Lock and Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5's Screen Using the Fingerprint Scanner

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Hi, you're watching a video on VisiHow. We're going to show you how to set up fingerprint security on your Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Steps

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    To start with, if you're not already on your phone, you're going to want to press the power button on the side.
    Swipe across your lock screen to access your phone.
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    Following that, press the 'Home' button if you're not already on your home screen.
    Currently, we are on our home screen, so we don't have to do that.
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    Start off by pressing the 'Apps' button.
    When you tap the 'Apps' button, that's going to open up the applications menu.
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    Once you're in the applications menu, you're going to look for 'Settings', which is a gear icon.
    Tap that one time, and that's going to open up our settings menu. Now I'm filming it on its side so that this is easier for you to see, as I'm swiping my fingerprints in the register there. Otherwise, we would have it upright.
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    So, to get started, tap on 'Finger Scanner', right here.
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    Finger Scanner is going to let us register and manage our fingerprints, and then we'll be able to choose the screen lock that we're going to have, and we can also verify our Samsung account if we choose to.
    We can also change our alternative password. So, let's start with registering our fingerprints.
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    Let's go back just so I can show you again.
    I've now gone to my main screen; I've tapped on 'Apps'. Next, I've tapped on 'Settings'. Under the settings, in 'Quick Settings', I've found 'Finger Scanner'. I've tapped on 'Finger Scanner', and now I'm going to tap on 'Fingerprint manager' one time.
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    That's going to bring up a window that tells me, "In order for fingerprint recognition to function, your fingerprint information needs to be registered and stored in your device." So, once that's done, and it's registered, I will have the option to use my fingerprint for fingerprint lock, or to verify my Samsung account.
    Now this is important, because you can simply set up the lock; however, this way you've got your fingerprints registered and then you can use them. So this is actually the best way to set this up for your device. So, this is fine with me. I don't need to see this again, but I'm going to leave it unchecked because I may make another tutorial later. For you, just tap 'Do not show again' and then click OK.
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    Now the device is going to tell us we need to slide our finger downward over the 'Home' key, and we need to repeat this a total of eight times.
    So, I'm going to slide my finger over this key a total of eight times. As I'm doing this, I'm trying to put my finger on a slightly different angle, moving it a little to the side as you see how my hand is turning as I do this. The reason for this is because sometimes my finger might not be in the exact position. So, that's my index finger; now that finger is registered there.
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    Now, I can enter a password to use as an alternative to my fingerprint.
    Another important thing is later, if you set up a VPN or other account, you're going to need an alternative password setting that's going to come up. That password needs to be at least six characters, and one of them has to be a number, so it's always a good idea to try and pick something with some numbers in it. So let's pick something easy, and not something we'll forget. I entered "VisiHow15". Now, click 'Continue'.
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    It's going to ask me to do it again, so let's do that one more time.
    Now, you can click 'Done' or OK. I'm going to go ahead and tap on OK.
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    Now my fingerprints have been registered.
    I can tap OK to set fingerprint as the screen lock type. So I'm just going to go ahead and tap OK. So now my screen lock is set to fingerprint.
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    Now all I have to do is press the button to lock my screen, and now when I press it to unlock it, it's going to give me the option to slide my fingerprint across, or use my alternative password or make an emergency call.
    So what I should do is just slide that finger across there. It's recognized, and now we're in the device, so I can press the 'Home' button to get back to my home screen.
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    If you want to change your fingerprints, you simply go back to the 'Apps' option, back to 'Settings', back to 'Finger Scanner', and tap on 'Fingerprint Manager' again.
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    We're going to go ahead and use our fingerprint to slide across here, but we could also use an alternative password.
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    We can register up to three fingerprints.
    That was Fingerprint 1. Let's tap the 'Plus' sign, and we're going to register another finger.
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    This is just the same screen we discussed earlier.
    We're going to tap on OK.
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    Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to register the finger on my left hand.
    Same procedure as before. One time straight down, then a little bit sideways, then a little bit sideways on the other side, and so on.
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    Now I've got one finger from each hand registered.
    I'm going to save this third fingerprint scan for someone else to use.
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    So, these are now both registered.
    If you have any interest in deleting them or deregistering them, it's very easy to do. You just tap these little three dots here, and you get the option to deregister one of them. And you can select one or all of them, or you can tap 'Back' if you change your mind.
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    Now that I have two registered, I can just tap on 'Fingerprint Manager' to go back, or tap my 'Back' soft key.
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    Now, I can press the 'Home' button to go home.
    I can lock my device and press the lock key again to open it. And when I want to open it, I can use my left finger or my right finger. So as you can see, I've now set up fingerprint scanning on my Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, and you can do it the same way. Thanks for using VisiHow. If you have any questions or need help with this, please let us know in the section below. And remember, don't forget that alternative password. If you do, we have a password help section you can use, which will help you get back into your device. Have a great day!
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Video: Lock and Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5's Screen Using the Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung's powerful Galaxy S5 is packed with one of the fastest processors, a fantastic camera and lots of features to help with your health. We have all the tutorials, instructions and tips on how to get the most out of your phone here: Category:All About Samsung Galaxy S5.

