Bypass Factory Reset Protection On Samsung Phones Without A PC.

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  1. DroidModderX

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    Samsung devices require you to sign in with your Google account if you factory reset your phone. This is kind of ridiculous. It makes it a pain in the rear to resell your phone. Normally to sell your phone all you need to do is factory reset it. If you factory reset a new Samsung phone and then sell it the person who buys it from you won't be able to get into it without your Google account information.

    There is a way to bypass this. Rootjunky has put together a full guide showing you how to hack around this. This method works without a PC or an OTG flash drive. Just know that the method is pretty complicated. It requires you to log in to your wifi, unplug your router while your phone is checking for an update, reboot the phone, set a pattern lock, reboot the phone, access the camera, go to modes, access the download folder, install and use es file explorer to access rootjunky's download server, download an app, and run it! As I said earlier the method is pretty pain staking, but the outcome is oh so worth it! Check out the full video for the full proof method.
     
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    What I don't understand is how someone could even dream up something that convoluted. ;)
     
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    This must be something relatively new. I FDR'd my S1 & S3 before donating them & was able to "skip" the login process. I haven't done an FDR on my S5 for over a year, so IDK. Stupid move Sammy! Thanks for the info DMX!
    LOL Lee!

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    Woudn't removing your google account (assuming you knew it) prior to FDR accomplish the same thing? Or am I mistaken?
     
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    I thought that was an option in the settings on my Note 4, to require your login after a reset. Along with that setting, I feel like there was an option to disable it. But I may be thinking of the "Wipe phone after X number of invalid unlock attempts" option instead. I feel like they were in the same area in settings though.

    If no one else can confirm this, I'll have to check when the wife gets home from work since she's rocking the Note these days.
     
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    Boidsonly yes, removing your google account is the way to remove this security feature and also when you want to do a FDR to sell the phone you should remove your google account prior to selling it or the person buying it will not be able to get into the phone. The information on this feature can be found here: Make sure your device is protected - Nexus Help

    "To turn off device protection, remove your Google account from your device. If you have Developer options enabled on your device, you can also go to Settings [​IMG] > Developer options and check "OEM Unlocking.""
    In my note 3, there was an option for findmymobile by samsung in the security settings. It had something called a "Reactivation Lock" which would require you to put in your Samsung Account to bypass the lock.
     
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    Yeah, that might be what I'm thinking of on the Note 4.
     
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    This is now a security feature on all Android phones 5.1 and above...when a factory reset (fdr) is done without first removing the owner's google account info, that device is locked to the google account owner. To activate/set up that phone, you must first sign in with the google account and password that is attached to that phone.

    If you are selling the phone or if the phone is going to be used by another person, it is not enough to just do an fdr. You first have to remove your google account then do the fdr. The purpose of this feature is so that anyone stealing your phone will not be able to use it without your sign in info. It almost makes stealing phones useless.

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    Unfortunately I know many people who don't have a lock screen so it would make stealing the phone just the same as before as it takes someone with little to no knowledge to go in and remove the account or set the OEM Unlocking to "on". This is why I always stress to add a lock-screen no matter how simple it is for the user to access.
     
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    Psh I hate lock screen patterns. Will never use one. I pull my phone out and unlock it far to often to be annoyed by that extra couple seconds. I absolutely despise when a VPN or FoxFi makes you set one up.
     
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    I was in the same camp. Never used a lock pattern and never needed to. But now with fingerprint unlock on my N5, unlocking is actually faster and easier than swiping.

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    I don't use one either, unless I'm traveling. They can't call international so if they make a phone call that's ok. My PayPal account is locked down just as anything else is money related on my device. I also have "find my phone" activated via both Lookout & Google, with the ability to remotely wipe my device, give me GPS location & take a photo of the person who has my device. I will also be notified if my SIM card is removed.
    With all that, there's no real need for a daily lockscreen imo.

    S5 tap'n
     
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