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How to unlock your phone if you forgot its pattern (Samsung, HTC or Sony)


A huge amount of people who use running under Android OS modern gadgets face the problem of locking their devices after forgetting their unlock patterns.

There are several ways of how you can unlock your smartphone:

  • Confirming the Google account connected to your gadget;
  • Performing Hard Reset and rolling back to factory settings.

Further we're going to take a closer look at each method of cracking the lock screen. All the described methods are likely to be successfully used on devices running under any version of Android operating system.

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Resetting the pattern: via standard method

This method will only work if you remember your Google account credentials and your smartphone is connected to any network (via WiFi or mobile network). 

How to bypass your phone lock screen, if you forgot the pattern:

  1. Enter any pattern on your smartphone until the device displays a message stating that too many attempts to enter the password have been made.
  2. You'll see "Forgot Pattern?" on the lock screen. If it doesn't appear, continue entering the wrong password.
  3. Tap the link and go to the account verification window.
  4. You'll be required to enter the username and password for the Google account connected to your smartphone.
  5. If all data is entered correctly, the system will prompt you to enter a new pattern for unlocking the device.

This unlocking method won't work if you can't remember the data of the account or you haven't configured it after purchasing the phone. The way out in such case is to perform a Full Reset of your smartphone (tablet), i.e. to roll it back to factory settings

The main disadvantage of this method is the loss of all private data and every app installed on the gadget. However, you can create a backup copy and transfer your files to a memory card (Hard Reset won't affect it). 

Tip. Many phone manufacturers release PC software for syncing smartphones with computers. Via it you can back up data stored in the memory of your device (phone numbers, text messages, notes, photos, music and other). After resetting, restarting the device and connecting it to a PC, all data can be re-downloaded to the phone.

Before disabling the pattern lock via Factory Reset, make sure that:

  • A memory card is removed from the gadget (there is a small risk of the loss of information stored there);
  • Your smartphone is charged for at least 60% (otherwise, you might get a "brick" instead of your phone after the reset).

Resetting a pattern lock on Samsung

  1. Turn off your smartphone by holding the Power button for a long period of time;
  2. When turning your device on hold a certain key combination (we'll list them for specific models below);
  3. After the engineering menu appears, select the reset using the Volume Up/Down buttons item.

If you've performed everything in the right way, your phone will be rolled back to its factory settings; not only the pattern will be removed, but also all the settings and personal data will be erased.

The list of commands for different models:

  • Galaxy S3. Home + Volume Down + Power buttons.
  • Galaxy S2. Power + Volume Up buttons.
  • Galaxy Mini. Home + Power buttons.
  • Galaxy Ace Plus S7500. Volume Up and Down + Power + Home buttons.

If your device hasn't been listed, give a try to each combination in order to remove the unlock pattern.


The steps for bypassing the lock pattern are no different from the described above method for Samsung phones, and you'll only have to hold other key combinations:

  • Press the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously.

As we've already mentioned above, make sure to charge your battery in order to reduce the probability of the gadget failure before performing any actions.


In order to enter the engineering menu on Sony, use the key combinations listed above in the previous two methods. If your smartphone or tablet is running under Android version 2.3 or higher, you can perform a Full Reset using the desktop program called Xperia Companion:

  1. Download the program on your PC;
  2. Connect your phone to a PC via a USB cable;
  3. Follow the instructions for performing a Full Reset.

NB! If important data is stored on your memory card, make sure to remove it from the phone before performing a Hard Reset.

The unlock pattern on other Android smartphones is removed in a similar way. Difficulties may arise with Chinese devices of unknown brands. Most often, resetting the settings and installed unlock pattern is carried out on the following principle:

  1. Enter the wrong phone pattern until you're alerted that you have 9 attempts left;
  2. Continue to enter it for 9 more times;
  3. Your smartphone will restart automatically, then the reset will be performed and your device will be rolled back to its factory state.

If the above mentioned methods of bypassing the unlock pattern aren't helpful, contact a service center.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.