Any other time, you would have sworn that this is the password to your Samsung Galaxy S8. This time, however, you’re not so sure because you clearly cannot pass through the Lock Screen with it. So, what happened? Someone played a prank on you and changed your password? Have you really forgotten it?
If you ask us, these aren’t the questions to focus on, at least not right now. For the time being, it is best if you come up with a solution to bypass that Lock Screen without having to hard factory reset your Galaxy S8. Because if you can’t find one, all your files and data might be lost for good. Sure, having it all backed up in advance would prove extremely useful but how many smartphone users back up their data periodically…?
Just in case you’re not one of them, the following methods might spare you from all the trouble. We’ll keep an eye on the factory reset as well since you can never know when you’re going to need it. Yet the point here is to keep calm and keep trying alternative methods.
Step 1 – Try Samsung Find My Mobile
In case you didn’t know, the feature of Samsung Find My Mobile itself is letting you turn on another feature that will reset the smartphone’s password. It’s all about the possibility to control the Samsung Galaxy S8 remotely. Once you can do that, you will be able to set a temporary new password and unlock the screen. The only problem with it is that Find My Mobile won’t work if you haven’t registered with Samsung in advance. If you have your registration in place, it will all be as simple as using the Find My Android to reset the password, unlocking the screen with that temporary password, and setting up a new password. The latter will be permanent and you should be able to use it from now on without problems.
Step 2 – Try Android Device Manager
While the Android Device Manager is a service meant for your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ Plus, it can be accessed from a PC or any other internet-connected device, which makes it a great option when you’re locked out of your smartphone. Just like the previous suggestion, however, it requires having it active and being registered with it before you can use it. So, hopefully, you have activated it in advance, so that now you will be able to use its Lock and Erase option to change the password.
- Use a computer and open an internet browser;
- Go to the Android Device Manager online service;
- Use your data to log in;
- Select your smartphone from the next screen;
- Switch On the Lock and Erase feature;
- Follow the steps indicated on the screen to set a new password for your phone;
- Get back to the locked Galaxy S8 and use that new, temporary password to log in;
- When you regain your access, go to the phone’s settings to set up a new, permanent password.
If neither the first step nor the second step helped you, the final option is to reset the device and pray for losing the least possible data, depending on how your last backup looks like.
Step 3 – Reset Password With Factory Reset
- Turn off the device;
- Tap and hold the Volume Up, Home, and the Power buttons, all at the same time and all until the Android logo appears;
- Then, you can let go of those buttons and navigate with the Volume Down key to the Wipe Data/ Factory Reset menu;
- Hit the Power button after you have selected that option, to initiate it;
- Confirm the action with Yes when required to do so;
- Wait for the process to finish;
- Select the reboot system option to return to the normal mode.
If this guide on the Samsung Galaxy S8: how to factory reset won’t give you the courage to do it yourself, consider asking some professional help. Either way, you need to do something about being locked out from your Samsung Galaxy S8!