By Chekwas Ojike / FeaturedMobile & tablet Tips / / 99 Comments

Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet

Do you want to format your Android phone or Android Tablet using the hard reset method?
Some of the things that will make you format your device this way includes:

  1. If the device owner forgot the unlock pattern or pin of his/her Android phone.
    Once you forget this code, you cannot access the contents of your device unless the unlock screen gets out of the way. The last recommended solution to this is to wipe the data of your phone without accessing the menu. Note that this will erase all your personal files, info and apps in the phone storage. You will only regain this if you earlier on backed up your phone on your local drive or Google account. This procedure will leave your SD card untouched.
  2. How to unlock Android device Pattern/Pin
    How to unlock Android device Pattern/Pin
  3. If you want to free system memory.
    Formatting of device and a manual re-installation of apps will remarkably yield free memory for use.

         4. If you forgot your Google Account credentials or your phone’s data is not turned on:
Google gives any one that forgot the phone’s unlock pattern or password a chance to remotely unlock it by signing in to his Google account that is connected to the PlayStore App on the device. You can not connect to this account if you’ve forgotten your login credentials or you remember it but your phone data is off!

       5.Restore phone to factory setting.
This is needful if you want to sell your phone or if a change in a system file made your phone to malfunction.

HOW TO FORMAT/HARD RESET A LOCKED ANDROID PHONE.

Its simple. Many Android phone makers gives a specific guideline on this but in the absence of such, generally you:

1. Switch off the device

2. Hold the POWER key together with at least the down volume key to power the phone and start the resetting process.

3. A command-like window with sometimes a green text appears

4. Use the up/down volume keys to scroll screen and use the Power key to select.

5. Select WIPE DATA and the phone reboots after some few minutes to clear and reset your device memory.

If the above guide doesn’t work for your device, then we certainly must revisit point number 2. Note that this is because some Android versions like Gingerbread and dear old Froyo 2.2 will not go with the typical Hard reset method outlined above. Also most recent Samsung Galaxy smartphones may need another slight alteration in point number 2.

Alternatively try this for #2…

i. Power your device while simultaneously holding the Up and Down volume screen. Hold until blue screen appears

ii. If the above doesn’t work, try holding the Up volume key + Power key + Home key especially for Samsung Android smartphones.

iii. Some phones are so tricky, try this out yourself, try holding the up volume key or the down volume key or both together with the power key until the blue screen comes up!

There is really no one specified method that works for all Android devices!

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99 Comments

  • mehtab siddiqui

    good

  • mrityunjay kumar

    thank u thank u thank u very much
    u just save me from my mom
    thanks a lot
    this is awesome!

  • joahna

    i can’t understand the steps ..

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Am sorry you didn’t get this.

    can you tell the phone you use?

  • sanjeev

    how to format galaxy s2 when home key is not working ?
    thanks in adv

  • sanjeev

    can v format any android with using command with mmc

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Yes you can do this without your mmc inserted.

  • Victory

    waow ! You are really a genuise thanks a lot GOD bless you real good……….. oooo amen once again thank you.

  • nobil

    once i get to reboot, my power key does not allow me to select. what to do now?

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Use the volume keys to scroll up and down and touch to select

  • abhay

    how can we open an andriod fone without forgetting lock pattern. gionee

  • larry

    have bein tryin to format ma android tecno d5 bt coudnt access it pless can sum1 put mi tru

  • larry

    my power key cant select d reboot and ma screen touch also wat else can i do

  • obinna

    how can i format/unlock my samsung galaxy y pro GT-B5512 after been locked for too many pattern drawled?

  • zainuddin

    already try to format my Sharp aquos phone like advise. but cannot.
    please advise

  • victor

    likewise me too

  • victor

    pls help me out i have tried the power and volume pattern but itsnot working

  • victor

    pls i ve tried dat but not working

  • Reedwan

    Me too I’ve been trying to do the same for my android tecno n3

  • fola

    Pls how can I unlock my techno F7 when d screen is locked and d pattern is not working.my data connection is not active when d screen was locked.

  • donche

    for how long will i wait.1hour or 30mins

  • ogwo

    how do i unlock my techno p3 phone after enter series of unlock pattern code

  • Kwame

    Pls how can I unlock my tecno n7 when de screen is locked and the pattern is not working and I also don’t won’t to lose my contacts

  • esbosto banda

    forgot my unlock pattern
    please help

  • esbosto banda

    i forgot my unlock pattern .im using a gionee smart phone.please help to unlock

  • ABSAD

    Please How to unlocked/reset techno D3

  • Anis

    why there is no WIDE DATA in the selection???help plzzzz…

  • jekathish

    Im having an Taiwan made “Anderon” tablet ,in pattern lock so many attempts,next move to the Google mail Acct verification mode,default WiFi- Off mode ,its not workout ,then try factory Hard Reset button ,its not workout ,then try vol up & down buttons & power on keys not workout ,download the SDK bundle & ADB files via USB cable ,my system identify my tablet as a External drive only ,not a device ,so i again try to find the updatedevice driver for my tablet is not found ,how can unlock my pattern lock,pl help me ?

