In this article, we will check the useful Samsung Lock-related tips and tricks. When you need to keep safe anything you want, you protect it at all costs. To make unlocking your phone easier there are multiple lock methods that you can use, including fingerprint recognition, patterns, and PINs.
- Steps to unlock my Galaxy device if I forgot the security PIN, pattern, or password.
- Is my Galaxy device unlocked by an unregistered fingerprint?
Steps to unlock my Galaxy device if I forgot the security PIN, pattern, or password
If you forgot how to unlock your mobile device or if the lock method you registered on your mobile device does not work, you can proceed to unlock your mobile device by using the Find My Mobile feature or using the Smart Lock feature on your mobile device. You can view the detailed steps for each method below.
Unlock your mobile device using the Find My Mobile feature
The Find My Mobile feature, as its name suggests, is a feature that helps you find your mobile device. You can remotely unlock your mobile device by accessing the Find My Mobile website. In order to use this feature, you need to make sure your mobile device has met the following preconditions outlined below.
- The mobile device must be turned on.
- The mobile device must be connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile network.
- Your Samsung account must be registered on your mobile device and have the Remote unlock option enabled.
Please view the details outlined below that provide steps to enable the Remoted to unlock option on your mobile device as well as how to unlock your mobile device using the Find My Mobile website.
How to enable the Remote to unlock option in the Find My Mobile feature
The steps are given below:
Step 1. Go to Settings > Biometrics and security.
Step 2. Tap on Find My Mobile.
Step 3. To enable the Remote unlock option, tap the switch.
How to unlock your mobile device remotely using the Find My Mobile site
Step 1. Open the internet browser on your notebook and input the following website address: https://findmymobile.samsung.com, click on the Sign in button and input the login credentials of your Samsung account, then click on the Sign in button once more.
Step 2. The mobile device registered under your Samsung account will appear on the right side of the screen. If you have multiple devices registered under the same Samsung account, make sure you select the device that needs to be remotely unlocked. Refer to the image below and click on the Unlock icon to unlock your device.
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Step 3. Once you click on Unlock, a pop-up window will appear asking to verify the password of your Samsung account. After you input your password, click on the Next button, the pop-up window will automatically close and another pop-up window will appear with the result of remotely unlocking your device.
Unlock your mobile device using the Smart Lock feature
You can set the device to unlock itself and remain unlocked when trusted locations or devices are detected.
For example, if you have set your home as a trusted location, when you get home your device will detect the location and automatically unlock itself.
- This feature will be available to use after you set a screen lock method.
- If you do not use your device for four hours or when you turn on the device, you must unlock the screen using the pattern, PIN, or password you set.
How to set the Smart Lock feature on your mobile device
Refer below steps:
Step 1. On the Settings screen, tap Lock screen > Smart Lock.
Step 2. Unlock the screen using the preset screen lock method.
Step 3. Select an option and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
The type of Smart Lock methods are:
On body detection: Keep your device unlocked while it’s on you.
Trusted places: Add a location where the device should be unlocked.
Trusted devices: Add a device to keep this one unlocked when it’s nearby.
Note: It is not recommended to use the On-body detection to set as a Smart Lock because this mode is unable to distinguish between the actual owner of the mobile device and a complete stranger.
Is my Galaxy device unlocked by an unregistered fingerprint?
Since Samsung is aware that some of its Galaxy users may experience this under specific circumstances. Recently Samsung knew that a Blue Light Filter of high level can affect to fingerprint recognition algorithm.
And the good news is that this issue has already been resolved with a software update which will be available in the upcoming days. Therefore, please check for updates to your device SW regularly via the FOTA or Smart Switch PC.
Things to remember:
- Please delete the existing registered fingerprint and deactivate Blue Light Filter feature until new maintenance software will be released.
- After updating to new software, delete the registered existing fingerprint as well and register a new fingerprint.
- Even though you had unlocked the device by only a pattern, not a fingerprint, you have to delete the registered existing pattern and register again for enhanced security after the software update.
Note: Samsung is committed to providing the best possible mobile experience to customers
and always encourages its users to keep their software and apps updated to the latest version.
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