Solutions to forgotten passwords

September 08, 2015

I don’t understand how you can forget your password, for me, it just comes naturally, I hardly even look at the screen. The Galaxy S5 onwards have a fingerprint sensor, making passwords even more obsolete. But, mistakes happen, and it’s important to know your way around this.

Let Google do the work for you

Provided you had turned on Android Device Manager, and have data or Wi-Fi turned on, the workaround is very simple. Simply log in to the Android Device Manager website and you will find the option to reset the password. After resetting the password, go back to the device and set a new password and you’re set.

Desperate measures

So, you didn’t have Device Manager turned on, or the device isn’t connected to the Internet, what now? At this point, unfortunately, there’s no way to reset the device without losing all your data. You can still get your device up and running, but you will have to start afresh, sort of like a factory reset:

  1. Turn off the device, or just remove the battery
  2. Enter recovery mode by holding the ‘volume up’, ‘home’ and power buttons together. Hold these down until you feel a vibration and see the android robot
  3. In recovery mode, touchscreen won’t work, so scroll down using the volume button to the ‘wipe data’ option. Select this option using the power button
  4. Choose ‘yes’ on the next prompt and wait
  5. When complete, scroll to the ‘reboot now’ option and confirm using the power button
  6. Now you have a completely restored device

What have we learned?

Some people opt out of Android Device Manager because of privacy, which is understandable after seeing your device located so easily and accurately. On the other hand, by doing so, you find your information at risk, like in the case where you have to delete everything. You have to make the choice, therefore, keep your privacy or trade it off for the assurance of remote assistance.

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