Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet

Posted on Feb 21 2013 - 6:53pm by In-house Geek

You lost your password or unlock pattern and you want to format your Android phone or Android Tablet using the hard reset method?
Some of the things that will make you Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet this way includes:

Last updated: July 20, 2016

  1. If the device owner forgot the unlock pattern or pin of his/her Android phone. Once you forget this code, you cannot access the contents of your device unless the unlock screen gets out of the way. The last recommended solution to this is to wipe the data of your phone or Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet without accessing the menu. Note that this will erase all your personal files, info and apps in the phone storage. You will only regain this if you earlier on backed up your phone on your local drive or Google account. This procedure will leave your SD card untouched.
  2. If you want to free system memory.
    Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet and a manual re-installation of apps will remarkably yield free memory for use.
  3. If you forgot your Google Account credentials or your phone’s data is not turned on:
    Google gives any one that forgot the phone’s unlock pattern or password a chance to remotely unlock it by signing in to his Google account that is connected to the PlayStore App on the device. You can not connect to this account if you’ve forgotten your login credentials or you remember it but your phone data is off! So you will have to Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet.

  4. Restore phone to factory setting.

This is needful if you want to sell your phone or if a change in a system file made your phone to malfunction. Another reason why you should Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet

How to Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet.

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Its simple. Many Android phone makers gives a specific guideline on this but in the absence of such, generally you:

1. Switch off the device

2. Hold the POWER key together with at least the down volume key to power the phone and start the resetting process.

3. A command-like window with sometimes a green text appears

4. Use the up/down volume keys to scroll screen and use the Power key to select.

5. Select WIPE DATA and the phone reboots after some few minutes to clear and reset your device memory.

If the above guide doesn’t work for your device, then we certainly must revisit point number 2. Note that this is because some Android versions like Gingerbread and dear old Froyo 2.2 will not go with the typical Hard reset method outlined above. Also most recent Samsung Galaxy smartphones may need another slight alteration in point number 2.


What if the recovery menu is in Chinese script?

Yes, we have got thousands of request on phones that displays chinese scripts after the above method is applied for hard resetting of Android phone. Don’t worry, its simple to understand the Chinese texts. There is a seperate post (question) that shows you the particular option to select if the text isn’t in English. Find it here.

Alternatively try this for #2…

i. Power your device while simultaneously holding the Up and Down volume screen. Hold until blue screen appears

ii. If the above doesn’t work, try holding the Up volume key + Power key + Home key especially for Samsung Android smartphones.

iii. Some phones are so tricky, try this out yourself, try holding the up volume key or the down volume key or both together with the power key until the blue screen comes up!

There is really no one specified method that works for all Android devices!

If none of the Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet methods above worked, then if you have Android device manager app installed in the device, you can remotely reset from the web. You may also want to read this for further guide on how to Format or unlock a password/pattern locked Android phone and Tablet: How to unlock your device if the internet is turned off.

How to retrieve your lost Android Password using Google Account Recovery:

  1. First of all tap on “Forgot Password” from your locked phone screen.
  2. Enter the same GMail you used in registering the Android phone i.e the email you use in the device’s Playstore to install apps.
  3. Then follow the on-screen instructions to retrieve your password.

Once your password is retrieved, you can go to SETTINGS>>BACKUP AND RESET>>FACTORY DATA RESET to wipe your phone!
If the steps #1-3 above didn’t work probably because your device isn’t connected to the internet, simply use a web browser from your PC and visit the GOOGLE RECOVERY PAGE. Login with the gmail account tied to your phone and follow the instructions.
Let me know if this helps. You can always ask another question, anytime!


What if you can’t remember your Google Account password?

Then try retrieving your Google account password. Its quite easy to do that.

  1. From your PC or mobile browser, visit
  2. Select forget password link
  3. Follow the on-screen instruction to retrieve your lost password.

Usuall, Google will send a password rest link to your alternative email, or they will either call or send an SMS to your mobile number.


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153 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. godfrey November 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm -

    mine is it1404 and i have tried all the above but no results… it just flashes some white light then remains with a dead screen then when i release the keys it gives a blue screen then back to the pattern unlock screen

  2. KOLADE October 27, 2015 at 4:49 am -

    pls help me out, my phone was lock on pattern and I have all to reset it to factory setting through volume down + power but many a attempts but still not working. what can I do next

  3. HIGHPRINCE October 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm -

    i am a wapmaster, I need Android and mobile phone hand flash code

  4. hakin October 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm -

    i use pin for my phone and i did not remember again…..please bro I have press that volume button and the second button and it take me to reset factory setting and I tap it ….it said I should press my password again…really fed up now …pls am using itel

  5. joshua October 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm -

    Thanks for your post it has been working for me on most android phones.