  • ibrahim Shaibu juju

    my android n3 is requesting google account due to too many pattern attempt by my friend pls hw do I unlock it bcos I don’t wnt to loose any of my program,files n data

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Hello Ibrahim, Its simple, enter your Google account details that is your Gmail and password, this will unlock your device without any loss of data.

  • Chekwas Ojike

    1. Switch off the device
    2. Hold the POWER key together with at least the down volume key to power the phone and start the resetting process.
    3. A command-like window with sometimes a green text appears
    4. Use the up/down arrow key to scroll screen and use the Power key to select.
    5. Select WIPE DATA and the phone reboots after some few minutes to

  • Chekwas Ojike

    1. Switch off the device
    2. Hold the POWER key together with at least the down volume key to power the phone and start the resetting process.
    3. A command-like window with sometimes a green text appears
    4. Use the up/down arrow key to scroll screen and use the Power key to select.
    5. Select WIPE DATA and the phone reboots after some few minutes to

  • ogoke

    Thank you very much. You have done well

  • ogoke

    Thank you very much. You have done well. Thank u hleping unlock my tecno d3

  • rokib

    hw do i unlock mai android which i cnt remeba mai gmail account

  • Chekwas Ojike

    The hard reset method listed above will unlock your Android but wipe your data off

  • eun

    thank bro it worked for me

  • Abelite

    thank u so very much for this tutorial,i just used it in unlocking my sister’s tecno phone,she has been so worried.Thank u once more

  • babe

    Please for how long does a reboot take am using a techno q1 and mine has been rebooting for over an hour now should I remove the batter dont know what to do please help am worried and I just bought it

  • Chekwas Ojike

    hi, it shouldn’t take that long. It takes some minutes to finalise. Wait for it and little longer then you consider reinserting your battery

  • Tonia

    Thanks a million @Ojike it worked you saved my day

  • prudence

    pls, how do i unlock my tecno D3 phone. I switched off the phone and when i held the turn-off key together with the volume key, the factory mode came out: version, full test, item test, clear flash and reboot. but none could be selected by the off key. What do i do next. THANKS.

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Hold the buttons as directed in the post. It works for D3

  • Dammy

    good day, i appreciate your initial info posted above but i follow the instructions accordingly but the final stage were i need to confirm yes/no if i actually want to wipe all user data, and i select the yes option but is not always responding.

    please what do u think i need to do again because i remember my gmail user name and account but the challenge i have was that both data connect and Wifi were switch off if not, i would have prefer to loggin through my email and password.

  • Dammy

    my phone name is infinix eagle race

    good day, i appreciate your initial info posted above but i follow the instructions accordingly but the final stage were i need to confirm yes/no if i actually want to wipe all user data, and i select the yes option but is not always responding. please what do u think i need to do again because i remember my gmail user name and account but the challenge i have was that both data connect and Wifi were switch off if not, i would have prefer to loggin through my email and password.

  • \MIKE

    pls how do i unlock my infinix x260 android phone? someone mistakenly entered the wrong pattern more than needed and they are asking me to sign in with my google account but sadly i have not activated my google account with the phone. how do i go about it?

  • Chekwas Ojike

    remove your battery and try again, it will work

  • ajobiewe

    please should i remove the memory card before rebooting the phone

  • JOY

    pls help me i used the hardreset method to unlock my technop3 but it desplay this message, NEW SIM INSERT AND UNDER IT IS SETTING/ CANSEL, I USED THE POWER BUTTON TO SELECT SETTING. BUT IT HAS NOT WORK.WHAT DO I DO NEXT

  • ugo

    i sent you an earlier message about my race eagle but no response

  • Chekwas Ojike

    You can kindly post your inquiry again

  • Hussein

    am sorry my tecno p3 just shows me tecno on the screen and it isn’t progressing.what can i do?

  • davie ngush

    thanks .it realy worked for tecno P3

  • Piyush gupta

    Thanks it really works

  • funto

    pls does it works for a samsung phone

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Yes it does work on Samsung Android phones

  • anil

    i have a gionee g3 a ndroid … how can i unblock my mobile device .. he asked me gmail i forgot my email

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Follow the guide in the main post

  • Jenish

    I have gionee p2 but i dont want to loose data. mob is pattern locked. what can i do.

