Being locked out on your own device is really frustrating especially if you don’t know a way to unlock it. People around you usually want to tinker with your smartphone without your consent and that’s when things start to go bad. Fortunately, I was able to discover a way to unlock an android device even if the password of the Gmail account was forgotten. Hit the break and I’ll tell you how!

First of all, I would like to let you know that I’m not sure if this will work well on other android devices. We all know that there are different android versions out there and one can be significantly different from another. Since they have different softwares installed, it’s kinda hard to predict if it will work. Anyway, there’s no harm in trying, right?

But before I tell you how I was able to do it, I’d like to share the small story first. The locked device was actually not mine and I was just asked to unlock the android device for my girlfriend. She told me that she was asleep when her brother tried to unlock it because he wanted to play Temple Run 2 on the android phone. Due to his persistence in guessing the pattern password, it was locked out cold. The next day I called her, she told me what happened and I was okay with it because I already know a solution for it – root the device then install ClockWorkMod recovery so I can wipe the data and start it again from scratch (stock recovery is a no go). However, as soon as I sat down to fix it, I realized the problem. I cannot install ClockWorkMod without moving around the phone because some steps require it. It hit me, I was left without a clue on how to do it. I don’t want to use ADB and other complicated methods anymore as I’m afraid I might do more harm with it.


After a while, I remembered a tip that I read before that I can somehow access the homescreen by doing a trick. I read this before when I was searching for some information regarding on how to unlock android devices when the user have forgotten their email password because a lot of people have been asking me about this on our Link2SD tutorial. So this is where it all started and it’s the reason why I figured out how to bypass the android lockscreen even without the email password.

*Note: The device that I had success with is an android phone running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. We’re not sure if this will work on other versions but you should give it a try.

Tutorial: How to Unlock Android Device if you forgot the Pattern and Email Password

  • The first thing I did was to tap the ‘Emergency Call’ button and ‘Home Button’ alternately and as fast as possible. This way, you’ll be able to enter the homescreen for a while but you need to be alert to get this one because it’ll happen in the middle of your tapping of the emergency and home button. My tip is to slow down occasionally because you can catch it by doing that.
  • The moment I first reached the homescreen, I was locked out again when I tried to open the app drawer and other apps. So I tried to do the trick again and this time I swiped down the notification area and clicked on the ‘Settings’ which allowed me to enter it. Since I already know that I can’t do much inside the Settings, I immediately think of a good move.
  • I switched on the Wi-Fi and synced the attached Gmail account in hopes that it would grab the new password that I will be putting on it. I was able to put a new password because I have a recovery email with it which lets me do a password recovery anytime. If you don’t have one, you’ll be asked with your own security questions that you need to fill up and after that you can type a new password that’ll be used in your Gmail account. If you don’t remember the answer, I’m afraid you need to look somewhere else.
  • From there, I tried to enter the new password in the lockscreen of the android phone that’s connected to Wi-Fi and voila! It suprisingly worked! I managed to unlock the android phone without the forgotten pattern and email password!

So there, that’s our guide on how I did it. We all know that this thing is quite a task to do, and I was just lucky enough to find a solution. A pattern lock for an android phone is not a bad thing but always be sure to keep it out of kids (and friends) who want to play with your device. Well, that’s about it and I hope you find our guide on how to unlock your android phone/tablet useful.

As always, you can leave questions below but I won’t guarantee you that I’ll be able to help because we might have a different case. Also, if any of you have tips on how to unlock android lockscreen when you forgot the pattern and password, let’s all dish them out in the comments section so we can help people fix their handsets.

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  • my a818 was locked an i forgot my password,, should i bring this to the cellphone repair shop to unlock it?…

    • tomas

      power off then hold power and volume up until a recovery console appears.. then wipe cache.. then your set…

      • Jenny

        Does that delete everything?

  • Andy

    dude too complicated, why not go to the recovery area and wipe the cache? the “cache” holds the information about passwords. the “wipe data” is satill useful but all of your data on the phone will be gone.

  • jenna friesen

    This is soooooo close to working!!!! Gahhhhhh! Help! The home screen constantly flashes but never stays on ;(((

  • Umar Sid

    Hi friends…

    To resolve this problem, i fortunately got a for sure trick, all you need to do is factory reset.

    Following are the steps you have to follow to do this:-

    1. Switch off your Phone or Tab.

    2. now you have to put on volume up.

    3. You will enter into menu option.

    5.Select Wipe data with Factory reset from settings.

    After doing this if the problem is not resolved then you should contact to the service center to do this…

    • Thanks for the tip but this will erase all the data on your device. The purpose of this article is to try to find a workaround without needing to wipe your device and preserve your data.

      • Umar Sid

        On that menu, you can restore your phone using SD card also.

    • shark21

      tnx poh friend sa tips mo,,successful ung gnwa ko,,na reformat nga lang pero uk lang un atleast naoopen kona ung cp ko,,tnx again :)

    • kelly

      how to open ocean mini i forgot my password
      how to reset sir plz help me

  • Ramil Enot

    i need help my cp myphone A848 duo hindi mka downlod..pag nag downlod ka palagi nag lowding lang hndi mka pasok

  • morris viva

    hi im morris i cant open my cherry mobile flare because of so many pattern atemp
    what am i going to do please i need your help
    hope your promt reply thank you

  • arlynalbior

    saaamin din na lock

  • arlynalbior

    tablet ZH&K

  • joann

    my torque one tv was locked i dont konw how to unlock the wipe data doesnt wrok.:(

  • Babu

    my alcatel fire c mobile is pin locked. how can i unlock it?

    • jonjie dela cruz

      was this resolved?

  • Vince Lomosad

    bakit poh bah nag ka ganito ang cherry cruize ko . kakalagay ko lng ng pin code sa phone ko kahapon. bat ngayun di ko ma open?? tama naman yung nilagay ko na pin code ,,, bat mag pin incorrect???? pano poh bah 2 i hard reset???…

  • jonjie dela cruz

    Guys sino may alam papanu i unloock ang screen ng myphone rio. It ask for a pin pero di naman pin anf passcode ko eh kundi pattern. Now I’m stuck. please help

  • Arizuka Tamoshikurinkika

    how to resolve my O+8.3 android phone i forgott my password.. and when i reset and erase all the data it needs my pass pls… help me tnx

  • aelixe

    Can you show a video of it?