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Unlock Android phone after too many pattern attempts

In the FAQ category: Unlock Android phone that is locked after too many pattern attempts. I've seen the question so many times in the Google Mobile Help Forum that I felt that a post could help someone out.
Pattern lock

The pattern lock screen (in Swedish)

On Android phones you can activate a feature called pattern lock. This feature can be compared to a Windows computer asking for password after the screen saver kicked in, only instead of a password you use a pattern. You get a screen with 9 dots and you draw a pattern of your choice with 4 of them. If you forget your pattern (or have kids that likes to play with phones) you will after 3 faulty attempts be unable to use the pattern to unlock it. Instead you are asked for your Google account and password (that is setup with the phone of course). This is where the problem starts.

For many, many users providing the username and password won’t change a thing. For some people changing the password via a computer has worked but that is uncommon. Most people ends up with a very expensive paperweight. Have no fear, there are solutions to almost everything!


Google has a decent article on how to regain access to your account here:
That will still not solve everything but start there and then go through the bullets below.
Some workarounds to try before reading ahead:
1. try entering null as password. (together with your google username)
2. try entering your username without
3. Combine 1 and 2
4. Call yourself from another phone, answer, without hanging up press the home button, then menu button, settings, try to disable pattern-lock
5. Call yourself from another phone, answer, hang-up, directly after hanging up start pressing your buttons like a madman for <30-60 seconds ending with your home button (might take a while to get the timing right). Go into settings and disable pattern-lock.
6.  Try the normal recover password routine from and start over from 1.
7. Perform a factory reset. YOU WILL LOOSE all not-synced DATA (SD card will be left untouched).
1-6 are possible workarounds, these doesn't work for everyone but can be worth a try to avoid factory reset. 6. is what should work but hardly never does. 7 - The factory reset always work

End Update

In this case the solution is to make a factory reset (sometimes referred to as hard reset or wipe). This will erase all data on your phone (not on your SD-card). Your contacts and mails should be in sync with the Google servers, no problem there then. Downloaded applications needs to be installed again but there is a list of your previous downloads in the Android Market->My Downloads. Other things though are lost if you haven’t backed them up manually with a 3-rd party application. Example on things you will lose: Call logs, text messages, application settings.

This is your 3 step solution

  1. Factory reset your phone (links to Android device manuals can be found below, it differs between devices)
  2. Setup your phone just like you did the first time you unpacked it (use the same Google Account if you want your old contacts back!)
  3. Restore any manual back-ups and install your previous applications from the My Downloads list.

How do I factory reset? HTC leads the way and put this information in their manuals, other manufacturers should learn from this!

Dear readers, as much as I would love to keep a directory on how to factory reset every single Android device out there, it's just not possible. Use your rights as a customer, go back to the store and ask them to help you factory reset your device!

HTC Hero manual:

HTC Magic (a.k.a. My Touch) manual:

HTC Tattoo manual:

HTC ERIS manual: or:

  1. With the phone turned off, PRESS and HOLD Volume down and Send buttons CALL buttons (the manual says SEND and with that they obviously mean Call)
  2. Press the END/POWER button. You will see a screen with three Androids at the bottom of your screen
  3. Follow on screen instructions

Samsung Galaxy (note old Galaxy i7500, Galaxy S further down):
1. Turn off your Galaxy.
2. Hold volume_down+call+power button.
3. After boot, press menu button to start recovering.

Motorola Droid (a.k.a. Milestone): 1. Turn the Droid off. If it won’t turn off, take the battery out then place it back in.
2. Open the keyboard and press the X key while pressing and holding Power. The device will power on. Keep holding the buttons down until a yellow triangle appers.

3. Press the Camera and Volume Up buttons at the same time to get to the menu.
4. Use the direction pad to the right of the keyboard to select the Format option.

Nexus One:
1. Turn the phone off. If it’s frozen in the on state, pull the battery.
2. Press and hold both the Home and Back buttons simultaneously.
3. While continuing to hold the buttons, press the Power button.
4. Release Home and Back.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the hard reset.

T-Mobile Pulse
If you want to do a Hard Reset but can't do it through the menu, please use the update from T-Mobile UK website: T-Mobile - Help & Support

But use the file from the "Android updates" section and the following piece:
November 2009: T-Mobile Pulse software

This software update should be used ONLY when your T-Mobile Pulse has been security locked and you do not have a valid password.

  1. If you right-click on your mouse here and select the "Save target as.." option - it should take about 2 minutes to download depending on your internet connection speed.
    PLEASE NOTE: Installing this update will remove all existing data on your T-Mobile Pulse.
  2. Then in your pc format the SD card. then copy the folder dload to your new formatted SD card. So the folder with the two files will be on there.
  3. Insert your SD card in the phone
  4. Then when your phone is off, do the following:
    Vol + key & "hang up button" - keep them both together pushed and then turn on the phone. Then the update will start automatically. Once the update is finished it might hang to long in the "phone will restart automatically". If so, take out the battery again and turn the phone on normally. then it all will go as normal.
  5. Once the update is done, you will have to configure your phone again, which also means you can choose the language again.

T-Mobile Pulse instructions from "inge75" in the Android forums.

Sony Ericsson X10 -mini, pro etcetera

  1. Go to:
  2. Click the support tab and then Download Software
  3. Download the Update Service application
  4. Run the application as administrator, choose your model and follow the instructions.

