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How to Unlock Android Phone without Any Data Loss


Mar 08, 2024 • Filed to: Remove Screen Lock • Proven solutions

In today's digital age, our Android phones serve as the primary hub of our lives, holding a treasure trove of personal and professional data. Yet, the frustration of being locked out due to forgotten passwords or malfunctioning security features can be overwhelming, compounded by the fear of data loss during the recovery process. However, there's a beacon of hope - a way to unlock your Android phone without any data loss. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the latest techniques, tools, and methods to regain access to your Android device safely without a password, PIN, or fingerprint. Let's dive into it now.

Part 1. How to Unlock Android Phone with Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (Android)

If you or someone accidentally forgot or mistyped/misentered your lock password and caused it to lock permanently, of course, you will find ways to unlock it at first. But if you are not connected to the internet, or did not register a Google account for your device, your last resort would be to factory reset your device. That will totally wipe everything you have and save it on your device. If you want to unlock your lock screen without having to worry that your device data will be erased, Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (Android) is your phone unlocking software.

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Note: This tool temporarily support unlocking part of Samsung and LG locked screen without losing data, but other Android phone will be wiped all data if you try to unlock the screen with Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (Android).

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Steps on How to Unlock an Android Phone with Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (Android)

Step 1. Connect your Android phone to your PC with Dr.Fone installed, then run the program.

Step 2. Then, you should see the "Screen Unlock" tool, so proceed into it. After that,  click "Android" > "Unlock Android Screen."

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Step 3. Then choose "Remove without Data loss" to unlock part Samsung/LG devices without data loss and find your device model.

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Step 4. Follow the instructions on the program to get the Android phone into "Download Mode."

  • 1. Power off the phone.
  • 2. Press and hold volume down + home button + power button at the same time.
  • 3. Press the volume up to enter download mode.

Dr.Fone android Lock Screen Removal

Step 5. The loading process will take you a few minutes because it is going to verify first your device's compatibility.

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Step 6. Wait until everything is done. You should then see your device already has no lock screen.

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That's how to unlock an Android phone with just one click using Wondershare's Dr.Fone. If your device is not Samsung or LG, you can use a more advanced mode to unlock your phone.

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Part 2. How to Unlock Android Phone with Aroma File Manager (with Data Loss)/h2>

If you weren't able to open your Wi-Fi or data connection or enable USB Debugging, this is the way for you to unlock your lock screen. This could be a bit complicated, but it should work.

Steps are provided below, and please follow the step-by-step guide carefully to avoid a boot loop or any other damage.

Step 1. Download Aroma File Manager on your PC. This is a tool that unlocks Android phones. Android users can use it for free.

Aroma File Manager download page

Step 2. Go to your Downloads folders and copy the downloaded zip file.

Copy Aroma zip file

Step 3. Plug into your PC a memory card that you can insert into your phone later. Then, go to your list of connected devices and select the memory card.

open memory card on pc

Step 4. Paste the copied Aroma zip file. Once copied, eject it from your PC, then insert it into your Android device.

Paste aroma file manager

arom file manager pasted

Step 5. Enter Recovery Mode for your device. Each Android device has its own ways of entering recovery mode, so take a look at this link and find your device.

Enter recovery mode android

Step 6. When you are already in Android Recovery Mode, use your volume keys to navigate to ''apply update from external storage'', then select the zip file you copied a while ago. It will be flashed on your device.

Android system recovery

Step 7. After it, restart, and recovery mode will reopen as Aroma File Manager, so go to its settings and select ''Automount all devices on start'', then restart. Back in Aroma File Manager, go to the directory data>system. Check if the ff. exist. If they do, delete them. Then restart again.

  • gesture.key (pattern) / password.key (password)
  • locksettings.db
  • locksettings.db-shm
  • locksettings.db-wal
  • signature.key
  • sparepassword.key

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Now you have your device booted up, and your Android lock screen is still locked, just gesture in or enter anything. It will be unlocked. And that's how to unlock an Android phone using your device.

