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2 "Too many patterns attempted!" How to unlock pattern locked Android Smartphone?

Android is widely used Operating System all around the world nowadays. Due to its unlimited applications support and much productive interface, many smartphones comes with Google's Android-based OS. If your smartphone is freezing or becoming unresponsive sometimes, you are at the right place. 

Hard reset, alternate reset is an option. Factory reset options are included in phone’s system, but it requires the phone to be accessible. If you can’t access your device itself due to above reasons then manual reset is the only option.

Sometimes we forget our passwords or it's a simple child's play for reattempts, it may happen at any time in your daily routine. So why not to stay learned about it?

Use of a pattern password is mostly followed way to lock your phone and it is quite simple as well.

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Most commonly occurred situation:

Either you do not have email id and password ready or you don't remember details.
No internet connection settings were kept ON. Wi-Fi, GPRS etc.

Follow these simple steps to manually reset your Android device.
Setup: Make sure your phone is turned off completely. If device getting unresponsive, then you may need to remove its battery and wait for some time and reinsert it. Even do not plug the phone into the charger.

Below specific combination is depending upon model and make. It varies as per manufacturer’s instructions. One may even find it on the instruction sheet. Depend upon Android version whether it is Froyo, Gingerbread, Ice cream sandwich or latest Jelly Bean combinations will more or less remain same but with a slight variation.


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Using Factory Reset (All data will be wiped out)

1. Switch Off the phone with the regular power button.
2. Wait for some seconds to shut it off completely.
3. Now press Volume Up button, while it pressed, press power button.
4. Android utility logo will appear, Wait here.
5. Choose option "Delete all user data" or "Wipe Data/Factory Reset". Use Volume Up and Down buttons to select menu and power button to confirm entry
6. Data wiping will take some seconds, then it will return to Recovery Menu.
7. Select Reboot System option and press the power button to select.

There are some variations around clicking Volume up and down buttons to start Android root. In older Android operating a “triangle!/Android” logo will appear after 3rd step. Further instructions will remain same.

Samsung Galaxy S3- Press Volume up + Home + Power
Nexus 7- Press Volume Up + Volume Down + Power

In some smartphones you may need to press both Volume Up and Down buttons together and then pressing power will take a phone to Android Root System or Recovery Mode.

To avoid smartphone recovery process it is advised to keep some easy passwords/patterns on your device. It is also suggested to constantly back up your device using Memory Card or Computer in regular intervals.

Using ADB Interface for master resetting your Android smartphone
Click here (For those who do not have recovery installed)

Using SD card and 'Pattern password disable' and Aroma File Manager

Eject memory card from the device and connect to PC
Put 'pattern password disable' or 'Aroma File Manager' on your SD Card from computer
Insert SDcard again in phone and reboot to recovery mode
Flash the zip and again reboot ("Install ZIP from SD Card")
Its done!

If it asks a pattern at the first time, don't worry, just enter any pattern. It should work.

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Using Cygwin and PC (Again if recovery is not installed)

Computer with windows or Linux Distribution and Cygwin
USB cable for connecting device

Open terminal and type "sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb" without quotes and press enter.

It will install ADB or follow this article to understand well.

Connect your device using cable.
Open terminal and use below commands (please click enter after every command)

adb devices
adb shell
cd data/system
rm *.key

Reboot to complete.
If it asks a pattern at the first time, don't worry, just enter any pattern. It should work.

Using ADB SQL command

Follow above procedure till installing Cygwin and open terminal.
Enter following commands and enter after every command.

adb shell
cd /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases
sqlite3 settings.db
update system set value=0 where name='lock_pattern_autolock';
update system set value=0 where name='lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently';

Your phone must be unlocked.

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Using ADB - Pattern File will be Removed

If you wish to remove the pattern file from device use following command in terminal

adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key

If any other simple method worked pretty well, you are welcome to post here in the comment section, to help others with their specific devices.


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