Can you unlock an Android phone without the PIN?

Android phones can be locked with a PIN, password, pattern, or biometric methods like fingerprint or face unlock. This security feature prevents unauthorized access to your phone. However, there may be times when you need to unlock an Android device but don’t have the PIN, such as if you forgot it or got a used phone. So can you bypass the lock screen on an Android phone without knowing the PIN?

The short answer is yes, it is possible in some cases. However, the specific methods depend on your phone model, Android version, and other factors. With the right tools and techniques, you may be able to unlock your phone without resetting it to factory settings and losing data.

In this article, we’ll explore several methods to unlock Android phones without the PIN, including using Android Device Manager, bypassing the lock screen, using Android Debug Bridge (ADB), and more. We’ll also look at the risks and legality issues to consider.

Using Find My Device

One of the easiest ways to unlock an Android phone without the PIN is by using Find My Device. This is Google’s own anti-theft service that helps locate lost or stolen Android devices. Here’s how it works:


– The phone must be connected to the internet (WiFi or mobile data).
– Find My Device must have been enabled on the phone before it was locked.
– You need to log into the Google account that was previously set up on the device.

Steps to Unlock with Find My Device

1. On your computer, go to Sign into the Google account associated with the locked phone.

2. On the map, locate your device’s current or last known location. Click on the device name.

3. Select “Unlock” on the menu. This will take you to the unlocking screen.

4. If prompted, verify your identity. Google may send a code to another trusted device or phone number for confirmation.

5. Once verified, Find My Device will unlock the Android phone by removing the PIN, pattern, or password.

This method is convenient but only works if Find My Device was already enabled. It allows you to remotely unlock the phone without losing any data. However, the phone must have internet access for the command to go through.

Using Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager is the predecessor to Find My Device. It works similarly but has less features. Here are the steps to use it:


– Android Device Manager must have been enabled on the phone before it was locked.
– The phone must have internet connectivity (mobile data or WiFi).
– You need to be signed into the Google account that was previously set up on the device.


1. On your computer, go to and sign in to your Google account.

2. Locate your device on the map or list. Click on it.

3. Select “Unlock” to remove the lock screen PIN/password remotely.

4. You may need to enter your Google account password or verification code sent to another device.

5. Once identity is confirmed, Android Device Manager will unlock your phone within a few seconds over the internet.

If you never enabled Android Device Manager, this method won’t work. But for those with older Android versions, it’s worth a try if you can’t use Find My Device.

Bypassing the Lock Screen

If you have physical access to the locked Android device, there are ways to bypass the lock screen entirely. Here are some methods that may work:

Accessibility Settings

On some Android models, you can bypass the lock screen by enabling accessibility settings:

1. Turn on the phone and tap repeatedly on the screen to bring up the accessibility menu.

2. Enable the accessibility service by tapping on it.

3. Choose an accessibility action like “voice assist” and tap on the home or power button.

4. You will now be at the home screen, able to access the full device.

Emergency Call

On Android 7.0 Nougat and newer versions:

1. Bring up the emergency call screen by pressing the power button.

2. Don’t call 911. Instead swipe up to access the full home screen.

Note this only works if there are no SIM restrictions enabled.

Android Recovery Mode

You can sometimes get past the lock screen by doing a factory reset from recovery mode:

1. Turn off the phone completely.

2. Hold down the Volume Up button and Power button together until recovery mode is launched.

3. Use the volume keys to scroll and power button to select the “Wipe data” option.

4. Confirm the factory reset to erase all data and remove lock screen.

The phone will reboot unlocked, but all data is deleted.

OEM Unlocking

On some Samsung, LG and other devices:

1. Boot into download/Odin mode by holding Volume Down + Power.

2. Use a PC to connect with OEM drivers and enable OEM unlock in the bootloader menu.

3. Perform a factory reset with the bootloader unlocked to bypass security.

There are risks though, including voiding the warranty or bricking the device.

