The Galaxy S4 is a dynamic Android smartphone that has been quite popular among smartphone enthusiasts worldwide, since its launch.One of the difficulties users face is how to unlock Samsung Galaxy S4 effectively. The handset is much appreciated because of its top-notch features and specs, although its price is something that is not affordable for everyone. Hence users prefer to buy the network locked version than the SIM-free Galaxy S4.
The problem with a locked device is that if you don't remember the password you use to unlock Samsung Galaxy S4, you will not be able to access all the important details in your phone including contacts, calendar, memos and other bits of information you have stored.
If you are not able to unlock Samsung Galaxy S4, you need not panic. There is a safe and effective way to unlock Samsung Galaxy S4 and retrieve your data.
There are two options to unlock your S4. One is by using hard reset and the other is the download Dr.Fone Android software for Lock Screen Removal.
Benefits of Unlocking Samsung Galaxy S4 with Dr.Fone Toolkit for Android
This method of using Dr.Fone for Android software is very effective and can be done within five minutes. The unique removal of lock screen feature in the software has various benefits such as
- Fast removal of screen lock
- Removes four types of screen lock including fingerprints, password, PIN and pattern
- The lock screen is removed without any harm or damage to the data in the phone
- Does not need prior technological know-how, as it is easy to do by anyone
- The unlocked phone can support any type of major phone carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile etc.
Method 1: Step by Step guide to unlock Samsung Galaxy S4 using Dr.Fone Toolkit for Android
Here are the step by step instructions to unlock Samsung Galaxy S4 with Dr.Fone for Android Software.
One important thing you need to ensure before you start on these instructions is to download Dr.Fone software in advance.
Step 1. Run Dr.Fone Software. Select ‘Lock Screen Removal‘ feature. Launch the software.
Removing lock screen on Android feature enables easy and fast removal of PIN, fingerprint and pattern lock password in your Galaxy S4.
Connect your Android device and opt for ‘Start‘ to begin the unlock Samsung Galaxy S4 process.
Step 2. You should now enter into the Download Mode. To accomplish this, you need to do the following steps
- 1. Turn off your smartphone
- 2. Hold the power button, volume down button and home button together
- 3. Now press the volume up button and you will enter into the download mode easily.
Step 3. Once you activate the download mode, the recovery package will be downloaded. This will take some time. You will have to wait until the download is finished completely.
Step 4. After you complete the recovery package download, you should begin the unlock process for your Galaxy S4. This package gives you the advantage of accessing your Android device without having to enter your password. You can see all the information in your S4 device without any restrictions.
This is the safest and most efficient way to recover your device from its locked state.
Method 2: Hard Reset of your Android Device to unlock Samsung Galaxy S4
You need to hard reset your device because a locked Samsung S4 device has one or more of the following problems.
- The touch screen of your device is not responding leading to locked S4, preventing you from using the device.
- If you do not remember your password or pattern and want to unlock Samsung Galaxy S4.
- Entering the wrong password several times in a row can lock the device and make it inaccessible. This happens when kids play with the phone.
- In case your device is unresponsive, or does not respond to the touch commands.
Backup is vital before you being the reset
A factory or hard reset of Android Device inevitably results in loss of almost all your stored data. So, the best way to prevent this from happening is by backing up the data in your device, before you start the reset process.
Before the reset, charge the battery and backup all the critical data like contacts, video, images etc. and take out the SD card and SIM, before you do the factory reset.
Since it is not possible to get back the data after you do the reset, you need to back up the data online. It is advisable to do the backup in a hard drive, external device, media or raid system. This will be of great help, if your expensive Android device is stolen, damaged or lost, as you will have all the valuable data safely backed up.
Hard reset is also the best option when you want to erase all the personal data in your phone, or if the phone is affected by a virus attack. In case you have a rooted device, it is necessary to back up the EFS folder, as it contains important IMEI information.
The backup is a precautionary measure that will help you retrieve lost data, if there is some difficulty during the reset, and you cannot get the data back. Using Dr.Fone removal software for Android device lock screen problem is a perfect solution for unlocking it and backing up the data.
Step by step instructions for Hard or Factory Reset without using Password
If you do not remember the phone password or pattern, these simple steps will help you reset your Android device easily.
When you enter the wrong pattern or password more than four or five times, the device will ask you to retry after 30 seconds. If you remember your password, you can enter it and get the problem solved. If you have lost your password and cannot recollect it, here are the steps:
Step 1. Enter the unlock pattern or password until the screen displays Forgot Pattern or Forgot Password, which appears at the right bottom edge of the touch screen.
Step 2. Select the Forgot Password feature.
You will be asked to enter information related to your account in Google. Enter your email ID.
Your device will be activated. You can now alter the pattern.
Step 3. Go to the Settings option in the device, Select Backup and Reset option.
In the Factory Reset feature that is present, press the confirm option. This will start the device reset.