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First among the lines of Samsung Galaxy phones, Galaxy S5 has incorporated Fingerprint Recognition on its touch screen. This finger scanner adds a layer of security and accessibility, and at the same time, it can be used to login through your Samsung Account and make payments through Paypal. You can also use your fingerprints to unlock your device's screen. This article will discuss all the things you need to know to setup your phone to lock using the fingerprint locking technology and unlock it using your finger.

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Register Fingerprints on Samsung Galaxy S5

Before you can use Fingerprint Recognition on your device, you need to register a fingerprint on Galaxy S5. Your device can store up to a maximum of three fingerprints into it. To register a fingerprint, do these procedures:

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    Go to Galaxy S5's Home Screen.
    You can press on the Home button once or tap on the Back key repeatedly until you will get to the Home Screen.
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    From your device's Home screen, pull down the notification bar by swiping your finger from the top-most part of the screen to the lower part of it.
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    With the notification bar opened, tap on the Settings icon to get to your phone's Settings menu.
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    From the Settings Menu, tap on Finger Scanner.
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    From the Finger Scanner page, tap on Fingerprint Manager.
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    If this is the first time that you are registering a fingerprint, then proceed to the next step.
    If a fingerprint has already been registered on your device, a pop-up window will appear asking for a confirmation from the fingerprint that has already been saved. Scan your fingerprint on your Galaxy S5 and tap to continue.
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    Put a finger on the area intended for the fingerprint located on the lower-center part of your phone's screen.
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    Tap and hold on the fingerprint area then slowly drag your finger downwards until you touch the Home button.
    You will be required to do this eight (8) times. If scanning fails, repeat the procedures until eight swipes are accepted.
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    A pop-up window will appear asking for an alternative password.
    Enter the password and tap Continue to proceed. Enter the same password again to verify your password and tap on OK to confirm. This password will be used to unlock your Galaxy S5 in case your phone doesn't recognize your finger.
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    You're done registering a fingerprint on your Galaxy S5.
    A pop-up window will appear asking for a fingerprint lock. Tap on OK and choose Fingerprint. You can then use your fingerprint to unlock your device's screen.
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  • Do not bend your finger while swiping as this may make it difficult for your device to recognize your fingerprint.
  • Do not use your fingertip, as your phone will scan for the fingerprints. The device may not recognize your fingerprint if you use your finger tip.

Setup Fingerprint Lock on Samsung Galaxy S5

You can set your phone to lock and accept any registered fingerprint. To do that:

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    Go to Galaxy S5's Home Screen.
    Press on the Home button once or tap on the Back key repeatedly until you get to the Home Screen.
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    From your device's Home screen, pull-down the notification bar by swiping your finger from the top-most part of the screen to the lower part of it.
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    With the notification bar opened, tap on the Settings icon to get to your phone's Settings menu.
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    From the Settings Menu, tap on Finger Scanner.
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    From Finger Scanner, tap on Screen Lock.
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    From the list of Screen Lock, touch Fingerprint.
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    You have now successfully set your phone to be unlocked using your fingerprint.
    When your phone's screen goes off or gets locked, Galaxy S5 will ask you to swipe your finger into the fingerprint scanner to unlock it.
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Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5 Screen Using Fingerprint Recognition

When your phone is locked, you can use your fingerprint to unlock your device. To unlock your Galaxy S5 using the fingerprint detection feature, follow these procedures:

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    With your phone's screen off, press the Power button or the Home button once to light up the screen.
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    Your phone will now show the lock screen.
    You will not be able to access your device unless you use a registered fingerprint to unlock it.
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    To unlock using a registered finger, tap and hold the fingerprint area and drag your finger downwards.
    Continue dragging until you get to the Home button.
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    If it fails to detect the action, your device will ask you to swipe your finger again.
    If it's successful in recognizing the finger, it will show a Recognized message.
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    You have just successfully unlocked your phone using the fingerprint feature of Galaxy S5.
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Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure that you swipe your finger until you reach the Home button. Your device's Home button contains a fingerprint recognition sensor. Take extra care of your Home button, do not put your phone in your pocket together coins, keys or other metals as they could scratch and damage your Home button.
  • If the fingerprint recognition sensor seems to malfunction, check with the screen protector directly above it. Make sure the protector is free from scratches or other impurities.
  • The fingerprint recognition sensor will not fully recognize a finger that is wet or sweaty. Make sure you dry your finger before using this feature.
  • Static electricity can build up on your Galaxy S5 if it's in a very dry environment. If you can, do not use the fingerprint feature in this instance. If you really like to use the feature, make sure that you discharge any static electricity buildup by touching any metal object before touching your phone.

