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What to Do if You Forget Your Android Phone Password

by on January 26, 2023
in Tips & How-Tos, Phones and Mobile, Cell Phones, Tech 101 :: 175 comments

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Updated on 1/26/2023 with current instructions for resetting phones and a new screenshot

If you forget your Android lock screen password, is there a way to unlock your phone? The short answer is no – you will have to factory reset your device to be able to use your phone again. And because all recent versions of Android encrypt the data on your phone by default, there is no way to recover any photos, contacts, or other data that you haven’t backed up to your Google account; they will be gone forever after the reset. However, at least your phone will be unlocked, and you’ll be able to use it again.

Hand holding phone showing a Wrong Pin notification

There are two ways to factory reset an Android phone if you’ve forgotten the password and can’t get past the lock screen. The first is to use Google’s Find My Device, which allows you to erase your phone online remotely. If you don’t have Find My Device turned on (it should be on by default), you’ll have to use the second method, Android’s “Recovery Mode.”

It’s critical to note that resetting your phone through either of these methods will require you to know your Google account and password that was used to set up the phone. If you don’t have this information, the device will be permanently locked. This security measure is in place to prevent thieves from using your device after factory resetting it.

How to reset your Android phone through Find My Device

  1. Go to If you’re not already, sign into the Google account that is the main profile on your device. And if you have more than one device, select the phone you want to erase at the top left of the screen.
  2. Select "Erase device."
  3. Click the "Erase device" button.
  4. Follow the steps to set up your phone again – note that you will need to verify the Google account information you originally used to set up the phone in order to proceed with setting up the device.

Google Find My Device screenshot showing a map with the location of a Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and the option to Play Sound, Secure Device, and Erase Device.

How to reset your Android phone through Recovery Mode

The steps to enter Recovery Mode varies by manufacturer, but I’ll provide instructions for the major ones below.

How to reset stock Android phones (Google Pixel phones):

  1. Hold down the Power button to power off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Power and Volume down buttons for 10 to 15 seconds.
  3. Use the Volume up and Volume down buttons to navigate through the menu options until you get to "Recovery Mode," then press the Power Button to select it.
  4. You’ll see the words No command.
  5. Press and hold the Power button, then press the Volume up button.
  6. A new menu will pop up. Use the Volume buttons to scroll to "Wipe data/factory reset" and use the Power button to select it.
  7. Use the volume buttons to scroll to "Factory data reset" and press the Power button to select it.
  8. When the reset is finished, you'll see "Data wipe complete." Using the volume buttons, scroll to and select "Reboot system now" and use the Power button to select it.

How to reset HTC phones:

  1. Hold down the Power button to power off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume down button, then press the Power button (for some HTC models, it's the volume up button).
  3. Continue to hold the Volume button until you see a menu.
  4. Use the Volume buttons to select "Factory reset" and use the Power button to select it.
  5. If you are prompted to confirm the factory rest, use the Volume buttons to select "Yes" and press the Power button to select.

How to reset Huawei phones:

  1. Hold down the Power button to power off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons until your phone goes into Recovery mode. (If your phone doesn't have physical volume buttons, press the Power button five times after the phone vibrates while powering on.)
  3. Use the Volume buttons or touchscreen to select the option to clear data. If you're using the buttons, use the Power button to select it.
  4. Use the Volume buttons to select "restore your device to its factory settings" and use the Power button to select it.
  5. Once your phone is restored to factory settings, you'll see the Recovery screen. Select the option to restart your device.

How to reset Motorola phones:

  1. Hold down the Power button to power off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power button.
  3. When the boot menu appears, use the Volume buttons to scroll to "Recovery Mode" and use the Power button to select it.
  4. Select "Factory data reset" using the volume buttons and press the Power button to select it.
  5. Select "Reboot system now" and press the Power button.

How to reset Samsung phones:

  1. Power down your phone by waiting for it to run out of battery. (You can't power down your phone when it's locked without inputting your password.)
  2. For Samsung phones without a Home button or separate Power button (such as the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21, Note10, Note20, Fold, and Z Flip), press and hold the Volume up button and side buttons until you feel the device vibrate and you see the Samsung logo. For Samsung phones with a separate Power button (Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10), press and hold the Volume up button, Power button, and Bixby button until your phone vibrates and goes into Recovery mode. For Samsung phones with a physical Home button (including the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7), Press and hold the Volume up, Home, and Power buttons until your phone vibrates, and then release just the Power button.
  3. A screen with the recovery menu will appear. When you see this, release the remaining buttons.
  4. Use the Volume buttons to highlight 'Wipe data/factory reset.' Press the Power button to select. Press the Power button again to select "Yes," "Yes - delete all user data," or "Factory data reset."

