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How to Unlock your Samsung Smartphone Without your PIN or Password

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Are you lost in front of your Samsung smartphone, staring at it in despair because you have forgotten the unlock code? That can be a very annoying experience, but it is not the end of the world. In the best case, you can still unlock your phone without a password. In the worst case, Samsung devices can also be reset without a PIN. We will go through all the possibilities in our primer here.

If you use a Samsung smartphone, it is protected by various security mechanisms. That is all well and good until you lock yourself out, be it by accident or design. If the fingerprint sensor no longer works and the face recognition also fails, you can still enter your PIN. But what if you have forgotten the unlock code?

Samsung renamed its “Find my Mobile” service to SmartThingsFind. The service is still available, but unfortunately, Samsung removed the function that allows you to unlock the smartphone from there. While your Samsung account was sufficient for this before, this option is no longer available. Hence, don't be surprised if you can no longer find the SmartThingsFind function as Samsung unfortunately killed it.

It is highly likely there is nothing else you can do other than reset your smartphone. To do this, you should back up your data beforehand. This is also possible in some circumstances if your smartphone is blocked. You can find out more about this topic on our making a smartphone backup.

Have you used Smart Lock?

Maybe you didn't think of it in your state of panic, but have you possibly set up the Smart Lock feature on a device or WLAN network? This is a system feature found in Android that allows you to bypass the authentication on the smartphone in combination with certain devices or locations.

Smart Lock also works with Bluetooth headphones or other devices. Unfortunately, you cannot set up the function without an unlock code, so this section is just a quick reminder. If you have never heard of Smart Lock, you will be unable to do so without a reset.

Reset your smartphone via a browser

It is unfortunate that remote unlocking via SmartThingsFind no longer works, which means you will probably have to reset your handset. This will delete ALL DATA from your smartphone. So if you have not made a backup beforehand, you can expect to lose a huge chunk of your digital memories and data in one fell swoop.

Use a browser to reset your smartphone.
You can also reset your smartphone via a browser. / © nextpit
  1. Go to Google's service page, Find My Device.
  2. Log in with your Google account.
  3. Select the device that you want to reset.
  4. Select Erase Device to remove all data, including the forgotten lock code from your smartphone.

Once you have reset your smartphone, you can set it up again. You will have to log in with your Samsung account and your Google account again, and you may be able to download previously saved data from those accounts to the smartphone again. You can read about setting up Android phones to find out more.

Reset smartphone without a browser

Every smartphone can be reset without a computer or a second smartphone. You just have to boot it up in recovery mode.

Bear in mind that there is a security feature involved here since Android Lollipop. You will first have to log in to a Google account that was activated on the smartphone prior to deletion. This is to prevent thieves from deleting the smartphone via recovery mode and using it afterwards. If you have used different accounts, simply choose any one of them.

How to erase your Samsung smartphone with a single keystroke:

  1. Turn off your smartphone.
  2. Press and hold both the power button and the volume up button to enter recovery mode.
  3. Navigate the menu using the volume rocker. Use the power button to select an option.
  4. Select Recovery Mode and then Wipe data/factory reset and confirm this option.
  5. Once the process is complete, your smartphone will reboot and you can log in with your Google account as usual.
Screenshot of recovery mode on Galaxy S7 edge
You can also reset your smartphone using the keys. / © nextpit

Have you ever had to completely reset your smartphone simply because you forgot your PIN? Do you know another way to unlock your Samsung smartphone without a PIN? Share that wisdom with us in the comments!

Guide updated on April 2024 with updated instructions. Existing comments on this page were not removed and may refer to previous versions of this article.

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Benjamin works as a freelance journalist and is always on the lookout for special features that make new cell phones, headphones and gadgets interesting for the reader. If he doesn't succeed, he comforts himself by writing short stories and using his digital camera.

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  • Vali Dragomir (isshmen) 1
    Vali Dragomir (isshmen) Jan 29, 2022 Link to comment

    How about unlocking Samsung passwords through ADB. There's needs of some knowledge, I know, but in case there's no linked account with device, it may be a good solution.

  • 1
    Sylvia Noon Oct 14, 2021 Link to comment

    I no longer use my Samsun phone so it is not hooked to any network. i cannot remember any of my passwords or pins. i would like to get it open so i can use it as a music player. can you help.

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    badman Sep 7, 2020 Link to comment

    How about network unlock?

  • marco sarli 39
    marco sarli
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    Oct 8, 2019 Link to comment

    This is exactly why I do not put a password or pin. I do not have any secrets to hide but would prefer to keep my data and apps.

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      william rhodes Oct 28, 2020 Link to comment

      And then you leave your phone in the store accedently and someone walks off with your phone. And they swipe it oh shit they have whatever info you have in that phone at yhere finger tips will they be good or bad with it. Next thing u know they have used your phone to do all kinds of damage. A splt second is all it takes

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