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Questions and Answers

I forgot my alternate password?

I forgot my alternate password. How do I reset it?

In order to get into your device, you are going to need to perform a Hard Reset which in fact will reset/erase all the information from your Android device. In order to help you with the process, you can follow these simply instructions below on hard resetting your Android based device:

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1. Power off your device.

2. Press and hold Power + Volume Down key.

3. Hold these two buttons until you reach the Boot menu on your device.

4. On the bottom menu, use the Volume keys to highlight the factory data Reset/Wipe option.

5. Press the Power button or Menu key in order to make the selection to perform the Hard Reset option on your device

Here is a video that you can also view on performing the Hard Reset option on your current device:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv8Qspo5HLw

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NEED TO CHANGE ME LOCK SCREEN BUT IT Won't ACCEPT MY Fingerprint & I DON KNOW THE ALTERNATE PASSWORD?

CAN I RESET MY FINGERPRINT PASSWORD W/OUT THE ALTERNATE PASSWORD?

Without knowing your Fingerprint in order to help you in gain access back onto your device, and also the alternate password you will need to perform a Hard Reset on your device. The options to Hard Reset your device are listed below. This will enable you to erase all of your information so that you can gain entry back to your device.

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Here are the steps to performing the Hard Reset:

1. Hold Volume up + Home key + Power button.

2. Once the logo appears for Samsung, release just the Power button.

3. The Android recovery screen will present itself.

4. Release all the keys.

5. Use the Volume keys to highlight Wipe Data/Factory Reset.

6. Press the Power button to begin the Hard Reset option.

7. Hit the YES button.

8. Use the Volume keys to select Delete All User Data.

9. Press the Power button to make the selection.

10. Afterward, use the Power button to select the Reboot option.

11. The device will fully reset itself.

Also you can view the video below on hard resetting your device:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv8Qspo5HLw

Without knowing the passwords to your device, unfortunately, you need to perform a Hard Reset in order to gain access back into your Samsung Galaxy S5. In order to Hard Reset the device, you will simply need to follow the instructions below:

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1. Power off your S5.

2. Hold volume up + Power + Home button.

3. Once the Boot menu appears you can release the keys.

4. On the boot menu, highlight Factory Reset/ data wipe.

5. Press the Power button to make the selection.

6. Hit yes to continue.

7. After resetting all your data, move to the Reboot option and press the Power button.

8. The device will begin to reset itself, and then reboot.

Here is a link to two videos on performing this process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqm0urB6XaU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv8Qspo5HLw

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I am unable to get my Galaxy 5S to register my fingerprint?

I go to settings, then to fingerprint, fingerprint manager, then OK on the disclaimer, then try to swipe but it does not scan the print/swipe.

You can try restarting your device. It may be responding to the scan a bit slowly, that's why it's not able to detect. Also, you need to make sure that you are placing your fingertip properly into the device. You may need to press a bit harder in order to make sure that it is being recognized.

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Can I change my fingerprint on the Samsung Galaxy S5?

Can I change my fingerprint on the Samsung Galaxy S5

No, a human fingerprint is unique to every individual, which is why it's not possible to edit or even change your fingerprint scan on your Samsung Galaxy S5. The use of biometrics on this device has been integrated for added security and convenience, especially with financial transactions online such as with PayPal. With so much fraud going on online, Samsung has made the necessary innovations to personalize and amplify security at your fingertip with the fingerprint scanner. You can gain access and lock or unlock your phone with a single swipe. In case, someone else tries to unlock your phone, he or she cannot gain access without the right fingerprint. He will be locked out from the phone and would need to key in the account password, which is an extra layer of security protection on your Samsung Galaxy S5 device.

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I put a fingerprint lock on my Galaxy S5.

I would like to go back to simply swiping the screen to unlock it, but it keeps asking for the alternative password and I don't remember it.

You have to use the alternative way to login to your account instead, by using your Google account. Once you've regained access, you have to change your login settings right away, to avoid this problem of it asking you for another login process.

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Hi. I currently have 2 fingerprint profiles on my phone, and want to delete one and add another.

When I click fingerprint manager, no plus sign shows up to allow me additional editing.

