Aside from forgetting your password, PIN, or pattern, one way to get locked out is when you or someone accidentally locks your phone using Google Find My Device. You’d know it when you see “Locked by Find My Device” on your lock screen.

While it seems a simple issue to resolve, many still don’t know how to undo and unlock their Android phones with it. Well, this article changes that.

If you are dealing with the same situation and you can’t seem to figure it out, don’t worry! In this article, we will give you an easy tutorial on Google Find My Device unlock. We will also discuss other methods that could help in case the official one doesn’t work. Read on!

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FYI: What Is Google Find My Device

Google Find My Device is a free service that is available for all Android phones. It can be used as long as it’s enabled and there’s a linked Google account on the phone. Its essential features include:

  • Remote Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Erase
  • Remote Track

With the first feature, you can secure your phone by locking it remotely in case it’s stolen. But in rare circumstances, it could be a hindrance when Google Find My Device locks your phone and you forgot the passcode. But there’s nothing to worry about, you can unlock your device the same way it’s locked, and below is the tutorial.

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Tutorial: How to Perform Google Find My Device Unlock

This is the official method to unlock Android phones locked by Google Find My Device. The conditions for this method to work are:

  • You use the Google account linked to the device
  • The phone is connected to the internet prior to it getting locked.
  • Find My Device services should be enabled.
  • Location or GPS must be turned on.

If these requirements are not met, you won’t be able to pull this off. Nevertheless, here are the steps on how to do it.

Step 1

Open a web browser on a computer or another phone. There, visit the Google Find My Device website and log in to the linked account.

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Step 2

Select the device in question. Under it, you should see a couple of remote options. Click on “Unlock/Lock”. Then, you will be asked to enter your Google account credentials and set up a new passcode.

Step 3

On your locked Android phone, enter the new passcode, The lock screen should be unlocked after that.

If it doesn’t work right away, wait for a day or two until Google updates the changes you’ve made. Then, try it again. But if you’ve missed one of the prerequisites for this method, you may try the other methods to unlock Android phones.

Alternative: What to Do Instead of Google Find My Device Unlock

Performing Google Find My Device unlock may not work sometimes, but it’s not the end for you. There are alternative routes toward unlocking your Android phone. However, the ones below are pretty drastic and involve erasing your phone’s data. If you’ve nothing to worry about and you just want quick access to the device, these will surely help.

Method 1: Hard Reset Your Phone

Even though your phone is locked, you can still reset your phone and get rid of the lock screen security. And you can do it via Recovery Mode. Booting your phone into it may vary depending on the brand, but the difference is really negligible since the buttons and options are the same.

Step 1

Shut down your phone. Then, hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time (10-15 seconds) until you see the brand’s logo.

Step 2

Wait for a few seconds for the Recovery Mode menu to show up. Then, use the Volume rocker to navigate and the Power key to confirm choices.

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Step 3

There, select Wipe Data/Factory Reset and confirm Factory Data Reset. The process will start right away. Just wait for it to finish. When it’s done, you should see “Complete” at the bottom of the screen. Then, select Reboot System Now.

After that, your phone should restart and the Google Find My Lock should be removed. Also, you may encounter Google Account Verification (FRP) or Factory Reset Protection. Just log in to the account you’re used previously to gain access.

Method 2: Unlock your Android Phone with Tenorshare 4uKey

An easier and much safer way to unlock your Android phone is through an Android Unlocker tool. One of the best apps we’ve tested is Tenorshare 4uKey, It can unlock over 6000+ Android phones, removing all screen lock features:

  • Password
  • PIN
  • Pattern
  • Face ID
  • Fingerprint
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  • Erase Pin, patterns, Fingerprints, and face recognition
  • Remove early Samsung lock screen without data loss
  • Bypass Google FRP lock on Samsung in a minute
  • Unlock 6000+ Android mobiles (up to Android 13)

For most Android brands, including new Samsung phones (S6 and up), 4uKey can remove the lock screen and reset your phone. It does come with data loss, but at least the process is safe, thanks to Auto System Detection which checks if your phone is ready. That way, you can avoid damaging it.

On the other hand, older Samsung phones such as Galaxy S5 or earlier lineups are safe from data loss. 4uKey can remove the screen lock on them without a factory reset. How cool is that?

Apart from that, this program can also help you bypass Google FRP in case you forgot your Google account after a factory reset.

How to Unlock Android Phones with 4uKey

Step 1

Hit the banner above to download and set up the program on your computer. Afterward, launch it and connect your phone via USB. Then, choose the option: Remove Screen Lock.

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Step 2

You will have two options here: Remove Screen Lock (for most Android phones) and Remove Screen Lock without Data Loss (for older Samsung phones only). Depending on your device, choose the one that works for it.

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Step 3

In this case, we will choose “Remove Screen Lock”, considering that you have a different brand of Android phone or you have a newer Samsung model. The program will detect the brand of the phone. If it’s correct, just click Start.

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In case the program failed to detect the right brand, just selectIs your phone not from this brand?” to check. Then, start the process.

Step 4

There will be a prompt on the screen with a warning that the process will erase the phone’s data. If you want to proceed, just clickYes”. Then, 4uKey will start to unlock your phone. For Samsung phones, the process is finished here.

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Step 5

If you have a different brand, you will be asked to enter the phone into Recovery Mode. There will be a series of instructions on the screen, detailing how to do it. Just follow them and reset your phone from there. After that, your phone will be unlocked.

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Conclusion

If your Android phone is locked by Google Find My Device, the easiest way to get access again is by unlocking it the same way. You can just log in using the account tied to the phone on Find My Device and you’re good to go. But if it’s ineffective, you can always unlock your phone via hard reset or Android unlocker tools like Tenorshare 4uKey.

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