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A Complete Breakdown of Samsung Reactivation Lock: What It Is and How It Works


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

You’ve been working on saving fund to buy a new, high-quality mobile phone for long and you have finally managed to buy yourself a nice present, a modern Samsung mobile device. Luckily, Samsung is one of the companies that worries about the buyers and their well-being, so there is a number of security features that protect your phone from being misused when it gets lost or stolen. In this article, we will present you the reactivation lock Samsung, which is an absolutely essential feature for the safety of your mobile.

Part 1: What is Samsung Reactivation Lock?

One of the most important safety features on all the Samsung phones is actually the Samsung reactivation lock feature. Some of you who have used Apple phones might recognize this option, as it is similar to the Activation lock that was implemented by Apple, and Samsung decided to present this option on its newer mobile devices. Not to worry, if you’re not yet familiar with this option, keep on with reading this article and all questions will be answered.

As Samsung reactivation lock is a security option, it has a task to prevent others to activate your phone if it gets stolen or lost. Once you decide to activate this option, it will demand to enter your Samsung account credentials whoever wants to use it after a factory reset. Once you lose your phone, whether you just dropped it from your pocket on the street or some thief used your lack of attention to steal it, the finder of your phone will need to perform a factory reset to be able to wipe out all the data and use the device. However, by using the Samsung reactivation lock feature, it requires them to sign in your Samsung account after the phone was reset with factory settings. It makes sure that nobody can use it (except of course he or she knows your Samsung account data, but nobody should know this except you). This makes the chances of you getting your phone back much better, as your device will worth nothing to the thief anymore once he realizes he won’t be able to use it.

Although reactivation lock Samsung feature is turned off by default, it is a simple process to activate it. All you will need is a Samsung account and less than a minute of work on your phone. Note that it is more than recommended to activate this option, as you will want to protect your expensive device in all ways possible. In the next parts of the article, we will present you with the guide on how to turn off and turn on this option. 

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Part 2: How to Enable Samsung Reactivation Lock?

Samsung reactivation lock feature is turned off by default, so if you want to use it, you will need to enable it. This is not that hard to do, and if you’re having troubles with enabling it, we recommend that you follow our step by step guide.

Before we start, we need to remind you once again that you will need a Samsung account for completing this process successfully.

Step 1. Use your Samsung phone and go to Settings. Find the Lock screen and security and then choose Find my mobile. This is where you will be asked to enter the password of your Samsung account. This is a security measure, so you can simply go ahead and enter your password.

Step 2. Once you have entered the password, you the following screen:

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As you can see, the reactivation lock feature is off, so what we need to know is to turn it on simply by sliding the switch to the right.

Step 3.You will be asked to confirm once again that you want reactivation lock Samsung activated. Of course, click on OK.

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You should note that this is the part that will require an unlock password (remember it or write it down and keep it in a safe place). Next time when you perform a factory reset of your Samsung mobile, Samsung reactivation lock feature will require to enter your Samsung account credentials before you can start using the device.

Part 3: How to Disable Samsung Reactivation Lock?

As we already mentioned, the reactivation lock Samsung might be a great feature, but in case you need something on your device to be fixed, don’t forget to disable Samsung Reactivation lock before you give your phone for repair, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to get a repair. Of course, you might not need a repair, but you simply find this feature annoying for some reason. Either way, let’s take a look at the process for disabling Samsng reactivation lock, a process is where similar as the one for enabling it.

Step 1. Go to Settings on your device and find the Lock screen and security, and then navigate to Find my mobile.

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You will notice that your reactivation lock feature is turned on.

Step 2. In order to disable Samsung reactivation lock feature, simply move to switch to the left with the slide movement.

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Step 3. Be aware that you will be asked to enter credentials of your Samsung account during this process, which will confirm that you are the true owner of the device in question and nobody is trying to misuse the feature.

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As you can see, the process of enabling and disabling reactivation lock is very easy to perform on Samsung phones. It is more than recommended for everybody to use it, as it can be a very important security option, which may lead to finding your phone once you lose it or somebody steals it. It takes only a few minutes to setup, it is completely free and it can be extremely useful if desperate times come.

Part 4: Failed to Disable Samsung Reactivation Lock?

Some Samsung users may face the nightmare that Samsung Reactivation Lock just won't turn off even you have the correct account credentials. Some users can solve it by flashing a stock firmware, but there are a lot of other users still stuck in the dilemma. Here we found another method to completely disable the reactivation lock by deleting your Samsung account entirely from Samsung server. Please note that deletning your Samsung account will also delete your backups and purchases in this account. If you don't want to lose the backups and your purchases, don't try this method.

Below are the detailed steps you can follow and try to turn off Samsung reactivation lock.

Step 1. Go to account.samsung.com and sign in your account credentials. Click on Profile and you will see Delete Account option. Delete your account entirely from Samsung server.

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Step 2. Factory reset your Samsung device.

Step 3. Then re-create a new Samsung account with the exact same credentials of the previous deleted account.

Step 4. Your device will ask for your Samsung acccount credentials to log in after factory reset. Just enter in the re-created account information.

Step 5. Your device will ask for your Samsung acccount credentials to log in after factory reset. Just enter in the re-created account information.

Step 6. At last, go to Settings -> Lock screen and security -> Find my mobile and toggle off reactivation lock.

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