If you own one of the many variations of the Samsung Galaxy or any other smartphone for that matter, it’s very common to forget the password and then need to reset the phone or sometimes even have to do a hard factory reset of the phone to recover it. It’s because we as human beings are not infallible. For many of us, our smartphones function as our memory, a sort of auxiliary mind, so we don’t have to remember everything and know everything.
The most common solution to reset the password on the Galaxy requires completing a hard factory reset , which will delete all your files and data on the smartphone. It’s a factory reset; it resets the phone to the factory default, and that default does not include any of your data. For those who don’t have their Samsung Galaxy backed up, we have compiled a couple of different ways to reset the password on a Galaxy phone when locked out without having to lose data or files.
We have tested these instructions on the following Galaxy devices: J3, J5, J7, A7, Note 5, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, and S9. We have also tested on the corresponding Plus and Active devices, so please keep that in mind when
The following is a guide that will teach you two different ways to reset the lock screen password on your Galaxy device when you get locked out without losing any data, and we’ll also walk you through how to go ahead with a factory reset if you decide that’s the best option.
How to do a Password Reset with the Android Device Manager
If you have already registered your Galaxy with the Android Device Manager, then this is the easiest method. 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 force the Galaxy password to reset when you have forgotten the password on your phone, which is sometimes a necessary feature when you’re in a real bind. Here’s what you do to reset your phone’s password using Android’s Device Manager:
- Go to the Android Device Manager from a computer.
- Find your Galaxy on the screen.
- Enable the Lock & Erase feature.
- Then follow the given steps on the page to lock your phone.
- Set a temporary password.
- Enter the temporary password into your phone to bypass the lock screen.
- Create a new password.
Reset Password with Samsung Find My Mobile
Another method would be to use Samsung’s Find My Mobile (Find My Android) option, similar to Find My iPhone. You can use the Remote Controls feature on your Samsung Galaxy, which will allow you to temporarily reset the password and bypass the lock screen on the Galaxy.
Once you’ve done that, you can change your Galaxy password like you would at any other time. If you have not already registered the Galaxy with Samsung, try registering your Samsung device as soon as possible. When you register your devices, it gives you advantages you wouldn’t have with an unregistered device, including things like resetting the password with Samsung’s “Find My Mobile.”
- Register the Galaxy 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
- Turn off the Galaxy.
- 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 to scroll, highlight 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 Power to select it.
- When the Galaxy reboots, everything will be wiped and will be ready to set up again.
Read this guide to learn an alternative method to factory reset the Galaxy J3 . It’s important to note that before you go to do a factory reset on the Galaxy J3, you should back up all files and information to prevent any data from being lost.
The phone will be a blank slate afterward as if you just pulled it out of the package, which can be a good thing. I recently factory reset a phone and it now runs faster and there’s not all the clutter from before. It feels like a new phone!
On the other hand, the downside is that you’ll lose data, some of it possibly important or of sentimental value, such as photos, videos, and the like. If there was anything significant on it, you don’t want to forget to back it up.