Using a passcode to access your Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus is a good thing. With all the features that it provides and all the personal or business-related documents you access from it, you wouldn’t want anyone to access your smartphone without your permission. And even if you have to reset the password at some point, because you want to or because you need to – if you think it’s been compromised or you just got locked out of it – there are different ways to do it.
One of the many password reset solutions on Samsung Galaxy S8, which also works like charm on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus, is to do a hard factory reset. But since this hard reset implies deleting all files and data, it isn’t always an encouraging option, especially for those with no backup in place. Nevertheless, this is precisely why we came up with the three solutions from below, to give you alternatives. Read on and decide which one will work for you best.
Long story short, there are three different ways to reset the lock screen password on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus, for when you get locked out or you just want to make a change.
- Factory reset your smartphone
This method has actually two different ways of putting it into practice:
One way to factory reset your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus is to:
- Turn off the device;
- Press and hold these 3 buttons: Home, Volume Up, Power button;
- When you see the Android icon, release them;
- Press the Volume down button until you are able to select the option that says Wipe Data/Factory Reset;
- Press the Power button to select it and initiate the process;
- Use the Volume down button until you are able to select the option that says Yes – delete all user data;
- Press the Power button one more time to select it and to initiate the process;
- After the device reboots, use the Power button and select it;
- After the device restarts, you can begin to set up everything from scratch, as all data has already been wiped out.
Another way to factory reset your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus is trying this alternative reset method. As previously mentioned, if you want to keep certain data, information or files from the phone, you have to back it up before you take all the steps from above.
- Use the Android Device Manager on a PC
If you’re familiarized with the Android Device Manager from our previous articles on how to track and find a lost or stolen Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus, you probably know how it goes. Using this special service requires having your smartphone registered with the Android Device Manager in advance.
Once you did that, you can access it from any PC, identify your own smartphone listed in there, and simply activate the Lock feature. Using it will be extremely handy when you have forgotten your current password. That’s because it lets you set up a temporary password, use it to access your own smartphone, and change the lock screen password of your Samsung Galaxy S8 right after that.
Here are the steps you need to take:
- Use a computer to access the Android Device Manager;
- Look until you find your device listed and tap on it;
- Enable the Lock & Erase feature;
- Follow all the steps indicated in there with the purpose to temporarily lock your smartphone;
- Introduce a temporary password and use it to access the device;
- Once you have gained access to your smartphone with that temporary password, create a new, permanent password.
- Use the Samsung Find My Mobile feature
Just like Apple users have their Find My iPhone, Android users have this Find My Mobile feature that they can use to track down a device and control it remotely. Using the Remote Controls features will let you temporarily reset the current password and access the device to change it with a permanent one. It’s pretty much the same principle as in the method described above. And it also requires having your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus registered with Samsung in advance. Once this is covered you can:
- Use the Find My Mobile service to set up a temporary password;
- Bypass the lock screen with this temporary password;
- Set a new password and continue to use your smartphone as if nothing happened.
Let us know what option you enjoy most and why!