On my CM9 / ICS 4.0 phone, if I incorrectly enter the drawn pattern five times in a row, it locks itself for 30 seconds. I can't enter any more passwords, but I can click a "forgot my password" button and enter my Google Account password.

On my rooted 4.0.3 tablet running a custom ROM, my lock screen is set with a numeric PIN. If I input it incorrectly five times or more, it locks itself and I can't enter any more passwords.

I'm not offered the option to enter my google account password to bypass this, although I have configured a Google account on the device.

I want to activate the "I forgot" button in order to enter my Google Account credentials. Is it possible?

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    You might also want to check Cannot unlock tablet as have no internet connection? for alternatives.
    – Izzy
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 20:18
  • Favorited, but does not apply to my case: it does not ask me for credentials, and there is no "I forgot" button. Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 22:59
  • Understood. I just thought in case that would lock you out, it would be nice to have some solutions at hand.
    – Izzy
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 23:07
  • Sorry @Izzy, I truly appreciate the effor of a great and active member! I had even upvoted your linked answer. Sorry if I sounded rude... =/ Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 23:12
  • Unfortunately, for my case, apparently there's only the ADB option. I better NEVER forget my password, then. :( Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 23:12

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It will not show if gapps aren't installed on the tablet (some more obscure brands don't come with gapps).

If gapps are installed, then try and enter it incorrectly 20+ times. This will lock you out. You will only see the enter google details screen if the device has gapps (Google Play, Gmail etc).

  • 20 times? Why is it 5 on my phone? Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 17:57
  • @ruda.almeida It's the different UI's. TabletUI must have changed to remove the reset password button.
    – Liam W
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 17:59
  • 1. What is "TabletUI"? Never heard of it. Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 22:48
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    2. I Have typed the incorrect code 20 times. It says "you have typed your PIN incorrectly NNN times, and every 5 times it locks itself for 30 seconds and tell me to wait. Nothing different happened on the 20th time. Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 22:50
  • @ruda.almeida Do you have gapps on the tablet?
    – Liam W
    Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 12:57

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