Forgot My Pattern Lock Samsung Galaxy J7 (Solution)
If you own a Samsung Galaxy J7, you might forget the pattern lock as many people are wont to do. Brain freezes happen and everyone is scatterbrained from time to time, losing their car keys, and forgetting passwords, are all part of these moments in modern life. Forgetting the password to unlock your phone is stressful as you may need to call or text a friend or family member about something important. You’ll want to get into your phone quickly!
When you forget the password to unlock your phone, then you’ll need to reset the pattern lock. The most obvious solution to reset the password on the Galaxy J7 requires completing a hard factory reset, which can delete all your files and data on the smartphone. This isn’t the ideal solution but more of a last resort. The good news is that it’s pretty much guaranteed to work and work fast. Still, you should consider a complete hard factory reset as the last resort after you’ve tried less drastic methods of unlocking your phone that is much less likely to result in any data loss at all.
For those who back their phone up regularly, then a hard factory reset is not such a big deal. But for those who do not have their Samsung Galaxy J7 backed up, then a hard reset can cause a lot of headaches.
That’s why we’ve compiled a couple of different ways to reset the password on the Galaxy J7 when locked out without having to lose data or files. The following is a guide that will teach you two different ways how to reset the lock screen password on the Galaxy J7 when you get locked out, as well as how to go ahead and do a factory reset if it turns out that it’s your best option.
Password Reset with Android Device Manager
The first way to reset the password on both the Galaxy J7 is for those who have already registered their Galaxy J7 with Android Device Manager. When using the Android Device Manager to reset the password, all you need to do is activate the Lock feature. The Lock feature on the Android Device Manager will allow you to get the Galaxy J7 password to reset when you have forgotten the password on the Galaxy J7.
- Go to the Android Device Manager using a web browser on a computer
- Find your Galaxy J7 on the Android Device Manager
- Enable the Lock & Erase feature
- Then follow each step that this page walks you through to unlock your phone
- Set a temporary password (you’ll change it the first time you unlock your phone again)
- Enter the temporary password in your phone to bypass the lock screen
- Finally, create a new password and you’re in!
Note: Even if you didn’t have to do a factory reset, it’s possible you won’t be as lucky next time, so if you’re not yet doing so, start backing up your phone today! You’ll be glad you did as sooner or later something will happen that will cause data loss and you’ll want to have backups of your precious photos of family and friend as well as other data you may not want to lose. We’ve written several how-to articles on how to set up automated backups, including this article: How to create the ultimate backup strategy to save time and peace of mind
Reset Password with Samsung Find My Mobile
Another method would be to use Samsung’s Find My Mobile (Find My Android), similar to Find My iPhone. You can use the Remote Controls feature on your Samsung Galaxy J7, which will allow you to temporarily reset the password and bypass the lock screen on the Galaxy J7. If you have not already registered the Galaxy J7 with Samsung, try registering it as soon as possible.
- Register the Galaxy J7 with Samsung.
- Use the Find My Mobile service to temporarily reset the password.
- Bypass the lock screen using the new temporary password.
- Set a new password.
Reset Password with Factory Reset
If the above method doesn’t work, then you may have to go ahead and do a factory reset. Please follow the instructions below to complete the factory reset process on your Galaxy J7:
- Turn off the Galaxy J7
- Press and hold the Volume Up button, the Home button, and the Power button at the same time until you see the Android icon
- Using the Volume Down button, select the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option and press the Power button to select it
- Using the Volume Down button, highlight Yes – Delete All User Data and press the Power button to select it
- When the Galaxy J7 restarts, everything will be wiped and it will be ready for you to set everything up again
Read this guide to learn an alternative method to factory reset the Galaxy J7. It’s important to note that before you go to do a factory reset on the Galaxy J7, you should back up all of your files and information to prevent any data from being lost.
Do you have any tips and tricks on how to handle the situation when you’ve forgotten the password to unlock your phone? If so, please leave a comment below.