Method 1: Reset A Samsung Phone That Is Locked via Recovery Mode
If you have physical access to your phone, using the Recovery Mode is the best way to reset it. The steps that we are going to show is was done on a Samsung Galaxy S21. They can be applied on newer models such as S22 and S23, though. But if your phone is of a different Samsung model or series, we suggest that you search for specific methods for it.
Nevertheless, the steps below are pretty much similar as the names of options are the same.
Turn off your Samsung phone. When completely shut down, press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together Then, release them when the Samsung logo appears on the screen.
After the Samsung logo appears, the Recovery Menu should appear shortly after. There will be a list of options there. Use the Volume Up and Down buttons to navigate through the list, and then press the power key to confirm the selection.
Select the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option. Then, confirm the action by selecting “Factory Data Reset”. After that, the phone will start the reset and you just need to wait for a few minutes.
When you see the “Data Wipe Complete”, it means the reset is complete. Proceed to Reboot System Now to turn on the phone.
That’s it! You should be able to use your phone without the forgotten lock screen PIN, password, or pattern bugging you. However, if you’ve previously registered a Google account on your Samsung phone, you may need to log in for Google Verification after the reset.
It’s necessary because there’s a feature called FRP or Factory Reset Protection that protects your phone from attempts to unlock it via reset. If you remember the account, just sign in it and you’re good to go. Otherwise, you need to bypass Google FRP.
Method 2: Reset A Samsung Phone When Locked with Find My Mobile
In case your Samsung phone was stolen and you need to remotely reset the phone and erase all the data in it, use Find My Mobile. This method works if your Samsung or Google account is linked to the phone. Otherwise, you can’t perform it.
And if you are only dealing with getting locked out of your Samsung phone, Find My Mobile can unlock it as long as the device is connected to the WIFI to apply the action.
Open a web browser on a computer, then visit the Find My Mobile webpage.
There, sign in to the Samsung/Google account that has an active session with the locked phone.
Once you successfully logged into the Find My Mobile website, you will immediately find all the linked devices to the account. Select the locked Samsung phone.
Below the Samsung device info, you can find a couple of remote control options. If your phone was stolen, choose Erase data and click Erase when the prompt appears. You may be asked to re-enter your Samsung account credentials for confirmation.
If you just forgot your password, PIN, or pattern, just select the Unlock option. Then, you will be asked to set up a new one.
Bonus: Reset A Samsung Phone That Is Locked
Sometimes, the methods above may not work due to certain conditions. If they didn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean that you can no longer unlock your Samsung phone. In fact, there’s an Android Unlock tool called Tenorshare 4uKey that allows you to get rid of any lock screen security features such as:
- Face Recognition
4uKey works by removing the lock screen security feature and helps you reset your locked Samsung phone. In fact, the program makes it easier for users to unlock and reset Android phones. Yes! If you have a Samsung phone, you don’t have to manually boot into Recovery Mode to reset the phone. 4uKey will do it for you. You only need to connect your phone and click a few buttons.
And if you have an older Samsung phone (Samsung Galaxy S5 and earlier), the program will unlock it immediately without a reset. How cool is that?