  6. Divine September 23, 2015 at 7:32 pm -

    pls my tecno m3 is nt flashing at all,i hv tried all d above stuffs but to no avail.tecno version 2.5.3

    • Chekwas Ojike September 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm -

      2.5.3 is an old version. Take your phone to Calcare as they are in the best position and officially assigned to help

  7. Clinton September 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm -

    How can i flash my tecno h3

    • Chekwas Ojike September 21, 2015 at 8:56 am -

      Have you tried the main post?

      • Kceeli October 13, 2015 at 9:06 am -

        How can i unlock my phone input password my little brother locked it ave been tryin all this code 1122 nd 1234 it couldnt open it my phone made is gioneel900.

        • Chekwas Ojike October 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm -

          Follow the main post.

  8. dennis nyakundi September 18, 2015 at 10:27 am -

    how to format tecno m3

    • Chekwas Ojike September 18, 2015 at 10:52 am -

      HelloDennis, follow the main post to format your M3. Tell me if yopu have any issue. Best regards.

  9. Blissful G September 16, 2015 at 7:58 am -

    pls i have andriod version 4.2 but the phone don’t have name, it only (0000) i see as the name, and i have tried all ur hard works very fine by formating the phone but the privacy password is still there. Pls Wht can i do to flush it away pls

    • Chekwas Ojike September 16, 2015 at 9:32 am -

      I think you have to confirm at this point that the system powering your device is really Android. Having a means of identifying your phone brand will help in this regard too

  10. Sani September 2, 2015 at 11:19 pm -

    I want to flash my phone and it bringing another language pls help me

    • Chekwas Ojike September 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm -

      What language is that? There are other ways of flashing your device.

  11. samgok August 19, 2015 at 10:23 am -

    please i’ve tried all d aformention steps to unlock my itel1353 but not working. if i try with power button + volumn down, it only bring a triangular shape with exclaimation mark in between and a phone display but not moving further.
    please help me out

    • Chekwas Ojike August 19, 2015 at 10:50 am -

      is your iTel Android?

  12. prince August 15, 2015 at 11:02 pm -

    i lost my phone tecno p5 three days ago help me block it with this serial number 23993

    • Chekwas Ojike August 17, 2015 at 9:55 am -

      Hello Prince, contact your network customer care to deactivate your SIM card

  13. Babalola olawande July 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm -

    Please i need your help with my infinix zero android, i forgot my pattern, and d email password. So i’d prefer a hard reset and set a new mail. i’ve tried all the above operations but none is working. Pls any alternative?

    • Chekwas Ojike July 31, 2015 at 1:46 pm -

      Hello follow the main post

  14. Adeyemi Hezekiah July 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm -

    Itz for all Android Phone.

  15. catalyst July 7, 2015 at 9:49 am -

    Pls I wanna reset a tecno D1 and it’s not responding, I hold the volume and power key and it’s booting normal. What should I do please.

  16. ijaz ul haq July 6, 2015 at 11:28 am -

    hi i have infinix hot note. i setup a pin for my self. but after some days it did not opened. i tried on factrory reset but still it is showing to enter pin. what i do plz help.

    • Chekwas Ojike July 6, 2015 at 1:06 pm -

      HI Ijaz,
      Sorry about that. Factory reset will format your phone. I will advice you to try logging in using your gmail account. Alternatively use the hard reset method in the main post.

  17. Prudentmd July 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm -

    Plx i juzt ned ur hlp wit tinx dat goex wrong wt my phone stil i try al ur such he doex nt work 4 my own gionee p2

    • Chekwas Ojike July 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm -

      Can you tell me what your device says when you tried the options in the main post?

      • Araba September 12, 2015 at 7:10 pm -

        pls my p5 plus screen is locked. i have factory reset it and still its locked. pls help me unlock or help me ot pls.
        it says that i should enter privacy protection password

        • Chekwas Ojike September 14, 2015 at 9:18 am -

          It won’t lock again if your succefully reset it. Try the method stated in my main post above.

  18. Prudentmd July 1, 2015 at 12:18 pm -

    Hi greetingx am use gionee p2 nd i for got the i use to lock wat can i do to unlock it

  19. Faith May 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm -

    Nice post… But it is not working for infinix hot note… Help please or any alternative??

  20. Dhikrullahi paradise April 23, 2015 at 6:32 am -

    pls,what should i do i’ve test all what u wrote up there,it does not work it just show me full phone test,bt test and so on it does not require any factory reset. plz am using bml one mini E19 version 4.2.2

  21. James April 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm -

    afrer did all its wrote no comand
    can you fix for me please!

