Can't unlock your Android device

If you can't unlock your phone, you'll need to erase it. Then you can set it up again and set a new screen lock. If you can't sign in to your Google Account, learn how to recover your account.

Erase your phone

Important: These options will erase all data stored on your phone, like your apps, photos, and music. Data backed up to your Google Account can be restored later.

Option 1: Erase your phone from another device

To find, lock, or erase an Android phone, that phone must:

  • Be turned on
  • Be signed in to a Google Account
  • Be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
  • Be visible on Google Play
  • Have Location turned on
  • Have Find My Device turned on

Learn how to remotely erase a phone.

Option 2: Reset your phone with its buttons

You can erase your locked phone using its power and volume buttons. To learn how to reset your specific phone this way, visit your manufacturer's support site.

Reset your pattern (Android 4.4 or lower only)

  1. After you've tried to unlock your phone multiple times, you'll see "Forgot pattern." Tap Forgot pattern.
  2. Enter the Google Account username and password you previously added to your phone.
  3. Reset your screen lock. Learn how to set a screen lock.

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