How to Unlock a Cell Phone Keypad Without a Password

Updated April 17, 2017

Password-protected safety features on modern cell phones are important considering how easy it is to lose or misplace such small devices. The last thing you would want is a stranger having access to all the contact and personal information on your phone. But unfortunately, if you forget your password you can have great difficulty accessing your device. Fortunately, cell phones can be unlocked even without a password handy.

Check the manual for your cell phone for a section on how to reset your phone's lock capability. The heading should read something like "password reset" or "undo lock." If your manual doesn't contain such a section, go to the website of your phone's service provider and search for one there. You will find a particular key combination that you must enter in order to reset your phone's password-guarded lock.

Enter the reset combination pattern. Usually this will be a simple combination of two or three keys pressed at once or in sequence. Buttons like "Send," "Menu" and arrow keys are more commonly used in such combinations than numbers. If your manual did not provide you a key, try experimenting with a few simple combinations; you might get lucky and stumble upon the correct one.

Restart your phone after receiving some signal that the correct reset combination has been entered. When you turn the phone back on, the password should be reset, and you will be prompted to enter a new one. If this does not occur, turn off your phone again and remove the batteries. Reinsert them after three to four minutes and restart your phone. You can also try finding and depressing your phone's reset button. You can usually find it on the back of your phone, or tucked away somewhere in the battery compartment. Use a needle or pen point to depress it if you can't reach it with your finger. Note that this may cause you to lose contacts, wallpapers and other data added to your phone since its purchase.

Call your service provider if all else fails and request to reset the password on your phone. You may have to pay a small fee and wait some time for the reset to occur. Write down the unlock code your service provider gives you and enter it into your phone. It should unlock right away.

Send in your phone to your service provider if they request that you do so. This is a provision many companies take in order to prevent identity theft and related crimes. Pay the fee and your provider should send the phone back to you unlocked and ready for use.

Don't forget your password this time! The last thing you want is to go through this process all over again.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone
  • Cell phone manual
  • Internet connection
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About the Author

Eric Fenton has been writing for journalistic and scientific publications since 2005. He has previously written for "The Pen," where he was the opinion editor. He now works as a copy editor for the "News-Letter." He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.