Too Many Pattern Attempts? Here is a Quick Fix


“Too many pattern attempts” is quite common error faced by Pattern unlock Android users that unfolds when 20 incorrect pattern unlock tries have been made accidentally (or deliberately). Many situations lead to this Phone lock, like maybe your Kid thought of it as an interesting game or someone intentionally wanted to lock you out of your smartphone. When this happens, your Android phone automatically suggests you to log in with your linked Google account and change the Pattern lock, but most of the times it is not as easy as it seems. This is because you might  not have turned your Wi-Fi or carrier Internet service on and also this error seems to be a common bug in most of the Android Phones.

So, even if you are sure about your Linked Google Account user name and Password there is a possibility that you may not still be able to get access to your Android phone by this method. When this happens there are always other effective methods you can try and resolve your problem

In this post we have collected all the methods that you can use to get rid of Too many pattern attempts error.

Method 1: Enabling Google Account

One of the main reasons why you may not be able to access your Android device with your Linked Google account is because you might have multiple accounts set up on your Phone like Facebook/YouTube or Twitter account. This leads to technical confusion and in the steps that follow we will guide you on how to unable these multiple accounts except your Google Account. It should however be noted that this method is not supposed to work with every Android device but there is no harm in trying.

Android too Many Pattern Attempts

Step 1: Power off and then Power on your Android device.

Step 2: Start Tapping home button fast(4-5 times/sec) right after you see you Phone’s logo on screen. During this process you might notice Emergency call button popping up often and in that case you need to keep on tapping it and the home button simultaneously. Also, password or keypad screen may flash on your screen few times and you will also notice a lag time due to tapping and this is a part of the process.

Step 3: If this process has worked for you, you will see your Android home buttons at the bottoms which confirms that you have gained access to your device. If it doesn’t work for the first time, try again and you might want to take help of some other tech savvy guy with swift fingers to ensure fast tapping. The success rate of this process is about 15-50% so you might want to try again until you succeed.

Step 4: After you have gained access to your device navigate to Settings>Accounts & Sync.

Step 5: Now, under mange accounts remove all accounts except Google.

Step 6: Power off and On your device again, enter your Google account User Name and Password and you are ready to set a new pattern lock for your Android device.

Method 2: Using Desktop App

There is an App available on Desktop Android Online store and it can bee used free to bypass Android pattern lock.  The app is named as Screen Lock Bypass Pro and works only if you remember the username and Password of Google account that is linked with your Android Device. The app basically helps you bypass your device’s Pattern lock so you can enter the settings and change it from your Desktop.

Desktop Android Pattern Unlock

Step 1: Log in using your Google Account Username and Password from Desktop Browser on play.google.com. It is necessary that you use the same Google account you have linked your Android device with. Once you are in the market Download Screen Lock Bypass Pro

Step 2: Select your Phone and wait for the app to Install.

Step 3: Go to Settings from your Desktop app then navigate to Accounts & Sync>Manage Accounts and remove all accounts except your Google account.

Step 4: Now, power off your device to trigger Too many pattern Attempts again and then Log in using your Google Account again to properly set new Pattern Lock.

Method 3: Using Google Account

This final method is supposed to work for almost all Android device’s but does come with some pre-requisites. This method will only work if you know the username and password of the Google account you have linked with your Android Device and you should also remember the original Pattern Lock.  However, if you don’t recall the Google account you linked your device with you can confirm it by logging into your Google account from you browser and then navigating to market.android.com/account . If this is account you have linked your Android device with, you will be able to see your device in settings tab. In case you don’t find your device here, you have probably linked some other Google ID with your device.

Step 1: Log in to your Google account from Desktop browser.

Step 2: Go to https://accounts.google.com/IssuedAuthSubTokens OR click your e-mail on the top right corner, select Account settings, then hit “Visit the previous version of the Google accounts screen” towards the bottom, click “Authorizing applications & sites ” under your Personal Settings > Security.

Step 3: Under “Connected Sites, Apps & Services – “Revoke Access” of your Google Account with Android. You will see the screen showing “You have successfully revoked access to Full Account Access”

Step 4: Now you can enter your Google account Username and Password on your Device and it will accept it this time. You can then draw new pattern lock and gain access to your device.

