How to Unlock an Android Phone After Too Many Pattern Attempts Without Using Gmail

By Randall Blackburn

Many Android-powered phones support security patterns drawn on the screen in lieu of a password or PIN. If you unsuccessfully draw the pattern too many times, the phone locks. When the phone locks, you can enter your Gmail address at the lock screen, leaving the password field blank, to reset the security on your device. If you do not want to use Gmail, you can reset the Android phone back to factory default settings to unlock the phone. However, all data, applications and settings that you have saved on the phone will be deleted.

Step 1

Hold the “Power” button down until the phone turns off.

Step 2

Press and hold the “Volume” key in the “Down” position.

Step 3

Press the “Power” button while holding the “Volume” button. Release the “Power” button. The Android Recovery menu displays.

Step 4

Use the “Volume" button to navigate to the “Clear Storage" option.

Step 5

Press the “Power” key to select the “Clear Storage” option. A confirmation dialog box opens.

Step 6

Press the “Volume” key up to select “Yes" and confirm the data deletion. If you change your mind, press the “Volume” key down to select “No.” The phone resets, shuts down and boots back up. The process may take two or three minutes. When the phone boots back up, the device is reset to factory defaults.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information provided in this article applies to the HTC EVO 4G running the Android 4.x.x operating system. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of Android and for other devices.