1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    I have a Moto phone that's about 2 years old. I've been quite happy with it but turned off my phone going on a flight to France, didn't use the phone for a week, now can't remember the pattern I had (premature senility). Can I just log in with my thumb print? or my google user name and password? or anything ....

    Help.

    Mike
    11-26-2018 04:05 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Even if you have fingerprint unlock turned on, Android phones typically will still ask you for your backup PIN/password/pattern on occasion (especially after powering off and then powering back on). This is for added security. Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do -- there's no legitimate way of recovering your pattern, since that would make it a pretty poor security measure. Your only option at this point would be to do a hardware key factory reset (which will require you to enter your Google account and password -- hopefully you remember that), which will wipe the phone, of course.
    11-26-2018 04:51 PM
  3. belodion's Avatar
    Try entering several wrong patterns to get the phone to prompt you for your backup PIN.


    Sigh. Posted same moment as above.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-26-2018 04:52 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I think the problem is that the pattern is the OP's backup, assuming they set up their fingerprint sensor.
    belodion likes this.
    11-26-2018 05:26 PM
  5. belodion's Avatar
    I think the problem is that the pattern is the OP's backup, assuming they set up their fingerprint sensor.
    Yes indeed, I considered that possibility, but it was not clearly stated in the question, so I had to resort to guesswork, which of course may very easily be wrong.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-26-2018 06:30 PM

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