Whether it’s Android tab or a smartphone security is a major concern. In Android 5.0 A.K.A. Android Lollipop Google introduced an advanced security feature called Factory Reset Protection (FRP). Almost all Android users are familiar with this term factory reset, and it’s not difficult for them to figure out what FRP is. It’s a safe protection measure which ensures that your data is safe in case your device gets stolen. To make the device usable after factory reset it requires authentication.
Assume that you have lost your device or it got stolen. Now, the first attempt a thief will do is to factory reset your device so that he takes your device in his control or sell it to someone else. But if you have already set up a Google account for your device and also set a security option (PIN, Password, etc.), then it will almost impossible for a thief to factory reset your device from the settings. However, he can do it with the alternate stock recovery option which is not that difficult. Once he managed to factory reset your device and the process to set up the device begins, the device will then require Google account and password that was previously attached to the device. This is the beauty of Google’s new security feature now the device is not useful to the thief.
But what if you have forgotten your password and Google account credentials? It’s obvious that you get stuck and you can’t even clear all the credentials via factory resetting your device. Because if you want to activate FRP then you have to create a Google account for your device first, configure security option, and then factory reset your device through the stock recovery option. If you have an LG device ( like LG V10, G4, etc.) then you can easily bypass the Factory Reset Protection in few minutes.
Note: Your device should be connected to Wifi.
Bypass LG Devices Factory Reset Protection (FRP)
- First switch off your device, bypass the normal boot and enter the recovery menu then factory reset your device.
- When your device turns on again, follow the instructions of the setup wizard. On the main menu, you will find “Accessibility”, simply tap on it.
- Now turn on “Switch Access” from the menu. Go to the settings and scroll to the bottom. Tap on “Key combo for Overview”. Once you see the popup click the volume down button on the back. This will change the hardware key combination for the overview.
- Tap on the Google logo at the top to browse Google’s homepage.
- Search for www.progeeksblog.com and then tap on “Apps” in the navigation menu.
- Download “Samsung.bypass.google.verify.apk”.
- After downloading the above apk, enable the overview by clicking on the volume down button and then tap on “Dual window”. In the next screen, you will be able to access the file manager.
- Now, browse the apk file which has already downloaded and then installs it. Launch the app and it will show you the phone’s setting options.
- In Samsung devices, you are allowed to do a factory reset from this setting but this feature is not supported in LG devices. But we have the solution for this.
- Open settings, go to “Users” and then add a new user by using any Google account.
- Once the process complete, enter the phone as a guest user.
- Go to settings >> users and then switch to the owner.
- Now you don’t have to worry about FRP bypass because now you can easily factory reset your device from the settings.
The basic requirement for FRP to work is that your phone must have a Google account and security option enabled. Since no such requirements are fulfilled while factory resetting the device on the second attempt, FRP will be bypassed.
Now simply follow the instructions of the setup wizards, enter new Google account credentials and you are ready to go.
All the credit for this hack goes to RootJunky. Thank you for this great hack.