There’s nothing more annoying that dealing with a locked smartphone. If you haven’t even gotten the chance to recently back up the files from your Samsung Galaxy J7/J8/J9/J6/J5/J4/J3/J2/J1, the frustration you feel right now is completely understandable. Our purpose, with this article, is to show you a way out. In our quest of finding different password recovery methods for Galaxy J7/J8/J9/J6/J5/J4/J3/J2/J1, we’ve come to three main options.
Prepare yourself to read about a general fix that will simply delete all the data from the device (hard factory reset) – the old password but also all your old files – and two other remote access services. With the latter option, you’ll overwrite the current password with a temporary password, unlock the phone, and manually adjust the new password of Samsung Galaxy J7/J8/J9/J6/J5/J4/J3/J2/J1. Are you ready?
You can use the Android Device Manager
You will need a computer with an internet connection, from where you can:
- Search for the Android Device Manager online service;
- Use your login credentials to access this service;
- Select your Samsung Galaxy J7 listed inside the account;
- Select the Lock feature and activate it from the Lock & Erase menu;
- Stick to the steps presented in there to lock your phone;
- Continue with the steps presented in there to set a new, temporary password of the J7/J8/J9/J6/J5/J4/J3/J2/J1 device;
- Leave the PC and return to the smartphone;
- Use the new password to unlock it and change its password one more time.
This method was designed for those who lose their phones and need to block the access to it until they get it back. Nevertheless, just like we suggested above, you need to log in, which means you need to have an account with the Android Device Manager.
You can use the Samsung Find My Mobile:
You will look at similar options with the ones presented above. Again, an internet connected PC is necessary so you can:
- Search the web for the Samsung Find My Android service, similar to the Find My iPhone service from Apple;
- Log in with your credentials;
- Reset the current password with a new, temporary one;
- Unlock your J7 with it and set up a new password.
It goes without saying that, once again, you must have your phone registered with Samsung to use it.
When none of these two options works for you, the general, old-fashioned factory reset will do the trick. Turn off the phone and proceed with these instructions:
- Press the Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons, all at the same time, until the Android icon will show up on the black screen of the phone;
- Use the Volume Down key to make your way towards the Wipe Data/Factory Reset entry;
- Highlight it with the Power key and use the Volume Down once again to select “Yes – delete all user data”.
- Let the device perform the factory reset and once it reboots into the Recovery Mode, use the same two keys to initiate the Reboot System Now.
Now you’ve got yourself a smartphone restored to the factory defaults. With these instructions, or with this comprehensive guide on how to factory reset Samsung Galaxy, you’ll know what you have to do. Just don’t forget to back up your data, whenever you have the chance, before starting the hard reset!