When the information you store on the Samsung Galaxy S8 is very important to you, a lengthy password that is difficult to guess or to find out is usually chosen. But as you will probably soon discover by yourself, the lengthier and more complex your password is, the easier it will be for you to forget it. And just so it happens that many Samsung owners occasionally forget the passwords that they have set, ending up in the unfortunate situation of having to perform a hard factory reset.
We call the hard factory reset an unfortunate situation because, if the user didn’t create a recent backup of his or her data, all that information will be lost in the process. Even so, it’s a small price to pay in order to regain the access to a Samsung Galaxy S8 when locked out.
But to give you some kind of hope, we have to add, the hard factory reset isn’t always the only way to go. We’ll start by showing you this option since it’s best that you are prepared for the worst that can happen, but we’ll still provide you with some alternatives. Those alternatives may or may not work in your particular case. There’s only one way to find out which is it…
Reset Password Option #1 – Factory Reset:
- Turn off the phone;
- Select and hold the Volume Up, Power & Home keys all at once;
- Spot the Android logo and let go of the keys;
- Use Volume Down to navigate around;
- Select Wipe data/Factory reset;
- Hit Power to activate your selection;
- Select Yes to confirm;
- Hit Power to initiate the reset;
- Wait for the reset;
- Select Reboot system now;
- Hit Power to leave the Recovery Mode and return to the normal running mode.
Are you still having some concerns regarding the process? This guide to factory reset a Galaxy S8 should clear things out for you. And like we said before, hopefully, you had the time to back things up in advance.
Reset Password Option #2 – Samsung Find My Mobile
- Register your device with Samsung;
- Use Find My Android;
- Temporarily reset the device’s password;
- Access the lock screen and type that temporary password;
- Once you’ve regained your access, immediately set up a new, permanent password from your phone.
As you’ve seen from the first step of this method, one cannot use Samsung Find My Mobile to reset the Galaxy S8 password when locked out if the device hasn’t been previously registered with Samsung. But if you did just that, you can be sure that the feature will allow you to temporarily reset the password and to go through the lock screen without hiccups. Check out if it will work for you too.
Reset Password Option #3 – Android Device Manager
- Use a PC and access an internet browser;
- Go to the Android Device Manager page and log in;
- Select your Samsung Galaxy S8 from there;
- Activate the Lock & Erase feature;
- Follow the steps as indicated in there;
- Set a temporary password;
- Unlock your phone with it;
- Set a new, permanent password.
Judging by the second instruction, which implies logging in with your Android Device Manager account, it becomes obvious that, in order to use this method, you must first register with the ADM service and have it activated for your phone. If you had the time to do it before being locked out from your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus, you shouldn’t have any problem in taking advantage of it instead of trying the hard reset.