Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge – Forgot PIN Password – What to Do
The pattern unlock feature is really cool. Is it also an unbreakable security measure? Definitely not. If you have sensitive information on your phone, it’s highly recommended to use additional security measures.
Of course, you can run into some problems if you make use of the PIN-locking feature. It’s easy to forget a 4-digit code, especially if you used random numbers instead of an easy-to-guess birth date. By protecting your data, you might lock yourself out of your own phone. Here is how you fix this on a Galaxy S6.
Perform a Factory Reset
If you can’t access your phone anymore because you don’t remember your PIN code, there’s not a lot you can do. Factory reset is one method that works every time, but it’s best if you can avoid using it.
Here’s how to perform a factory reset on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphone:
- Press and Hold Power, Volume Up, and Home keys
- Wait for Android logo to appear and release
- Highlight and select the “wipe data/factory reset” option
- Tap the Power button after selecting the reboot option once the wipe is complete
There’s a big downside to using this method. A factory reset deletes all third-party apps, removes non-essential services, and removes all the settings and personal information saved on your phone.
You’ll essentially get a clean version of your S6, as if it were fresh out of the box. This may seem like a drastic response to simply forgetting a 4-digit password. But it is intended this way for a reason.
By forcing a factory reset for a forgotten PIN code, your personal information such as credentials, credit card information, browser history, etc. is deleted in case someone gets a hold of your phone.
Consider it another safety measure on top of having a PIN code in the first place.
Using the Find My Mobile Feature
Find My Mobile is a service you can use to locate or unlock your phone from a distance. However, the service only works if you activate it in advance. Here is how you can do that:
- Go to Apps
- Tap Settings
- Tap “Lock screen and security”
- Tap “Find my mobile”
From there, you can set up your Samsung account. After entering your credentials, make sure to switch the following options to ON:
- Remote controls
- Google location service
- Reactivation lock
What does this feature do? It allows you to remote track and remote access your phone if it’s turned on. If you forgot your PIN, simply go to Samsung’s official website and log into the Find My Mobile browser app with the credentials you used on your phone.
This will give you remote access. You can then reset the PIN code and other security measures. You can also wipe the data from your phone. This latter option is useful if your phone has been stolen and you’re not sure you can recover it.
A Final Thought
Although fingerprinting is a pretty good security measure, using a PIN code on top of it makes breaking into your phone even harder.
However, this also means that you yourself can get locked out of your phone. Remember to set up your Find My Mobile feature every time you get a new Samsung phone, just to have a backup plan in place. It’s also never a bad idea to jot down your 4-digit code somewhere safe.