  • joem

    tnx a million tnx

  • IKECHI

    Thanks alot……..I followed your instruction on how to unlock Andriod phones and I successed to unlock mine…….keep it up….more grease to your elbow.

  • Mahesh

    Thank you Very Much !
    It worked for my mobile !
    May god bless you ! 🙂

  • Mahesh

    Thank you very much !
    It worked for mobile !
    May God Bless You ! 🙂

  • Chekwas Ojike

    You’re welcome!

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Then try to login in to your Google account after several failed attempts. This will work if your data is turned on

  • umar

    I have try to reset my tecno m3 but the language not understand to select (wipe data), assistance is needed pls.

  • Chekwas Ojike

    You can take it to Tecno office, their Chinese reps should have taught them the option to select when hard resetting shows Chinese texts.

  • victor toju

    how to format or unlock a passwold pattern locked android phone

  • stanley

    please oo, i nid your helpz. My phone tecno D5 made in china, i forgot the pattern and the google account i used, but av tried all what you posted above, it shows only ”system test” i click on it but its only showing me on how to test everything on my phone. Pls what can i do? Can you tell me anyway to do that by flashing it using computer pls i need your help…

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Hello Stanley, can you give more detail on what your phone said after you tried the hard reset button? This guide works on many Tecno D5 phones.

  • stanley

    its just testing the speakers, bluetooth, i can only see testing stuffs not reset or something. Pls help me.

  • stanley

    its just testing the speakers, bluetooth, i can only see testing stuffs not reset or something. Pls help me. I think it need to be flashed by pc. Its adroid 2.3 nt 4.O or so

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Ok, power the phone while holding the up and down volume keys simultaneously

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Tell me if it worked, I have also updated the main post, you can check out the appendage after #5 above

  • stanley

    still the same thing,i dont know what to di

  • Chekwas Ojike

    This tutorial has worked for so many phones including Tecno P5, make sure you are holding the buttons at same time, good luck

  • EhhOsmanKering

    How about G-Fone ? o.O i can’t do it bro . This phone is one hell of problem -,- this model is : G1315

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Any Android OS especially from 4.0

  • Akinwumi brave

    hav try dis unlockin system 4 my techno L3 is really work,God bless u.

  • Adekunle

    Thnks alot guys .. its really work on my samsung galaxy ..

  • daniel

    still can’t work cus my phone is china type.what sld i do?

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Daniel, is your phone Android and which OS version is it?

  • pj

    after all that procedure my phone cannot highlight ( factory used)

  • kwami

    i have tried it but am at factory mode but there is no clear data, however there is reboot, clear eMMC, test report and other test

  • kwami

    i mean what should i select?

  • amos bara

    my techno mobile m3s is outgoing calls disable and to activate is asking for password which I don’t know. what can I do?

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Go to your call settings and try to restore every setting you’ve made to its factory default

  • chike

    please what if is in chinese

  • dorcas

    my infinixrace eagle has bin locked due to the pattern mis entry..how do i reset it now

  • Chijindu

    A boy picked my phone and locked it up by drawing wrong patterns severally, how may I unlock it

  • prince

    pls jst help i dnt have moni nw my p3 does nt have volume botton

  • Chekwas Ojike

    It should have a volume key right at the right side of the phone

  • Andrew

    my tecno h5 sends me more than one message when am chatting through sms…please help

  • Chekwas Ojike

    Try to explain more what you mean by ‘sends more than one message’

  • onyedikachukwu

    i wnt to hard reset my tecno m3 but wat it displayd is in china language

  • mark

    pls how do i unlock my GML ONE mini CE 0168 phone.i switched off the phone holdin the power on button key together with the up volume key,the spreadtrum factory test,full phone test,view phone test result,item test,BT EuT,ctp calibrate and Exit.what will i do about it now.pls i need a reply now.

  • eelhayat

    my itel inote android was tempered my ma child try all unlock stratigies but fails to work.

  • Poppy

    Being unlocked means being able to insert any SIM card of the mobile company and get the signal.
    1 can do so seeing as there are numerous ways
    how you can not will depend on one carrier in a single country.

    Anyone who wishes to unlock iPhone iOS 8.

  • CHINWIKE .E

    am using itel 1401. i have tried all the methods to erase my phone but it will only show me an android logo with red triangle on top of the logo. pls wat else should i do to unlock my phone. i need answers now pls

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