# Factory reset without accessing phone settings

I have a Micromax A35 Android(2.3.5) phone which has been locked by repeated wrong attempts of the pattern lock.

Now the display screen asks me to enter my Google account username and password, but the WiFi and the mobile networks are disabled.

Is there a way to factory reset the phone without having access to the settings?

First, even without having a network connection, you can try to unlock it with your Google account data. Usually the device stores a "token", so you might be able to log in.

Second, if that does not help, you might want to take a look at the tag-wiki, and at Cannot unlock tablet as have no internet connection?. There might still be a chance to unlock your device.

If nothing else helps, a factory-reset can also be done from the :

• Shut down your device
• hold the Vol + button and keep it pressed while additionally press the Power button. Keep both pressed until a text-menu appears
(if that doesn't work, try again while substituting Vol + with Vol -)
• use the volume buttons to select "Factory Reset"
• execute the item (usually done by short-pressing the Power button or by pressing the 'show more' button at the bottom-left of your phone)
• I tried the key combos: But I get the a screen with various TEST options with Vol+...and a fast boot with Vol-....All three together also didn't work.... but no option to reset the phone... – Sangeet Menon Apr 15 '13 at 10:27
• Sorry, but I don't know the device -- so the above was rather the "general way" as it works on most devices. But when you can enter fastboot mode, and have the fastboot tools on your laptop/PC, you might be able to do a fastboot -w (see CyanogenMod Wiki: Fastboot). See also Is there a minimal installation of ADB? if you don't want to install the entire Android SDK for that. – Izzy Apr 15 '13 at 10:54
• thanks I tried that but, I keep getting error: device not found... – Sangeet Menon Apr 15 '13 at 11:56
• Which OS (Windows/Mac/Linux)? On Windows, you might need to install the device drivers first. On Linux (and most likely Mac, too) run fastboot as root. – Izzy Apr 15 '13 at 12:26
• @Izzy if someone steals a phone, they can reset it from fast boot and use it? Isn't this a security vulnerability? – rahuldottech Jul 1 '16 at 6:45

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