Before Android OS version 5.1 (Lollipop), anyone who found your device could easily bypass the lock (numeric PIN or pattern) with a quick factory reset. To fix this, Google introduced Google Verification or Factory Reset Protection.
While the introduction of factory reset protection is supposed to make a lost device unusable, there is a catch. This Android device protection feature can lock you from your device if you no longer remember your login details or if you buy a used device with an account that has not yet been set up.
Here is what you need to do.
What is factory reset protection?
Factory Reset Protection (FRP) is an integrated security function on Android devices with OS version 5.1 (Lollipop) or higher. FRP is automatically activated when you set up a Google account on your Android device.
FRP prevents someone trying to reset your phone from getting over the initial setup screen. It’s an anti-theft measure that reduces the incentive to steal the device in the first place, as it effectively disables it. In order to use the phone, one must log in with the Google username and password previously set up on the device.
How to turn off FRP to bypass Google Account Verification
As mentioned before, once you sign in to your phone with your Google account, FRP is activated automatically. To disable it, all you need to do is remove the Google account from your Android device.
Disabling FRP is probably the easiest solution available to bypass Google verification. You should always do this if you plan to sell or give away your phone, or if you buy a used device, check to see if the seller removed their account before purchasing.
- Go to settings.
- Tap Cloud and accounts (or Accounts with some brands).
- Choose Accounts.
- Navigate to your Google Account and tap remove account.
- Confirm that you want to remove your account by tapping Remove account, or I agree (or whatever positive action you’re asked to take).
Note that this method only removes the security of factory reset from your device. It won’t unlock. So when you go abroad, you need to unlock your Android phone separately using the SIM card.
If you still want to maintain some level of phone security after disabling FRP, these Android apps that take pictures of phone sniffers can help.
What if you don’t remove your Google Account?
If you don’t remove your Google Account, the phone will go into Google reactivation lock. If the reactivation lock is activated, you will not be able to use the device even after a factory reset. unless you turn off reactivation lock. Here is How to turn off or turn on Samsung reactivation lock.
How to bypass Google Account Verification
There is no official way to bypass Google Account verification as it is an essential security feature. Verification can be difficult to bypass for most brands (especially the latest models) as many FRP workarounds are based on security issues that are often fixed with the latest Android security updates.
You can consider using online unlocking software. Some of these programs claim that they can quickly unlock the screen by removing the Android phone’s PIN, password, fingerprint, and pattern, although there are no guarantees that they will work.
So, if you’ve bought a used phone, we recommend that you ask the previous owner to unlock it for you before trying an FRP bypass procedure.
Bypassing Google account verification isn’t easy
Google account verification takes more than factory resetting an Android device to unlock it. The good news is that removing your account before resetting your phone and giving it to someone else is easy to avoid.
Another way to lock your phone out is to forget your Android passcode. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can get back into it.