The safety of mobile devices is a major concern of users, due to all the sensitive data they contain. To make the device safer, Google introduced Android 5.0, known as Android Lollipop, a new security measure called Factory Reset Protection (FRP). If you are familiar with restoring factory settings of Android devices, you have understood what FRP is. TheFactory Reset Protection keeps smartphone data safe in case the device is stolen. It does this by requesting authentication after a factory reset to make the device usable. But sometimes it may be helpful to bypass Factory Reset Protection on the phone.
Imagine this scenario: you lost your device or were stolen. Now, the first thing a thief would factory reset the device so you could personally use it or sell it to someone else. But since he has connected your device to the Google account and you have set a security option (PIN, password, etc.), the thief will not be able to perform a factory reset from the settings. He will necessarily have to do it by default larecovery (which by the way is a very simple procedure).
Once the factory reset has been done and the device configuration process begins, this will ask you to enter the password of the Google account to which it was previously connected. This is the Factory Reset Protection. If the password is not entered, the device cannot be used by the thief. For further information on this function, I suggest you also read the guide:Factory Reset Protection: what you need to know.
What if, instead of losing your device, you forget your Google Account password yourself? You're blocked; it cannot make it usable through the factory reset of the device (due to FRP). You already know that, in order to activate FRP, you need to connect a Google Account to the device, set a security option and factory reset the device via the stock recovery menu. If you happen to have a Samsung device (probably a recent Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, S7 / S7 Edge, Note 5, etc.) with Factory Reset Protection active, this can be bypassed with a series of steps.
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here is the guide to bypass Factory Reset Protection on Samsung devices. This compatible guide on Samsung smartphones that have installed any version of Android.
It is important to point out that with this not quite simple procedure, bypass Factory Reset Protection on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. If you have one of these devices, I recommend you follow the procedure in the following guide:
Bypassare Factory Reset Protection on Samsung
Requirements for carrying out the procedure
- An active SIM card.
- A Wi-Fi connection.
- A PC.
- A USB cable.
How to bypass Factory Reset Protection on Samsung devices
- Turn off your phone and make sure an active SIM card is inserted.
- If you are not on the smartphone configuration screen, format the device completely. You can do this by installing an official firmware via Odin (you can find many guides on Guideitech depending on your smartphone model).
- After formatting is complete, proceed with the first configuration by selecting the language.
- Connect to a Wi-Fi network, when prompted, and then click Next.
- Accept the terms and conditions and move on.
- At this point the screen that forces you to verify your Google account will appear.
Now the second phase begins. The following operations must be performed on your PC.
- Download to your PC RealTerm 2.0.7 and Android Samsung USB Drivers.
- Install both the tools you just downloaded.
- Now connect the Samsung smartphone to the PC via the USB cable.
- On the PC, right-click on the iconThis PC orComputer(depends on the version of Windows installed on your computer) and selectManage.
- In the left bar selectManage device(Device Manager) and then on the right selectModem (the arrow pointing right to expand the menu).
- Right click onSAMSUNG mobile USB Modems and then selectproperties.
- Click on the tabModem and take note of the door number (the wording Port: COMXwhere instead of the X there is a number; in my caseCOM4).
- At this point start the programRealTerm and make sure that at least two green lights are lit on the right.
- In the sectionDisplay make sure your voice is activeHalf Duplex.
- In the sectionPortcheck the writing next to itPortthe number you previously stored is present. If not, enter it manually and then click onChange.
- Now go to the sectionSend. In the first field at the top you have to enter commands and then select the buttonSend ASCIIafter each row inserted. Follow this step carefully. This is the first command:
- After entering this command in the first field, select the buttonSend ASCIIpresent on the same line.
- Do the same with this second command:
- After entering the second command and clicking onSend ASCII, a call will start on the smartphone. On the phone click onCreate contact.
Many have reported the absence of the buttonCreate contact on your smartphone. Our readerAlessiohe solved the mystery and wanted to share the solution with all of us. If the aforementioned key is not present, it should be solved by simply ending the call by pressing the red key while it is in progress. Subsequently other options will appear including the famous one add contact. Thanks again to Alessio for the report.
- Select the device as memory in which to save the contact and giveGuideitech as a name.
- Scroll down the page, click on the fieldOther, selectWebsite address, insertwww.google.com and finally save the contact.
- The phone will return to the account verification screen.
- On the PC, type this command:
- Click the buttonSend ASCII.
- You will receive a call on the phone again. Click on the button to end the call and then selectSee contact.
- At this point, click on the earth-shaped button in the web address field and you will see the browser open with a google.com page.
- Now disconnect the phone from the PC.
- From your phone's browser, access this link:http://www.techoxygen.com/download-google-account-manager-latest-version-apk/
- Download the latest version ofGoogle Account Managerfor the operating system installed on the Samsung smartphone. I recommend, choose the version compatible with the version of Android on the phone, otherwise there may be problems.
- Now always in the browser go to the addresshttp://www.techoxygen.com/download-quick-shortcut-maker-apk-latest-version/and download the fileQuickShortcutManager.Apk.
- Go back in the browser go to the site www.samsung.com/levant/apps/mobile/galaxyapps/.
- You will be sent back to the official Samsung website from which you must click on the logoSamsungGalaxy Apps to launch the Samsung store integrated in the phone.
- Now that you are inside the Samsung store, look for the appES File Explorerand install it. To be able to download it you need a Samsung account. If you don't have one, you can create it on the fly.
- At the end of the installation, open Es File Explorer and go to the folderDownload.
- You will find the two apps downloaded previously. Click on firstGoogle Account Manager.apk (if a message appears telling you that you cannot install the app, click on Settings, enable unknown sources and then go back proceeding with the installation).
- At the end of the installation, click onQuick Shortcut Maker and install it.
- Open the last installed application (at the end of the installation you are offered the button You opento open it) and in the search field typeGoogle Account Manager.
- Select the first result to open the drop-down menu relating to the app.
- In Google Account Manager, click on the itemGoogle Account Manager – Enter your email and password.
- In the new screen select the buttonTry out.
- At the top right select the three dots to open the menu (or the physical button at the bottom left depending on the smartphone) and thenBrowser access.
- At this point, log in with a Google Account you know email and password.
After logging into your Google account, hold down the power button and restart your phone. Congratulation, you have successfully bypassed Factory Reset Protection on your phone. At this point go to settings -> Backup and Restore -> Factory data reset -> Format phone. The phone will be completely formatted.
When you proceed with the first configuration, enter the Google account that you used in the last steps of the guide and you can use your smartphone without problems.
The procedure to bypass Factory Reset Protection is very long but it is worth following it to recover the smartphone. If you have any problems, please let us know via the comments.
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