The Samsung Galaxy S9 is usually protected by a locking screen, which is designed to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to data stored on the smartphone.
The lock screen is usually secured by a pin, password, pattern, or fingerprint. However, apart from the fingerprint, you can also forget the blocking method. This can be quite annoying, because you don't have access to your data anymore.
So what can you do if you have forgotten the unlocking method of the lock screen? Below we have listed the available options and explained them in detail:
Use Android Device Manager to unlock devices
To do this, please open the following website on a PC, Smartphone or Tablet:
You will now need to enter your Gmail account password, with which your Samsung Galaxy S9 is synchronized.
Your smartphone will now be localized by the Android device manager. This requires an Internet connection via W-Lan or mobile Internet on the smartphone.
Localization may take a few minutes. Then please select "Lock". You now need to set a password to lock the smartphone screen. Now enter the password you just set on your Galaxy S9. You can now unlock it and then assign a new lock type.
Samsung Smart Switch Backup or Backup from the Cloud
Another possibility is to install a Samsung Backup via Smart Switch. However, this usually only works if you regularly create backups and know the unlock method you have defined at this point.
To import it backups simply use the Samsung Smart Switch software to import the backup again. Depending on how old the backup is, data may be lost!
Reset to factory settings - Factory reset
The last option is to reset the device to factory settings. All data on the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be deleted and you can set up the device again. This method should be used as a last resort.
For the factory reset, proceed as follows on the Samsung Galaxy S9:
First the smartphone must be switched off. If this is not possible because the pin or pattern is also queried here, then proceed as follows:
Push and hold at the same time:
- Power On/Off
- Volume Quieter
The device will now restart. As soon as the restart begins, you must press the following keys simultaneously:
- Power On/Off
- Volume Loud
This will now conjure up the recovery menu on your Samsung Galaxy S9 screen.
The navigation in the Recovery menu works as follows:
- Volume down --> Scroll down
- Volume Loud --> Scroll Up
- Power On/Off --> Select entry or confirm selection
- Now selects "Wipe Cache/ Factory Reset".
Follow the instructions on the screen and perform the process. All data will now be deleted on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Android reloaded.
As with variant 2, you can then try to import backup data from the Samsung Cloud or via Smart Switch. Of course, this variant also involves a loss of data.
If possible, we recommend you to choose variant no. 1, because you can unlock the Samsung Galaxy S9 very easily without losing any data.