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Thread: How to bypass forgotten unlock code. (INSTRUCTIONS)

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    How to bypass forgotten unlock code. (INSTRUCTIONS)

    This happened to my Motorola Droid tonight. my friend got a hold of my phone and
    tried random pattern to unlock my phone. needless to say, my phone got locked out. i
    entered my gmail address and password but failed.

    here's the procedure to unlock without hard reset:

    1) create a new gmail account on the computer.
    2) call your cell phone with a different phone.
    3) answer your cell phone then hit the back button and it will take you to the home
    screen.
    4) turn on wifi so it can do data and voice at the same time (remember that the phone
    is still connected)
    5) go to Settings -> Location & Security and disable lock pattern (you'll need to
    enter to correct pattern previously set)
    6) go to Settings -> Accounts & Sync and click "Add Account" and add your newly
    created Gmail account.
    7) hang up the phone.
    8) turn the phone back on, at the lockout screen, enter your new Gmail account info
    and it should let you back in
    9) once the phone is unlocked, you can go in setting and remove the newly added Gmail
    account and keep the old one.
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    Nice find. Good to know there's a work around.
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    This needs to be a sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brendanstl View Post
    This needs to be a sticky.

    probably not a bad idea since this seems to be a recurring problem.
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    So based on Step #5, it appears this is the fix for a "temporarily forgotten" pattern. If you can't remember what the pattern was in the first place, you can't enter it in step #5, correct?
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    Nice....Could of used this the first night I had the Droid...lol
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    This is awesome information to know! This method helped me help a customer today that was locked out of his phone! Thanks
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    I actually decided to set a pattern lock on the first day and, being my usual self, forgot it as quickly as I set it. I found that it wouldn't accept the gmail account that I created during the setup at the store, so I just did a hard reset (hold x and power button, then volume up and camera) and used my current yahoo account which is linked to a random gmail account that I use for spam purposes . Worked like a charm, and it now accepts the new gmail. I think that this is a recurring problem, and it's probably worth it to do a factory reset when you first get the phone to get rid of the problem.
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    Nice workaround!!
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    I believe this will only work till they fix that glitch with backing out of a call and going to the home screen.... its a known issue... i believe they are fixing it with the ota 2.1 update. so it probably wont work after the update.
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