 

70 Comments

  1. Saravanan

    January 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

    But, my phone got locked with out a data connection….
    Can you help me out, I could not restore to factory reset either…

  2. Diane

    January 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I can’t unlock and my tablet got locked out without a wifi connection

    • Faizan Bhatt

      February 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      You can try the hard reset… but all your data will be lost. This can be done for most of the headsets by Switching off. Switching on with power button and Volume/up/down Keys simultaneously.

      • Eliz Serrano

        April 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        Another Method.?

  3. duke

    February 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    i tried the 1st method and i do see the home icons but it just goes in a flash n cant enter settings :/
    and the 3rd method i guess i screwed my self by revoking since i have no internet on the phone.. no wifi or carrier net :’(
    mine android phone is a MOTOROLA RAZR xt910 so the second method app is incompatible.. ?? please help me pal :(

  4. annejoseph

    February 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    i forgot my google account password

    • jyxylgonzales

      May 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      go to google account recovery and click i forgot my password click taht and it will appeard …..and you can change your password\

  5. Ujjwal

    March 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    it worked

  6. Vinod

    March 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks a lot. I feel like “the man” after unlocking my sis-in-law’s phone just by following your instructions.. Sad part is they think that I am some sorta hacker.. But what the heck I will carry that pride until I am caught.. ;)
    Regarding the approach which worked for me was – Method 3. However the phone in question was locked out without wifi on and data connection was never enabled. But I did manage to turn on the wifi by making a call to the said phone from another number and during the call I could access the notification bar and hence I could enable wifi. Later it was your Method 3 which made me look a hero.. Thanks a lot for your detailed instructions… Keep up the good work :)

    • Gj

      April 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks for the tip about enabling wifi when accessing a call. I called my phone from the landline, enabled wifi and was able to login..

      • Uzair

        April 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        Great, glad to hear it helped!

      • chaitralee

        May 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        How to enabled wifi?

    • Zafir

      May 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Hey will any any body tell me how to activate the wifi….as 3rd method has worked for some of u…kindly tell me how to active the wifi….vinod can u help me???

  7. ujjwal

    March 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

    man it didnt work

  8. shahrul

    April 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    too many pattern attempts.cannot open phone garmin asus a10

  9. Pankaj

    April 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Hi,
    I have HTC Desire SV and the screen got locked due to multiple Pattern attempts. I know the correct pattern and the google account’s user id paassword but nothing works. I tried ypor Method1, but it doesn’t work :(.
    The Wi-fi / data connection was not active on my phone when it got locked. Will Method 3 be still applicable on my mobile. Please help.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Tega

    April 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

    I have not linked my google account with my phone and it is asking for a google account username and password. What should i do in that case.

    • Shubh

      May 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      i also have the same problem…

  11. Sanil Tamang

    April 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    can’t unlock the phone after reaching the attempt of 100 and above the phone doesn’t show the forgotten pattern button plz help me?????

  12. Ravi

    April 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I forgot my my google password on pattern lock symphoney model:K920 how to unlock help me?

  13. mohammed

    April 22, 2013 at 12:29 am

    its showing Invalid username or password, but my mail account is working fine what I dO now help.

  14. kathyhernandez

    April 28, 2013 at 10:50 am

    How to unlock a lte 4g by forgotteb it

  15. Chaitra

    April 30, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Thank You. Thank You. Thank You for posting.
    Method 3 worked for me. What you need is good wifi. After revoking all my google accounts(I also signed off from Face book from my PC), I tried to login on my phone, but it did not work. I had almost given up, when I went home from work and tried again on my home wifi and it worked (home wifi is fast).

    • Uzair

      April 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Awesome – so glad to hear!

  16. wat

    April 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Method 3 (Using Google Account) worked on my phone – Samsung Galaxy S II, for recovering from “Too Many Pattern Attempts” error. Thanks a lot for the tip!

    • Uzair

      April 30, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Great glad to hear it!

  17. Muhammad Anas

    May 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    But what about Tablet PCs. You cant make a call to tablet PCs so method 3 isnt applicable to tablets?? I have an XPOD 4.0.4 ICS tablet that has been locked on “too many pattern attempts” and nothing is working for me!! I cant even boot to recovery as it does not boot to recovery after trying all possible combination (i.e power+volume up or volume down or both) I will be glade if you could advice me!

