Every device, website, forum, and other platform has at least some security features. If you use different passwords for everyone, it’s easy to forget them. Unfortunately, in the digital age, passwords and access codes are increasingly difficult to reset. Especially on cell phones.
Manufacturers and software developers have specifically designed our portable devices to self-destruct if someone attempts to gain illegal access. This is because we store so much personal information in our smartphones that if someone did break into it, it could seriously damage their credit, identity and even financial security.
If you are unable to redeem your screen unlock code on your Galaxy Note 10, your phone will completely lock you. It will actually act like a threat and lock itself permanently if you use the wrong password too many times. Luckily, there is hope if you get stuck out of your phone. These developers understand that people struggle with screen locks, so they’ve provided some safes.
Read on and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know in more detail.
Things to know before resetting
If you are familiar with Android, it is a fairly versatile operating system that gives users a lot of freedom on their device. At one point, early versions of Android allowed a passcode to be reset directly from the device as long as it could turn on.
These days, it’s still easy to unlock your device assuming a few criteria are met. To unlock your device without a full factory reset, you will need these items first. If you haven’t configured them, you’ll need to ignore the reset options.
- Your phone must be connected to the internet – Whether you are connected to wifi or cellular data. If you don’t have a stable internet connection, it won’t work.
- You must have a Samsung Mobile account – When you first set up your phone, it would have asked you to set up a Samsung account and also allow remote access. If you haven’t, you won’t be able to unlock your phone once your phone is locked.
- You need your Samsung username and password – If you can’t remember the email account you used to set up your Samsung account, use your email client’s search bar to search for ” Samsung ”. This will help you identify your username. You can visit the Samsung account website to reset your password.
If any of these conditions are not met, you will need to reset your device to factory settings using one of the options we have listed below. Even though a factory reset will erase all information on your device, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can try to get it back.
Galaxy Note 10 Security Bypass – Factory Reset
Forgetting your screen unlock code can be easily fixed with a reset on your phone. The easiest way to do this is from the phone itself. You will need to enter the boot options and erase all information from your Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+. If you have forgotten your PIN code, you can turn on the phone, but you will not be able to access the home screen.
Factory reset from device
You can try to turn off your phone. But the phone will prevent you from turning it off without pin. This is where things get a bit tricky. Instead of turning off your phone, you will need to force it to restart and enter the boot menu during the reboot process. Here’s what you need to do:
- With your phone on, simultaneously press and hold the “Volume down” button and the “Side key” for 10 seconds.
- Toggle on and hold ‘Volume up’ and ‘Side key’ for another 10 seconds to enter the recovery menu. You might not be able to get it to work on the first try, so keep trying until you do.
- Navigate the menu with “Volume up and down” keys to “Wipe data / factory reset”.
- Press the side button below the volume keys.
- Select “Yes” to reset your Galaxy Note 10 smartphone.
- The process takes about 15 minutes. When done, select “Reboot system now”.
The process will completely erase your device including data, files, and anything else you might have saved on the phone. You will need to download all of them, reinstall all apps, and sign in to your phone with your existing Gmail account.
This method may take a few tries because you need to time it perfectly. One of the best things about Samsung phones is that you can’t turn it off without the passcode which means you can track it if it’s been stolen. But, for our reset purposes, it definitely makes the fight a little more real.
Remote factory reset
Android Device Manager can only be used when you have synced your device with your Google Account. Here’s what you need to do:
- Click on this link to access Android Device Manager.
- Enter your Google account details. Use the same account you used when setting up your Galaxy Note 10.
- Select “Samsung Galaxy Note” from the list that appears on the screen. If you don’t see it in the list, your phone is not linked to this account.
- Tap “Erase Device” and follow the onscreen instructions to unlock the phone remotely.
- Enter your password and Confirm.
This will erase all of your information from your phone, but you will be able to access it again.
Unlock your device without factory reset
Samsung provides its users with a security feature that works like Android Device Manager, but instead of using your Google credentials, you can sign in with your Samsung account. The method only works if you have already registered your Note 10 on the Samsung website. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open this link in any browser to access the “Find My Mobile” site.
- Log in with your Samsung credentials and your device will appear in the “Registered device” tab.
- Choose “Unlock my screen” in the “Protect my device” tab.
- Select “Unlock” and you will receive a message confirming that your phone screen is now unlocked.
- Get your phone and go to “Settings.” Go to “Security” to reset your password.
Write down your passwords in a safe place
Every now and then everyone forgets an important password or PIN. Forgetting your Galaxy Note 10 PIN code is the worst thing because you will be completely stuck out of the phone. However, these methods above will help you get your device back even if you haven’t set up your Samsung account.
Recover your data
If you are one of the unfortunate few who were unable to unlock your device using the Samsung Find My Mobile website, now you are facing two issues. One is how to get your data back and the other is Google Activation Lock. Let’s see how to overcome these two problems:
Google activation lock
You have reset your phone and are now redirected to a login page for your Google Account. Assuming you know your Note 10 linked Gmail and password, you’re good to go. Just enter the credentials and configure your phone.
If you can’t get past this screen, it’s either because you have the wrong Gmail account or the wrong password. When entering your login information, be sure to enter the correct email address. This will be the one you initially set up the phone with. Without the right username and password, your phone will be nothing more than expensive grammage.
Recover your data
Once you’ve determined the correct username and password, sign in to all Gmail apps and email accounts with the original username and password you got. used when you first received your phone. Google Photos will bring back your photos if they have already been set up. Your email account will bring back your contacts.
You can also log into your Samsung account as it has its own cloud service. These options were prompts from when you first set up your Note 10 and many of them are default options set to store your data whenever your phone is plugged in and connected to wifi.
How did you regain access to your Galaxy Note 10? Did you use other methods that we haven’t covered? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments below.