    Note: Samsung reports that for some devices running Android 11, you will need to connect your phone to power via USB to go into recovery mode.

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Pattern Lock

From Mal Benn on September 13, 2022 :: 7:54 am

I have my sons (deceased) mobile and ive managed to get his photos and videos off it and onto mine. I’ve also managed to factory reset it but it’s left the pattern lock on it, is there a way to remove it…Samsung A12


Forgotten Docomo Arrows pattern

From Lawrence on October 04, 2022 :: 4:32 am

Hello there some help please
I have totally forgotten my Pattern on my docomo and again failed to do a hard reset most especially on the no command display that’s where I totally stop.


Thank you!

From Max on October 11, 2022 :: 10:15 am

Thank you so much! You saved me from buing new phone.



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From Sboniso Lamula on October 19, 2022 :: 8:14 am

Hy I’m sboniso and my sister passed away so I wanna unlock her phone and I don’t know the password and the Google account can you please help me


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From Mariah Mulholland on November 23, 2022 :: 5:08 pm

this was very useful and informative thank you so much.


IPhone pass code locked

From Joey Culver on December 04, 2022 :: 3:26 am

I have a new iPhone I forgot my passcode and honestly somebody put all their information in it so I need to factory reset it


not this

From wh1te_tr4sh on December 18, 2022 :: 12:32 pm

bruh, thats idiotic. wanna recover my phone not erase all of this stuff


Factory Reset

From Taylor Johnson on December 24, 2022 :: 12:34 am

I found a Track phone model view 3 along a highway this summer. To reset it I actually had to use the power and volume up buttons but it appears to be permanently locked. I Googled the phone number and tried using the name linked to the Google search. Still locked. Should I just toss it?


Need help

From Matthew lacombe on December 28, 2022 :: 11:42 pm

Have a Motorola phone that someone has factory reset it and I got it back but don’t remember Google account info I used to set it up originally as I have had several accounts over the years.


From Darlene Fisher on January 15, 2023 :: 11:27 pm

I followed the instructions volume up and power button with phone off and then with it on and both ways bring up a black screen saying ” select boot mode: ( volume up to select , volume down is ok)
(Recovery mode)
(Normal mode)
I select recovery mode then volume down for ok and it just takes me right back to a locked main screen. What am I missing or doing wrong? I’m getting so aggravated! Please help me


factory reset needed info from before the reset

From Franklin on January 16, 2023 :: 8:28 pm

so my phone had been locked for awhile and I just tried factory reset it needed info from before the reset but why thats the info I was trying to remove so so I put something i wanted on there (my new email) but it declined and said it needed my Gmail from before so it did not reset because it had info from before.



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Samsung Reset says "no command"

From Very Sad Person on January 23, 2023 :: 10:17 pm

I am trying to reset my umx samsung because i forgot my pin but when i get the screen it shows a dead android guy saying “no command” what do i do


unlock a android a20 reset factory

From dre on February 11, 2023 :: 10:11 pm

my android has a password cant get in trying to power off phone but says need password battery is 11% need help to factory reset


How to get back in to my LG Stylo 5

From Victoria sowell on February 18, 2023 :: 4:20 pm

My boyfriend factory reset my phone an when he did I didn’t have my Google account information an now I can’t get in to it at all or recover the account or email an password at all how can I bypass this to get my phone back



From Ahmed Fawzy on February 21, 2023 :: 9:24 am

Ok I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, I have a Samsung A52 5G and I forgot the pin, I followed all the steps and nothing happens, I do have the Google account used to setup the phone but it dosent ask me for it, I’m sorry if this is the wrong place for this its just really frustrating and I don’t know what to do.


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From john goiye on March 09, 2023 :: 11:46 am

I had wiko U10 modle.i foget my password it was locked for 6 months am unable to unlock the password. I will follow the step which I learn from you,if its is working I will inform you soon.


Resto any phone

From Gibon Mtete on March 18, 2023 :: 4:10 pm

How to resto



From Crystal on March 19, 2023 :: 9:19 pm

i can’t remember my password for a maxwest phone can you please help me


no command

From norman hill on March 26, 2023 :: 2:00 am

I have Motog7 and forgot code. Followed your directions but when I press RECOVERY MODE I get this picture of a turbine?? and the message is
Suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?


Cloned fone

From Crim little on May 09, 2023 :: 12:57 pm

My fone has been cloned and I want to know how I could get the person turned in cause they stole my identity and tried to put some sick stuff on my phone. I would like to turn them in and where they were hacking my fone plus I want to know if I could track the IP address


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