Stuck at System Lock Screen because screen is cracked/unresponsive on part of Pattern Unlock


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Mar 18, 2023
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My Galaxy Note 8's screen is cracked and now unresponsive in certain parts of the screen, including where I do my pattern unlock.

I made the mistake of rebooting the phone and now it is stuck on the system lock screen, for which I can't draw my pattern anymore.

I tried multiple times until I had 4 tries remaining before it does the factory reset.

I tried to unlock through my Samsung Account but it is unable to locate the phone.

I'll pay for a screen replacement if I have to, but do I have any other options?

I ordered a USB OTG cable to see if I can use a mouse to click and drag the pattern, but from what I've read online I'm not sure if a mouse works at the system lock screen.

I have some unbacked-up data including in my Secure Folder.

EDIT: The S-PEN stylus worked! I was able to draw the pattern with it. Huge thanks to D Piddy, it never occurred to me to try the stylus.
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B. Diddy

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Welcome to Android Central! Are you able to use your S Pen to draw the pattern? The S Pen uses different technology than the touchscreen digitizer, so it might work.