    • Chekwas Ojike April 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm -

      Which device are you using?

  22. Lydia April 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm -

    Am using itel6200 hw can i unlock my password pls

    • Chekwas Ojike April 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm -

      If it’s Android, try what we wrote in the main post.

  23. Rahul March 31, 2015 at 8:11 am -

    Thanks you save me from my parents.Thank u very much.

  24. UC BOY March 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm -


  25. Deo March 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm -

    it work hundred percent but for some phones doesn’t work.

  26. aboluwa March 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm -

    gud afternoon, pls im having a problem with an itel phone, cant remember the security pattern what do i do

  27. aboluwa March 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm -

    good afternoon, i forgot the pattern which i use for my phone. pls how do i unlock

  28. aboluwa March 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm -

    good afternoon, it happened that i forgot the security pattern for my itel android phone. what can i do

  29. aboluwa March 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm -

    hello, i use an itel android phone, it happened that i forgot the security pattern for my phone. pls how do i unlock

    • Chekwas Ojike March 18, 2015 at 5:40 pm -

      Hello, folloow the steps in the tutorial and tell us where you are hooked, ok?

  30. Idris March 14, 2015 at 11:06 am -

    I have try all method ! like
    vol down+ power I see robot
    vol up + power this is wat I see
    full test. and some order tinx DAT have noting to do wit factory rest.
    vol down + power + home
    nothing show.
    vol down + vol up + power + home + meun nothing show. pls help I used itel 1401.

    • Chekwas Ojike March 14, 2015 at 11:33 am -

      What is the Android version of your phone?

  31. Cynthia March 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm -

    pls i tried it on my phantom f7 but the language is wrtten in chinese, so i cnt format or do anytin. pls how do i change d language to English. tnks.

    • Chekwas Ojike March 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm -

      Hi Cynthia, you go to SETTINGS > Backup & Reset to format your phone since you still have the Password.

  32. Rasheed March 1, 2015 at 12:15 am -

    Hello pls hw can i get a lesing update to my gmail…

    • Chekwas Ojike March 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm -

      Hello Rasheed, please throw more light on your inquiry.

  33. CHINWIKE .E December 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm -

    am using itel 1401. i have tried all the methods to erase my phone but it will only show me an android logo with red triangle on top of the logo. pls wat else should i do to unlock my phone. i need answers now pls

  34. Poppy December 3, 2014 at 3:34 am -

    Being unlocked means being able to insert any SIM card of the mobile company and get the signal.
    1 can do so seeing as there are numerous ways
    how you can not will depend on one carrier in a single country.

    Anyone who wishes to unlock iPhone iOS 8.

  35. eelhayat November 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm -

    my itel inote android was tempered my ma child try all unlock stratigies but fails to work.

  36. mark October 21, 2014 at 10:39 am -

    pls how do i unlock my GML ONE mini CE 0168 phone.i switched off the phone holdin the power on button key together with the up volume key,the spreadtrum factory test,full phone test,view phone test result,item test,BT EuT,ctp calibrate and Exit.what will i do about it now.pls i need a reply now.

  37. onyedikachukwu October 21, 2014 at 10:31 am -

    i wnt to hard reset my tecno m3 but wat it displayd is in china language

  38. Andrew October 14, 2014 at 10:41 am -

    my tecno h5 sends me more than one message when am chatting through sms…please help

    • Chekwas Ojike October 14, 2014 at 11:00 am -

      Try to explain more what you mean by ‘sends more than one message’

  39. prince October 4, 2014 at 8:30 am -

    pls jst help i dnt have moni nw my p3 does nt have volume botton

    • Chekwas Ojike October 4, 2014 at 8:32 am -

      It should have a volume key right at the right side of the phone

  40. dorcas September 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm -

    my infinixrace eagle has bin locked due to the pattern mis do i reset it now

    • Chijindu September 29, 2014 at 4:15 am -

      A boy picked my phone and locked it up by drawing wrong patterns severally, how may I unlock it

  41. chike September 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm -

    please what if is in chinese

  42. amos bara September 17, 2014 at 9:42 am -

    my techno mobile m3s is outgoing calls disable and to activate is asking for password which I don’t know. what can I do?

    • Chekwas Ojike September 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm -

      Go to your call settings and try to restore every setting you’ve made to its factory default

  43. kwami September 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm -

    i have tried it but am at factory mode but there is no clear data, however there is reboot, clear eMMC, test report and other test

    • kwami September 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm -

      i mean what should i select?