Getting locked outside your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus doesn’t have to be a tragedy. You might think so, since all those guides teaching you how to bypass the lock on this device suggested a factory reset that would erase all your data.
But what if we’d told you that there is another way of getting your phone access back, without having to give up on everything you were storing on it? We actually have two such suggestions that will hopefully allow you to access the smartphone:
How to unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 using the Find My Mobile service
Find My Mobile is a service that gives you remote control over your phone. In order to have access to it, you will obviously need to register your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus with Samsung. Once you do that, you will gain access to the Remote Controls feature, from where you can reset the password for a short period of time.
With the new password, you will be able to access the smartphone and change the password as soon as you can, while you still have access. The steps couldn’t be simpler than that:
- Register your Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus with Samsung;
- Access the Find My Mobile service;
- Temporarily reset your Galaxy password;
- Go over the lock screen with that new password;
- Once you’ve accessed the phone, change the password once again.
How to unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 using the Android Device Manager
This option, just like the one from above, only applies to those who already registered with the Android Device Manager. If you did that with your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus, you should have access to the special feature named Lock. Using it will allow you to reset the device’s password from virtually any computer:
- Use a PC to access the Android Device Manager;
- Identify your device on the screen;
- Look for the feature labeled as Lock & Erase;
- Enable the feature and follow the steps indicated to lock your device;
- Set your temporary password;
- Go back to your locked Galaxy and type the temporary password you just created;
- Log in and create a new, permanent password.
If none of these options helped, you still have the factory reset at hand…
How to unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 using the Factory Reset
Unfortunately, this is that final solution that will delete all your data. If you didn’t manage to do a backup recently, you might be very disappointed of losing it all. When you’re done with the reset and you can access your phone without restrictions, you just go to the Settings menu and tap on Backup & Reset. From there, you’ll know what you have to do.
For now, if you don’t even know how to get to that stage, read this detailed guide that will teach you to factory reset a Galaxy S8 or a Galaxy S8+ Plus.