Are you interested in How to Reset a Locked Samsung Phone? There are several ways for you to get your Samsung Phone unlocked, so generally, you are better off doing that if you can. But if have used up all your available options, and you are still locked out or were still planning to rest your phone non the less, then you may be able to reset it without having to unlock it.
Doing this would help you remove all of the data – so again, it is better you unlock the phone first if at all possible so that you can ensure that everything is fully backed up. But with the phone reset, you would at least be able to make use of it or even sell it.
Below, I would be explaining details on how to work this out. Note however that in most cases you would need access to your Google account to be able to reset your phone without having to unlock it.
How to Reset a Locked Samsung Phone
The steps involved in How to reset a Locked Samsung Phone have been well detailed below, so you shouldn’t have any issue going through it. so, let’s begin:
Turn off Your Phone
The first step for you to turn off your Samsung Phone is that if you are locked of it, that could be easier said than done, as it would require you to enter your PIN, Password, or pattern. If you have no idea what it is, then you would have to wait for the phone to run out of battery and automatically shut down.
Open the Recovery Menu
With your phone switched off, you can now boot it into the recovery menu, meaning that it is on with a specific button combination.
The exact combination has to do with the Samsung Phone that you are using, but with most of Samsung’s more recent phones – and specifically, any Samsung Phone that only has volume buttons and a side button, you also should press the volume up and the side button till you feel a vibration and see the Samsung logo, then release them.
This approach is effective on the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, and the Galaxy Z fold 3.
If your phone has both a power button and a Bixby button (Like the Samsung Galaxy S10), then you should press the Volume up, power, and Bixby buttons all at the same time, and then hold them until you feel a vibration, and then release them.
Finally, if your Samsung Phone has a separate physical home button right under the display, then you should press the Volume up, home and power all at once till you feel a vibration. Once you do that, release the power button but keep the other buttons pressed, when you feel the second vibration, you can release the remaining buttons.
One of these methods should work, however, a few phones for whatever reason make use of volume down rather than Volume up, so if it is not working, try that button instead. Also, some Samsung devices would require you to either plug your phone into a computer using a USB port or connect USB headphones before these button combinations would work.
Enter your Google Account Details
Once your phone has been rebooted it should take you right to the recovery menu, but before getting access to this, you would probably be required to enter your Google Account information, meaning the registered email and password. This is here to prevent stolen phones from being reset.
If you are aware of your email but not your password, then you can choose to reset or recover the latter by making use of the Google Account Recovery page. If you do not know your email or your password then you would be required to send your Phone along with proof of purchase to an authorized Samsung service center, where they would reset it for you.
Reset Your Phone
Right on the Recovery menu, you should see other amazing options that read either ‘Wipe data/Factory reset’ or ‘delete all user data.’ Navigate to this making use of the volume buttons, then press the power button to select this option.
You would be asked to confirm this a couple of times, so making use of the same buttons select ‘yes’ until the process starts.
This process might take up to a few minutes, but once finished, the words ‘Data wipe complete’ would appear on your phone, and you would then press the power button to select ‘Reboot device.’
When your device is rebooted, you would be asked to enter your Google password. If you have gotten to this process, that is likely something you know, but if you do not know it, try the suggestions offered in step 3.
After that, you would be presented with the setup screen that you would see for the very first time you turn on a new phone. So it is either you carry out that setup if you want to keep on using your Samsung Phone or just switch it off ready to sell or recycle.