I have an old Nexus 5 which I'm trying to use again because I dropped my current phone.
This Nexus 5 was on 5.0 (the one with the swirling circles right?) and it boots up but I can't get into it.
I am logged into my google account on it because I can see a few months worth of notifications pop up and can read emails sent to me on the lockscreen, but I have a pattern lock on it and cannot remember at all what the shape was.
After googling around, people said that after 5 retries you get the 30 second cooldown and there should be a "Forgot password?" button next to "Emergency call" but that isn't the case. I've got my pattern wrong about 80 times and still the button doesn't show up.
I found other people having the same exact problem and said Android Device Manager was the way to go. ADM sees my phone, I can do the remote calling it feature but if I choose the "Lock and Erase" button it says "request sent[...]" but nothing happens on my PC screen or my phone screen. What is this button supposed to do?
Anyway, so after not being able to get in that way I thought I'd just factory reset it from the bootloader mode, only I cannot get into the bootloader mode. Some websites say to hold Vol-Down + Power others say Vol-Down + Vol-Up + Power but neither of these combinations work for me, it always just boots straight to the white "Google" logo and then the swirling circles.
The phone is unlocked (little unlocked lock symbol under the white "Google" logo on start-up but I don't know if that makes any difference at this point?
I've tried connecting it to my PC and doing "adb devices" and "fastboot devices" but because I am either powered off or just on the lock screen, neither of these find a device.
Is there anyway I can reset my pattern password? Or failing that, just factory reset the phone?
(I tried looking here and elsewhere for the same question but either the person fixes it with ADM or by going into bootloader mode, neither of which I can do.)
Thanks for your time