Samsung Galaxy S5 can register up to 3 fingerprint scans you can use to unlock your screen. You can delete one of your fingerprint profiles by going to:

Settings >> Finger Scanner >> Fingerprint Manager

Just choose the "Options" icon, which appears like three vertical square dots. Next, tap on the "Deregister" icon. Choose the fingerprint you want to delete from the phone and then hit "OK" to delete that registered fingerprint scan.

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Try tapping the Menu button when on the fingerprint profile section on the phone,(http://screencast.com/t/mFgIP1CKeOG) and check if there's a way to edit, or an option to delete fingerprint profiles. If there is none, simply reset the phone, (settings>backup and reset>factory data reset) and start over again. Make sure you back up your files using Samsung Kies by downloading it here:

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http://www.samsung.com/ph/support/usefulsoftware/KIES/JSP

How do I get back to the fingerprint and Gmail unlock option?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and I had the fingerprint setup for my lock screen. I was not able to verify my fingerprint and I pressed the alternative password option. I do not remember what it is, and now it is stuck on that screen. I cannot access the fingerprint screen or Gmail option to unlock, what can I do?

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Lock and erase button…will it really erase my phone?

My device manager doesn't offer a lock or erase button, but a lock AND erase button. How do I change this, because I do not want my phone erased.

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How can I disable the fingerprint scanner/alternate password option. I HATE IT!

I passed the "test" for the fingerprint scanner, now I have tried and tried and it does not recognize me as the same person. I am ill with cancer and sometimes I need to get into my phone quickly and this is just not a good option for me. I do not need high security because I rarely leave home but I AM HOME ALONE the majority of the day, so it is imperative for me to have quick access to my phone. I am aware of the emergency calling feature. I would so appreciate any assistance you could provide. Thank you very much!!

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Wrong password on my device?

I setup a password this morning on my device, but it doesn't work now. Help?

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Hi, how do I deactivate fingerprint scanner?

Deactivation of fingerprint scanner is needed

Follow these steps to deactivate your fingerprint scanner.

  • From the Home screen, touch "Apps."
  • Next, touch "Settings."
  • Scroll down to find, and then touch, "Lock screen."
  • Touch "Screen Lock."
  • Enter your alternative password.
  • Touch "Continue."
  • Touch "None" (or some different type of security).
  • Your fingerprint scanner should now be disabled.
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I need help accessing my Samsung S5 when the fingerprint scanner won't recognize me nor will it accept my alternate code.

I tried to access my cell this morning in the car. I tried multiple times until it locked me out & only wanted the alternative code. I swiped several times after wiping my finger off and it never would accept it. I can't remember my alternative pass-code. It's not accepting what I thought it was after various tries. Now I don't know how to get back in. I don't want to wipe everything off the phone by doing a Hard Reset. Should I take it to a Verizon store to help?

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I cannot answer calls without unlocking my phone.

The phone is locked with fingerprint scanner. An incoming call flashes briefly, the caller ID and accept screen, then it goes to lock screen. By the time I unlock the phone the caller has hung up. I have tried accessibility voice control, etc and no success so far.

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Can you help me confirm my pin without letters?

When I try to add a fingerprint, it asks me to confirm a pin. Assuming I used yours: there is no keyboard with letters only numbers. This is confusing me. I don't have the option to use the letters. I have tried: Everything. It shows Cancel 123 456 789 Backspace key 0 and Done.

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S5 locked out and ADM not working on my phone.

My daughter's Galaxy S5 has locked her out. She tried to change from the finger scanner to a pin. I have accessed the ADM and sent the lock request with a new password. The phone gets the signal and shows me the name I put in and says it is locked with the Android Device Manager, however there is nowhere to type in the new password. If I hit the back key or restart it, it just goes back to the pin window and it is numerical only. Any ideas?

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See more questions like this: Hi, I have a Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the screen is not responsive. It is locked and that I cannot use my phone. Please kindly take me through to have the screen unlocked to use it again.Thank you.John McKup?

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Forgot the alternative password. How can I change it without doing a Factory Reset?

My fingerprint is not recognized. I want to re-register that fingerprint, but forgot the alternative password.

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I need to know how to unlock my phone's screen?

I forgot the alternative password to unlock the screen on my Galaxy S5. I was wondering if there is a way to unlock it without doing the Factory Reset?

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There is a way to rest password without doing a Factory Reset!!!! This is done with your phone in hand, and your Gmail information.

  1. 1
    Go to (Google) Android device manager.
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  2. 2
    Enter your Gmail username and password.
    This will locate your device.
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  3. 3
    Hit Lock, not erase, as erase will do a Factory Reset.
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  4. 4
    It will give you the option to reset the password and confirm a new password.
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  5. 5
    Look at the screen on your phone.
    It give you an alarming message but do not be alarmed! Swipe home screen and enter the new password.
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