To make the stolen Android phones unusable and useless, Google took the Apple way and introduced Factory Reset Protection feature. This feature was introduced with the release of Android Lollipop 5.0.
What it does is whenever you factory reset your phone from the Recovery Mode and boot the device after resetting it, the Android phone will ask you enter the email account information that was used to setup the device. Now if you don’t have email information that was used to setup Android device, you won’t be able to use the device.
Now if you don’t have email information that was used to setup Android device, you won’t be able to use the device.
The major reason why this feature was introduced was to prevent smartphones from being stolen. But there can be several genuine reasons why you want to bypass Android factory reset protection feature.
You might have bought a secondhand device, and the owner did not give the required information to unlock factory reset protection. You can also be the victim of online fraud and now stuck with a device that is useless without unlocking factory reset protection.
Unlike Apple iCloud activation, the Google Android Factory Reset Protection feature has a glitch that allows you to bypass Android factory reset protection in some of the Android phones including Samsung, ZTE, LG, Xiaomi, HTC, Lenovo etc. If you are stuck with one of such devices, try this workaround, and you might successfully bypass Android factory reset protection.
There are two ways to bypass factory reset protection aka FRP on any Android phone. I have listed both the methods below.
Fix 1: Bypass Android Factory Reset Protection using APK
Before we proceed with how to bypass Android factory reset protection, let us see what allows you to bypass this protection feature in Android phone.
As I said earlier, the Android Factory Reset Protection feature only activates when you factory reset your phone using the Recovery Mode. If you directly go to Settings > Factory Reset, this feature will not get activated, and you can use the phone without any problem.
Now what we will be doing here is after Factory Resetting the Android phone using Recovery Mode, we will try to bypass the email screen that appears after the first reboot. If you can bypass the email screen and get access to Settings you can easily Factory Reset the phone and unlock your Android phone.
For that to happen, we need to install a third-party app that is not available on the Google Play Store. So, you have to install the apk file on your device manually.
Note: This method may not work on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above Android version running devices. Note: For this method to work, your phone must have OTG support.
Factory Reset your Android Phone using the Recovery Mode and reboot it/Restart it.
Download Samsung FRP bypass apk file from here.
Now move the downloaded apk file to your USB flash drive.
Reboot your phone and get to the screen where you have to enter email ID and password to proceed.
Now connect the USB flash drive using an OTG cable to your smartphone.
Here you should see the gallery screen as well as the Samsung FRP bypass apk file.
Tap on the apk file to install it. To be able to install apk file you need to enable Unknown sources. Do it by following the onscreen instructions.
Next, install the Samsung FRP bypass apk on your phone.
After the installation, you will be taken to the Settings.
Scroll down and tap Backup and Reset option.
Next, tap on Factory Data Reset.
Tap Erase Device > Erase Everything.
Once the device is reset, the phone will restart. After the restart, setup your phone as you do with a new phone and you have successfully bypassed the FRP lock.
Fix 2: Bypass FRP on Samsung Devices
If you own a Samsung device including SAMSUNG J5, J7, A5, A7, A8, S6, S7, S8 you can bypass the Google Account login after a factory reset with ease.
You can watch the below video to learn how to bypass factory reset protection on Samsung smartphones.
Fix 3: Bypass Factory Reset Protection using QuickShortcutMaker
Alternatively, you can also try to bypass Factory Reset Protection on Android running Samsung device using the Quickshortcutmaker apk file.
After the factory reset, restart your phone and proceed with the setup.
Make sure you are connected to the WiFi.
Next, go to the login screen where you have to enter the Gmail ID and password.
Now enter any random text on the Gmail ID field.
Now long press on the entered text until you see Cut Copy Select All and three dots on the screen.
Tap on three dots and select Assist option.
Deny assistance and tap on Google Search bar.
Now search for Google Account manager apk file and download it on your phone. If a message says that this kind of file can harm your device then ignore it.
Next, download QuickShortcutMaker apk file on your device.
Next step is to install the two apk files that you downloaded to your device.
First, install Google Account Manager.
Tap on the Google Account Manager apk and install it after enabling installation from Unknown Sources.
Next, install QuickShortcutMaker apk file.
After the installation, tap Open to open the QuickShortcutMaker app.
Using the app look for Google Account Manager and sign in to your Android phone using any Gmail ID.
So these are a few workarounds that can get you past the Google account login screen in Android. However, the possibility of these workarounds working for every Android phone is pretty low. All you can do is give it a try and hope for it to work.
You can also visit your phone’s Service Centre to get your phone unlocked. However, make sure that you carry the original bill/invoice of the device with you.