There are times when one is grateful for the phone lock, right? Yet, there are times when you are cursing the moment you decided to lock your phone. The latter comes when you lock yourself out of your phone. However, you need panic; because we have created the ultimate guide for you.
The bad news is that you will have to wipe your phone. Since no magic combination will help you get back in your phone or reset the timer for how long until you are able to try the code again; you are left with the only option of wiping your phone. The only alternative is to rely on military-grade forensics software.
Sure, you can find many guides on how to get into a locked phone. But you should steer clear of them; they are not updated for the recent versions of iOS or Android. They are meant for the older versions that had loopholes but rest assured; the loopholes have been fixed.
In the best case scenario, you will have a recent backup of your phone readily available on your Google or Apple account. Most of the phones do this on their own. In fact, depending upon the OS you have, certain apps will also have their backups stored on your account. This means that recovering your stuff will only require the password of that account from you.
If you have an iPhone, simply connect it to a computer that is running iTunes. You can visit an Apple Store and use the iTunes there once you have connected the phone, force-restart the iPhone. For iPhone 8 and X or later models, you will have to press and release Volume Up followed by pressing and releasing Volume Down and then holding Sleep/Wake button until the phone says that it is in recovery mode. For iPhone 7, press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down button until the phone goes into the recovery mode. For iPhone 6 and previous models, hold the Home button and Sleep/Wake button. The computer will ask if you want to restore or update the phone. Select the option to ‘restore.’
For most of the Android devices, simply switch the device off and hold the Volume Down and Power button at the same time to reboot the phone into the special diagnostics mode. You can use the volume buttons to navigate the menu and use the power button to make a selection. Over here, select the Recovery Mode option and when the phone starts to reboot; press and hold Power and tap Volume Up. Select the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option. Once the phone has been wiped, switch on the phone.
Now you can simply follow the official guides of Apple and Google for restoring your backup. For future reference, make sure that you create backups of everything so that you don’t end up losing your data.