Part 3. How to Unlock Android Phone Using Minimal ADB and Fastboot (with Data Loss)

If you weren't able to connect to the Internet, but you, fortunately, enabled your USB Debugging option before your device was locked, the ARONSDB tool from the Android SDK package can help you unlock your Android phone.

Here is the step-by-step guide for you to follow

Step 1. Go to Minimal ADB and Fastboot download page.

Minimal adb and fastboot dowload page

Step 2. Download the tool's latest version.

Minimal adb and fastboot downloaded

Step 3. Open the downloaded Minimal ADB and Fastbootzip file and install it.

Minimal adb and fastboot installer zip

Minimal adb and fastboot setup

Minimal adb and fastboot installation complete

Step 4. Make sure your device is connected, then go to the Minimal ADB and Fastboot installation directory.

This PC [Win 8& 10] or My computer [Windows 7 & below]> Local Disk (C:) [primary drive]> Program Files [for 32-bit] or Program Files (x86) [for 64-bit] > Minimal ADB and Fasboot.

Local Disk

Program Files (x86) folder

Minimal adb and fastboot folder

Step 5. Inside the folder, hold the Shift key on your keyboard, then right-click your mouse. An additional "Open command window here" will appear so select that.

Minimal adb and fastboot open command

Step 6. ADB terminal will pop out. Now, the first is to type in ADB devices. This is to check if your device is recognized by ADB. If there is no device listed below, try to remove and reconnect your device and retype the command. If there are listed devices already, proceed.

Minimal adb and fastboot command window adb devices command

Step 7. Finally, type in the following commands one by one. These commands will remove your lock screen.

  • adb shell
  • cd /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases
  • sqlite3 settings.db
  • update system set value=0 where
  • name='lock_pattern_autolock';
  • update system set value=0 where
  • name='lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently';
  • .quit

Minimal adb and fastboot adb shell command

This would work if you have your USB debugging turned on before it was locked. That's how to unlock Android using ADB.

Part 4: How to Unlock Phone via Find My Device (with Data Loss)

Google Find My Device is another handy way to unlock your locked Android device. However, it requires you to have your Google ID credentials and you have previously enabled Find My Device features. Moreover, it will erase all the data on your device. Use the following steps to unlock your Android phone via Find My Device:

Step 1: Open a web browser on a computer or another device and visit the Find My Device website. Now, sign in with the Google account that is linked to the locked Android device.

Step 2: After signing in, you will see a list of devices associated with your Google account on the left side of the screen. Select the locked Android device from the list and choose the "Erase Device" option from the menu on the left-hand side.

tap on erase device option

Step 3: You will now be asked to confirm your identity through a Google account password or using a pass-key. Afterward, follow the on-screen instructions to erase and unlock your Android device.

Part 5: How to Unlock Android Phone without Losing Data in Safe Mode

One way to unlock your Android phone without losing the data is by utilizing Safe Mode. This method works only if the screen lock you have been using is a third-party app. Since Safe Mode disables third-party apps, you can easily use it to uninstall the problematic app. Here is how to unlock an Android phone without losing data:

Step 1: On your Android device, press and hold “Power” and “Volume Down” keys together for 3 seconds. After the Power menu becomes visible, press and hold the “Power off” option.

Step 2: After a while, you will see the "Safe Mode" option on your screen with some basic instructions. Now, you can use the button to boot into Safe Mode and remove the screen lock application.

restart android device in safe mode

Part 6. How to Unlock Android Phone without Any Data Loss Using Google Account (Android 4.4 or lower)

If luckily, you left your Wi-Fi open and luckily connected to the internet, this is the easiest way to unlock your Android phone.

The step-by-step guide for you to refer

Step 1: Retry the incorrect password or pattern until the ''Forgotten Password/Pattern'' appears below. Then select that.

android forgot pattern lock

Step 2: Check ''Enter your Google Account details'' then tap next.

Unlock screen enter google account details

Step 3: Input your Google Account details, username, and password. You are done.

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You will be given the option to input a new password or pattern right after you enter your Google account details. But if not, Google must have emailed you your temporary password or pattern that you will input to unlock your lock screen.

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