android phone, and unlock it.
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    Your phone should be now unlocked.
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Alternatively, you can learn more about other methods of unlocking an Android device by reading our main article. You can click on the title of this page or the link below the article summary to reach this page.

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I forgot my password and can't get into my ZTE AWE virgin phone?

It doesn't give me the option to use my e-mail and I have guessed incorrectly 30 times. I tried doing the Factory Reset but my phone just went to a black screen with a white box that says FTM. I really don't want to loose all my pictures and contacts. please help!

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How can I reset the pattern of ZTE blade?

The ZTE blade touchscreen is secured with a pattern lock, I forgot the backup code and how to draw a pattern. I tried to unlock it but it is only giving me the option that no photo was selected. what can I do from there?

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I was wondering, how can I get back into my Samsung Galaxy Rush without having to do a factory reset?

I forgot my pin and I've literally tried a hundred times to get back in and I don't want to have to do a factory reset, I'll basically lose everything

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I have a Cricket Android phone that is locking me out because of too many pattern codes and I forgot the backup pin. Is there any way of unlocking the screen without losing my data?

My Cricket Android phone's screen is locked due to too many attempts and I forgot the backup pin. Is there a way to unlock the screen? I'm having a bad day

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I tried to reboot my phone and now I get a FTM white square?

I have a ZTE and I tried to reboot my phone using the power key and volume up keys and now a white square with the letter FTM appears

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Will data /factory reset erase my text messages and media on my ZTE cellphone, I go to system recovery?

How to keep my media and text messages.

All of the text messages will be erased from the one once you factory-reset it. You will only be able to keep the media that is stored on the microSD card.

  • To back up your data, press the home button, tap on "Apps", and launch Backup & Restore, which is shipped with ZTE smartphones. Now, you can back up everything, including contacts, SMS messages, call history, settings, clock, wallpapers, WLAN settings, MMS messages, calendar events, and blacklist and whitelist, to your microSD card by tapping "Back up data" under "Local". Then, check everything that you need and back up your data.
  • Alternatively, you can use SMS Backup +. To back up messages, install and launch the application, tap on "Connect", tap on "Grant access" to Gmail, and tap on "Backup". This will copy your text messages to the Gmail account.
  • To back up all of the audio, pictures, and video, connect the phone to your computer with the original USB cable. Tap on "Media device (MTP)" on the phone. On the computer, open the internal memory of the phone and copy the desired folders such as "DCIM", "Music", "Videos", etc., to you disk drive. Paste the items into the desired location on your computer. Then, you can disconnect the phone from the computer.
  • Hard-reset your phone and restore your data with Backup & Restore (tap on "Restore data" in the "Local" tab), SMS Backup + (tap on "Restore"), and move or copy back the media files from your computer to your internal memory or microSD card.
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Good evening. I am in Kenya. I purchased an Android phone Tecno P3 2 weeks ago. Yesterday evening I charged it but this morning its asking for a password protection code yet I hadn't even set one. I'm unable to use my phone now, what can I do?

My phone is asking for a protection password. I didn't set one and I am unable to use the phone..

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How do I restore my Browser default settings?

First off, I'm new at this. I have some sites in my browser that no matter what I do I just can't get rid of them. Even though I go to delete browser, and then go to settings, touch History it says "no history found". But in the same setting I touch Recent tabs and it all shows up again.

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It seems that "CLEAR BROWSING DATA" for Browsing history, cache, Cookies, site data, Search and URL suggestions just don't get it. All of the above were check marked to be cleared. PLEASE HELP!

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I have a Verizon Moto E but I switched it to BYOP Straight Talk?

Someone attempted my password trying to get in my phone and it erased my entire phone. When I try to reset it, it goes back to phone activation to Verizon, they can't help me. My phone is currently cut off but I used it for email and hangouts to make calls, can you help me activate my Straight Talk. I have tried: I called Verizon and Straight Talk. I think it was caused by: 2 many attempts on password erased data

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