So i locked myself out of my GalaxyS1(i9000) I Have lots of stuff on there that i really need. I have no wifi or data connection on,debugging is off,no root. only bluetooth on... I know it seems like a lost cause but i really need a creative way in.. Thanks..

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Method 1:

(If you have rooted device and activated adb from developer options on your phone previously. I have mentioned it here so it may help others.)

  1. Download and install adb kits and driver from here
  2. Connect the phone via usb to your pc
  3. In command prompt type the commands below

    • adb shell
    • cd data/system
    • su
    • rm *.key
  4. Reboot.

Disclaimer: I'm not responsible if you brick your device by this method. Think carefully before doing it.

Method 2:

  1. Download Aroma File Manager and place it in your sdcard.(Rename it to update.zip if needed)
  2. Go to recovery mode by powering off your device and press Volume up + Home then Power button.
  3. Select update/install zip from sdcard and flash the aroma zip.
  4. Go to /data/system
  5. To remove pattern lock delete gesture.key and If you want to remove password, delete password.key
  6. Reboot.

If these thing doesn't work I am afraid that you have to do a Hard Reset from Recovery.

Suggestion: If you don't have privacy issue always backup your important documents(like:- contacts, messages etc.) in cloud or sync them with google's backup services.

  • OP already claims no debugging and no root, so M1 is DOA; M2 is actually very viable, but problem is he doesn't have a custom recovery yet, and if he's still on official ROM (Android 2.x), chances are the custom recoveries available (CWM 5.x) won't support Aroma. +1 for nice try.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 7:47
  • If he doesn't have warranty he can flash a custom recovery in the first place.
    – Sp4Rx
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 13:35
  • where woulld i get CWM 5.x zip file?
    – joeliy
    Commented Sep 28, 2016 at 23:16
  • You can get it here. Please try to google your prob , in most cases you will find an answer. @joeliy
    – Sp4Rx
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 12:35

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