    • Uzair

      May 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Let me post your comment here and see if anyone has any ideas to help you.

  18. ganesh kale

    May 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Method 3 (Using Google Account) worked on my phone – Samsung Galaxy S II, for recovering from “Too Many Pattern Attempts” error. Thanks a lot for the tip!

    • Uzair

      May 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Great! Glad to hear it worked for you.

  19. nova

    May 3, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Alhamdulillah, I’have try to hard reset,

    The important things is you must press the + (increrase) volume button and power button in the same time, and do it for several time, until you got in to the recovery mode, and choose the “wipe data factory reset”, and choose yes.
    after the process complete, choose reboot. :)

    note:
    to move the crussor, you can use the volume button to up and down. :)

  20. Name (required)

    May 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    none of the methods worked for me.
    my phone is an Orange San Francisco (same as ZTE Blade). I tried method 3 which didn’t work as my phone isn’t connected to the internet.
    the problem is that I disabled wifi when the phone was still on to save energy, so even though I do have my google account name and password these can’t be verified by the phone (no internet connection).
    unfortunately, I couldn’t activate wifi by receiving a phone call either, which may be a problem of the model.
    I hope someone who is working on developing these safety systems is reading my post and will change future models accordingly. it doesn’t make sense to me that now, even though I know all my passwords, I will have to reset my phone and lose all my data. rather, it should be possible to unblock the phone even when no internet connection is there.

  21. Charu

    May 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    The 3rd option worked.

    thanks a ton

  22. Diana

    May 18, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Hi, I solved my problem, I have activated the 2 step verification in google account! If that’s also your case just disable it.

  23. Mayur Kedari

    May 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    i tried the 1st method and i do see the home icons but it just goes in a flash n cant enter settings :/
    and the 3rd method i guess i screwed my self by revoking since i have no internet on the phone.. no wifi or carrier net :’(
    mine android phone is a HTC Dedsire C so the second method app is incompatible… ? please please help me

  24. rami

    May 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    hi

    actualy my friend tried to unlock my phone so he ended up killing the phone and now a screeen is showing please insert recovery password to unlock the phone!

    how can i get the recovery password?

    any help

  25. Sumit Kumar

    June 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Hi,
    I have Sumsung GT6802, the screen got locked due to multiple Pattern attempts. I know the correct pattern and the google account’s user id paassword but nothing works. I tried Method1, but it doesn’t work :( .
    The Wi-fi / data connection was not active on my phone when it got locked. Will Method 3 be still applicable on my mobile. Please help.

    Thanks in advance.

  26. Zakir

    July 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Guys,

    FIX: Samsung Galaxy S2

    If it’s a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone that has locked and you have turned off mobile data, simply hold the power button for 3 seconds when on, and select the ‘Data Network Mode’ to activate your data.

    Then you should be able to log in to your GMail account and there you go.

    Hope it work for you.

    Cheers
    Zak

  27. kalwinder

    August 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    THank YOu!!
    IT WOrked for me
    Thanks a lot.

    • vishal shinde

      October 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

      i have face the problem with pattern lock i have not internet connection and give the pattern lock.
      how to unlock pattern lock without internet connection for idea 3G smartphone.so please suggest.

  28. thandi ngodwana

    August 6, 2013 at 3:58 am

    How can i recover my google password using another email address

  29. Akbar

    August 11, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I have China Andirod having the problem of user name and password. I tried hard reset by pressing power button and volume up button but got some other date having no factory reset, so help me if any one can?

    • Clement

      October 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

      Akba thnks, i have jus tried ur pwr pressing & volume up solution, it jus worked for me, i hv samsung galaxy tablet & i blv its chinese, couldnt remember my pattern draw access.

  30. David

    August 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    mine is an easytouch android tablet pc and i dont have a wifi connection and i have the same problem which says too many pattern attempts how do i solve it

  31. karain

    August 26, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Please help… I have google info but phone will not prompt for this regardless of attempts

  32. jaiz

    September 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    i have no volume key,how can i unlock my pattern?

  33. Jai Ganesh

    September 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Hi,

    My LG smartphone was locked

    I was forget my pattern and the mobile networks was disable, But i know Email i’d and password.