Using ADB and Fastboot Commands

For advanced users, Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and Fastboot tools offer more unlocking options. You need a Windows, Mac or Linux PC.


– Install ADB and Fastboot tools on your computer
– Enable USB debugging on the Android device before it was locked
– Connect the powered-off phone via USB cable to your PC

ADB Sideload Method

1. On the PC, open a command prompt or terminal. Enter:

adb devices

This will show connected devices in sideload/recovery mode.

2. Now sideload any file to the device with:

adb sideload

Replace with any file. This will stop the verification process and bypass the lock screen.

3. The phone may boot back to the lock screen. Just repeat the sideload process.

Fastboot Erase Method

With the phone powered off and connected via USB, enter these Fastboot commands:

fastboot devices
fastboot oem unlock
fastboot erase userdata
fastboot erase cache

This will unlock the bootloader, erase user data and reboot unlocked. But all data also gets deleted.

You can also flash a custom recovery, boot into it, and perform a factory reset from recovery.

Using a Google Account Password

If the locked Android device was previously logged into Google, you may be able to unlock it with just the Google account password:

1. Power on the phone and go to the lock screen.

2. Tap on “Forgot pattern?” or “Forgot password?” below the PIN/password field.

3. Enter the associated Google account and password when prompted.

4. After a few tries, it may give you the option to unlock with “verified by Google”. Choose that option.

5. The phone will unlock and take you to the home screen.

This method won’t always work, especially on newer Android versions with lockdown policies. But it’s worth a try if you know the Google credentials.

Using Fingerprint Unlock

If the locked Android phone has fingerprint unlock enabled:

1. Turn on the phone and go to the lock screen.

2. Press and hold on the fingerprint sensor to unlock.

3. After a few attempts, the phone may allow you to add a new fingerprint.

4. Set up a new fingerprint to gain access.

The fingerprint sensor location varies on different models but it’s worth trying if the phone supports biometric unlock.

Using Lock Screen PIN/Password Cracking Apps

There are some apps that claim to recover lost lock screen PINs and passwords, such as Lockdown Pro, Lock Screen Pass, and Android Lock Screen Removal. They work by running through password combinations.

However, these apps are not 100% reliable and won’t work on all devices. They also take hours to days to brute force the password. You need an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery.

Proceed with caution as some of these apps seem shady or malicious.

Using Paid Unlocking Services

As a last resort, there are professional phone unlocking services and kiosks that offer to remove Android lock screens. This involves using specialized software and hardware tools.

They typically charge $20 to over $100 depending on the phone model and service level. Mail-in and in-person options are available.

The advantage is convenience – you don’t need to do anything. But there are risks, like device damage, scam services, and high costs. Research carefully before using third-party unlocking services.


While there are ways to unlock Android phones without the PIN, the exact method depends on factors like Android version, model, bootloader status and any antibypass measures enabled. Modern devices are also increasingly secure.

In some cases you may need to factory reset the device, which erases all data. This allows bypassing the lock screen, but is not helpful if you wanted to retrieve data from the locked phone.

Legitimate reasons for unlocking your own phone include forgotten PIN, bought used device, restoring broken screen device. Make sure to enable Find My Device or other anti-theft features so you can unlock remotely if needed in the future.

Trying to unlock someone else’s phone without authorization raises legal issues regarding unauthorized access, privacy and theft. So the ability to unlock Android without PIN does not mean you should do it in unauthorized situations. Proceed at your own risk and only use proper diagnostic tools responsibly.

Method Requirements Risks
Find My Device Internet connection, Find My Device enabled Lower risk
Android Device Manager Internet connection, service enabled Lower risk
Bypass lock screen Physical access to phone Potential data loss
ADB/Fastboot Developer options, PC tools Data loss, bricking
Google account Know account credentials May not work on newer phones
Fingerprint unlock Fingerprint enabled Potential lockout if fails
Cracking apps Custom recovery Unreliable, malware risks
Unlock services Pay unlocking fee Scams, costs, damage risk