How to Factory Reset Android Phone When Locked Samsung

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Are you locked out of your Samsung Android phone and need to perform a factory reset? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of factory resetting your Samsung Android phone when it’s locked.

Before You Begin

Before we dive into the factory reset process, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Backup Your Data: Performing a factory reset will erase all data on your device. So, it’s crucial to backup any important files, photos, or contacts that you want to keep.
  • Battery Level: Ensure that your phone has enough battery charge or connect it to a power source before proceeding with the reset.
  • Internet Connection: Make sure you have access to a stable internet connection as we may need to download software during the process.

Method 1: Using Find My Mobile (Samsung Account)

If you have previously set up a Samsung account and enabled Find My Mobile on your device, this method can be used to remotely reset your phone. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit Find My Mobile Website: Open your web browser and go to the Find My Mobile website (
  2. Login with Samsung Account: Login using the same Samsung account that is linked to your locked device.
  3. Select Your Device: Once logged in, select your locked device from the list of devices associated with your account.
  4. Erase Data: Look for the “Erase Data” option and click on it. Confirm the action and wait for the reset process to complete.

Method 2: Using Android Recovery Mode

If you don’t have access to your Samsung account or haven’t enabled Find My Mobile, you can use the Android Recovery Mode to factory reset your locked device. Here’s how:

  1. Power Off Your Device: Press and hold the Power button until the power menu appears. Select “Power off” or “Restart” and wait for your device to turn off completely.
  2. Boot into Recovery Mode: Press and hold a combination of buttons (usually Power + Volume Up + Home) to boot your device into Recovery Mode. The key combination may vary depending on your Samsung model.
  3. Navigate and Select Options: In Recovery Mode, use the Volume Up/Down buttons to navigate through the options and the Power button to select them.

    Look for an option like “Wipe data/factory reset” or “Factory data reset” and select it.

  4. Confirm Factory Reset: Confirm the factory reset by selecting “Yes” or “Confirm.” This will initiate the reset process, which may take a few minutes.
  5. Reboot Your Device: Once the reset is complete, select “Reboot system now” to restart your device. It will boot up as if it were brand new, allowing you to set it up from scratch.


Please note that these methods will erase all data on your locked Samsung Android phone, including apps, settings, photos, and files. Therefore, it’s essential to perform a backup if possible. Additionally, these methods may not work on all Samsung models or if your device has certain security measures in place.

By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you should be able to factory reset your locked Samsung Android phone successfully. Remember to proceed with caution and take appropriate measures to backup your data beforehand. If you encounter any issues or have specific concerns, it’s always recommended to reach out to Samsung support for further assistance.

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