A friend of mine tried to guess my pattern so my phone got locked, asking for gmail account and password. The thing is that i used to use a program for keyboard symbols cause one of the symbols there is $. However the phone is locked so i cannot use this program. I cannot write my password down. Am i doomed to factory reset? i can't remember if i have usb debugging enabled and my GT-B5512 is not rooted. I have literally searched everywhere for $ but i can't find it!!! Is there a way to connect my phone to pc in order to use its keyboard? Or another way to solve this?

  • Every standard keyboard on Android should be able to produce a $-sign. Are you able to switch the keyboard plane? – Flow Apr 16 '13 at 21:06
  • no i am not able to to switch the keyboard plane. I am from Europe so my phone is able to produce €, english pound and every other weird currency sign except the dollar sign :/ – xapnsma Apr 16 '13 at 21:26
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    You might want to take a look at the locked-out tag wiki for some first aid, and then especially at Cannot unlock tablet as have no internet connection?. – Izzy Apr 16 '13 at 21:35
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    What if you hold down the pound key or another character? – trpt4him Apr 17 '13 at 1:38
  • Is this what your phone looks like? – ZnewmaN Apr 17 '13 at 15:05

Hook up an external keyboard with a Micro USB OTG adapter.

Monoprice has one here http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10833&cs_id=1083314&p_id=9724&seq=1&format=2


The following performs a :

  1. power off your android phone/tablet
  2. press and hold volume up or volume down button
  3. press power button along with holding volume button, press and hold it for 5 seconds, after 5 second release power button (but not volume button). After few you will see the root menu, now release the volume button also
  4. move the cursor down to "wipe data " using the volume down button, to select it use the power button

Now your android phone/tablet will restart in 3 seconds; after the restart you will be able to use it again.

  • Well, the question is asking to "Back up files" in its title. From its text one can assume OP knows how to factory-reset ("wipe data"). And wiping data does not backup anything, on the contrary... – Izzy Oct 31 '13 at 8:02

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