    How could i unlock, Pl helpme.

    Jai Ganesh.

  34. jacques

    September 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    me too i have a problem of my GT-B5510 SAMSUNG which was locked because of many pattern attempts and unfortunately i do not remember my Google account and password as well .please help if possible urgently

  35. tami

    September 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    zakir !
    THANK YOU !
    it worked perfrctly !!!

  36. jekathish

    September 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Im having an Taiwan made “Anderon” tablet ,in pattern lock so many attempts,next move to the Google mail Acct verification mode,default WiFi- Off mode ,its not workout ,then try factory Hard Reset button ,its not workout ,then try vol up & down buttons & power on keys not workout ,download the SDK bundle & ADB files via USB cable ,my system identify my tablet as a External drive only ,not a device ,so i again try to find the updatedevice driver for my tablet is not found ,how can unlock my pattern lock,pl help me ?

  37. rosey

    October 23, 2013 at 7:40 am

    hey it did not work pliz pliz pliz help my phone is ZTE pliz jst let me know

  38. arnel tenorio

    October 24, 2013 at 9:32 am

    My mypad2 a tablet is urn to too many patterns attempt… i already tried the hard reset but still not worked… what should i do?? Thank u…

  39. Clement

    October 29, 2013 at 2:42 am

    How can i tell between a chinese samsung galaxy tab & an original especially from the cover?

  40. Prem khelgikar

    November 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

    i have face the problem with pattern lock i have not internet connection and give the pattern lock.
    how to unlock pattern lock without internet connection for idea 3G smartphone.so please suggest.

  41. larry

    November 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I have s3 galaxy verizon and have tryed hard boot and will not hard boot (factory reset) and have tryed many other things and will not work really would love the help

  42. JOY

    November 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    MY PAD2 TABLET IS ON TO MANY PATTERNS ATTEMPTS I LAREADY TRIED HARD RESET BUT STILL NOT WORKED…WHAT SHOULD I DO?tHANK U AS ADVANCE

  43. ani

    December 8, 2013 at 9:38 am

    i have a samsung galaxy s2.it was locked by pattern lock.someone tried to open it bt he gave wrong pattern. so it wanted now google account to open.i gave my google account bt it didnt work.what can i do now.someone plz help me….

  44. Gilla

    December 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Help me ! How can I open my Samsung Galaxy S II if I tried so many times in the patterns but I forgot my email and password in my google account so I made another google account how can I unlock it when I’m using another account? Please help me I’ve been searching about it on weeks. I want to use it again. Please help. :(

  45. Navaid

    January 12, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Thanks almighty ALLAH and i m very thankful to you for help me i back my android without factory setting

  46. karl

    January 13, 2014 at 6:36 am

    ints not working , my phone is sonic cherry mobile plss help?

  47. Meluleki

    January 15, 2014 at 2:38 am

    My android was locked so that time the data was of can you help me

  48. shivani dhasmana

    January 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    How to unlock my samsung galaxy y duos pattern lock when internet connection is also off.

  49. pauline

    January 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    the revoke staff is not working for me yet my browser tells me exactly per our instructions that i have successfully revoked access to full account

  50. pauline

    January 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    please help

  51. Lyn Salve Mae Belciña -Tan

    January 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    why is it not working there is nothing that pop up like REMOVE LOCK PASSWORD its all black nothing pops up at all could you help me:) Its brand is
    iTechie

  52. Lyn Salve Mae Belciña -Tan

    January 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    My tablet is iTechie why isnt it worked all of it,There is nothing that pops up like REMOVE LOCK PASSWORD Its just all black could you help me with this?:)
    its just that I could not repair it in where I bought it co’z i lost my reciept

  53. Matau motaung

    March 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I tried the method bt stillit says my username and password are wrong

  54. rinzin dorji

    March 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    dear guys help me.
    my phone is samsung galaxy core and due to so many tries by my friend the pattern got lock so i am unable to unlock it as both data connection and wifi is off.

  55. Michi

    March 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    i lived in the philippines and my tablet is myphone mypad 2 ad its locked after too many patterns attempts! without wifi on.. i tried searching youtube, still useless. tried doing the factory reset, doesn’t work… PLEASE HELP!

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