Sprint (Samsung) Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy S

  1. With your phone turned off. Pull the battery out and reinsert it if needed.
  2. Press and Hold "Volume Down" button
  3. Press and Release the "Power" button (while still holding "Volume Down"
  4. Your phone should now boot to a menu where you can choose Fastboot, Recovery, Clear Storage, or Simlock
  5. Select Clear Storage by pressing the "Volume Down" button
  6. Press the "Power" button
  7. Confirm your decision with "Volume up" (Cancel with "Volume down")

Motorola (Nextel) i1 - Now confirmed, working!

  1. Make sure your device is turned off, pull the battery if needed
  2. Push and hold: "Volume Up" + "Volume Down" + "Call" + "Center button", press "Power"

Micromax A25, A54, A57, A60  and A89 (confirmed)

  1.  Press and hold volume up + home button and power on/off shows the android logo
  2.  press home button one time
  3. Entering android system recovery mode… use volume key to select wipe data/factory reset

LG Nexus 4

  1. Make sure your device is turned off, pull the battery if needed
  2. Push and hold: "Volume Down" + "Power"
  3. Push "Volume Down" twice and then select with "Power" taking you to the Recovery menu.
  4. Follow the instructions in the recovery menu and make your way to Wipe data/Factory reset

Carbon Android A2

  1. Turn off your phone
  2. Push and hold [Volume up]+[Volume down]+[Power]
  3. Follow the instructions to get into Recovery mode and then choose Factory reset.

This is information I gathered from both here and there, manuals and end users. The usual suspects: Swedroid, Android forums, xda-developers and knowyourcell

Comments (1250) Trackbacks (25)
  1. hi i hav q mobile a4 i have forgot its secure pattern and also forgot google account please help

  2. my Micromax canvas HD phone pattern locked . give ideas to unlock it . network also not connect if i try to open it use gmail account via. i try that reboot method pattern screen not comes. Need ideas…….

  3. my gionee p3 phone pattern locked . give ideas to unlock it . network also not connect if i try to open it use gmail account via. i try that reboot method pattern screen not comes. Need ideas…….


  5. sir my mobile phone not working my mobile model no a27
    micromax andriod so plz halp me sir

  6. sir please help me , my htc explore a310e has been locked my ph no 8757898419


  8. I forgot pattern lock & email passwords of G’Five Bladex F600…How can I do hard reset, please if u anybody have idea then share me….

  9. sir my micromax a 35 lock please give me soluation

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  12. please give me my username and password

  13. My Samsung Y duio lite phone is locked for too many pattern attempt. It internet is also disable. SO how to unlock without loosing phone contacts?

  14. hi i tried to unlock my boost phone using patterns and had too many attempts that it said sign in to goole using my google account but it keep saying invalid username or password but i know my username or password is not invalid because i tried logging in using other phones and it worked… any suggestion that might help????

  15. Thanks a ton!
    It unlocked with factory reset.

  16. i have my urbano progreso from japan cdma kyy04 and it was locked after i attempted too many lock paterns,i tried to press volume down with power off but i won’t work,ohh please im hopeless and i viewed many videos but i never seen a video my my phone model…pls help me

  17. hi, my kids were playing on my phone,now I couldn’t open it afta I enter too many patterns, can you help me please

  18. now how to process further if i got yellow its showing downlaoding….. do not turn off target

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  20. i have HTC Desire S and its been locked due to too many pattern attempts by one of my friend and now it is demanding User(Email) Password. When i enter Email PAssword its says its incorrect now whats should i have to do plzzzzzz Help me m emberessed too much

  21. I cant unlock my fone cos I forgot my goggle account username password I use homechoice s5 apollo

  22. I can not unlock my goggle account becouse i forgot username and password I use home choice S5 apollo

  23. my karbon a5 phone sreenlock is blocked how can open it pls

  24. hi my karbon a5 phone screen lock is blocked so pls give me the answer

  25. Hi There
    I have a Samsung Gio GT-S5660

    My son played with phone ,now it asking for a username and password.
    I dont remember any of that. Can you please help me to get my phone back on.

  26. i have a blu dash an my sister locked it on the pattern lock an i try everyting but the google ting keeps sayin its invalid some one plz help me

  27. Please help mr on how I can reboot my factoty reset data Huwai Y300 0151 locked with to many pattern attemp and with off/deactive wi-fi and dataconnection mode. thanks hear from you!

  28. I purchased my Karbonn A6 android phone last year and is working fine until recently, my nephew tinkered with the unlock pattern and it was eventually locked asking for my gmail acct username and password.

    When I tried to input my username and password, it was not accepted since the wi-fi mode was switched off. Also, since USB Debugging was disabled by default, I could not use any unlocking software to reset my phone.

    I also tried the volume up + power key and all I got is a triangle with an exclamation point within over a phone. When I press and hold the down + power key, it just brought me to a phone test menu.

    Using a USB cable connected to a computer, it would not even install the drivers of the phone nor recognize the device. I tried all available workaround I could find through the web but nothing works.

    If anybody who knows another work around, it is much appreciated… Looking forward to any solution to my predicament. Thanks in advance.

  29. how can i open my chery mobile phone .?? I hinehinge an account at Google ..i forgot my email and password ..plss help me asap..

  30. ajay i had the same problem did u get a solution

  31. ajay did u gt a solution to ur problem

  32. I formated my HTC verizond phon. Then missed from my phon messeg option . Pleas help me dear

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