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

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How can I unlock my Tablet PC if it is locked and cannot remember Gmail?

My Tablet is locked, can't remember Gmail account and no WiFi access and off debugging

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You can try to recover your Gmail account info through Google's recovery process here:

https://www.google.com/accounts/recovery

If you were able to recover your account info, I would suggest you try to log in and use a free WiFi service from a nearby Starbucks or McDonalds.

If you are not able to recover your Gmail account, you'll have to find a Hard Reset method or flash a firmware on top of the existing one to restore it to factory settings. Find out your Tablet's brand and model number then check the manufacturer's website for the reset method or firmware download.

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If you are not able to recall your Gmail account and your Tablet does not have WiFi access nor the debugging is not being enabled on your Tablet. The only way that you can is to set the Tablet back to factory settings, unfortunately all of the data you have in the internal storage will be back to factory settings and some of the applications and contents might be left behind since the SD card will be un affected by the reset.

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Having the device back to default values may be different by the brand of the device you owned. Some manufacturer build a reset button on the device which you need to poke it only by using a pin or anything that is small that will fit in the hole. Another way also to some manufacturer is by using a PC Program for you to perform re-installation of the firmware which is equivalent to factory settings. One last thing is the generic way of Factory Reset, this is for you to access the Android recovery to have the device revert to factory settings. The generic way of reset is by pressing buttons on the device then select wipe data or reset and wait till it is completed.

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Here is an example of a generic way to reset an Android device:

1. Turn off the device first. 2. Press and hold any of the following to which you have on the device: Volume Up + Power

Volume Down + Power

Volume Up + Home Button + Power

Volume Down + Home Button + Power

Continue holding the buttons until you feel a vibration then let go of the power button only or after 15 to 20 seconds let go of the buttons. At some cases, once you have an Android logo on your screen you need to let go to all those buttons then Press the buttons again to have the recovery on screen again. For you to navigate in the UI (User Interface) use the volume buttons and home or the power to select. 3. Look for the Wipe Data or Reset then select it and YES to start 4. Wait till it is completed and go back to the first menu 5. Select on reboot to refresh the

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If you do not want to take the risk of resetting the Tablet to factory then you need to try and recall what was your pattern or password to unlock it's home screen. The steps for the reset is your last resort, meaning if you cannot recall what it was then do the reset.

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My daughters HTC tablet is locked and I cannot remember what Gmail address I used?

She had a swipe pass-code but it is now asking for a 4 digit one and I cannot remember the Gmail address I used

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How to unlock my tablet by doing the second option?

I did the other option, by rebooting, but tab got stuck. An image of Android is only appearing. I can't find the selection to choose if I want to recover or reboot.

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Bought this tablet off swap & sell, so I don't know too much about tablet....how do I unlock it...and change time on clock? Thanks daniel?

Time is wrong, need to put in correct time

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

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