How to Bypass Android Lock Screen Using Emergency Call

One way to get into your phone if you forgot the password or security pattern

What to Know

  • Bypass the lock screen: Tap Emergency call at the bottom of the lock screen, then tap your local emergency number (for example, 911).
  • Enter emergency contacts and health info into your lock screen: Go to Settings > Users & accounts > Emergency Information.
  • Other options: Use the Android fingerprint unlock feature, or, as a last-resort alternative, reset the device to factory settings.

This article explains how to dial emergency services on an Android phone without first unlocking it. This is helpful if you need to contact emergency services quickly and you're panicked or you forgot your passcode.

Bypass the Lock Screen to Call Emergency Services

Here's how to call emergency services if you can't unlock your phone:

  1. Tap Emergency call at the bottom of the lock screen.

  2. Tap your local emergency number (for example, 911) on the phone dialer that appears.

    Emergency call button and keypad

    An unauthorized user could make an emergency call using this method, but they can't access your personal information.

Add Emergency Information to the Lock Screen

To add emergency contacts and health information (such as allergies and conditions) to the lock screen, go to Settings, then select Users & accounts > Emergency Information and enter the information.

Users & Accounts > Emergency info

Emergency responders can see this information, render appropriate care if needed, and call your contacts without unlocking your device.

Can Someone Break Into Your Phone Using Emergency Call?

If you search online, you'll see numerous articles promising to show you how to break into an Android phone. These articles suggest going to the emergency dialer and inputting a string of characters or long-pressing a button. This might have had some success years back. However, Android 6.0 Marshmallow put that to a stop. Since then, there's no way to unlock an Android phone without a password using the emergency call method.

If your Android has Lollipop or earlier, you can download a third-party lock screen app that doesn't include an emergency option.

You can also protect your Android device using Google Find My Device, which allows you to remotely lock your phone, sign out of your Google account, or perform a factory reset.

When you sign in to your Google account on an Android phone, Find My Device is automatically enabled. Verify that the feature is on by going to Settings and selecting Lock screen & security > Find My Device. Should you lose your phone, go to myaccount.google.com/find-your-phone.

Find my device

Menu options in Settings might differ for older Android versions.

Unlock Your Android Phone Without a Password

You can use the Android fingerprint unlock feature, but you'll have to enter your password, pattern, or pin code after a restart.

The only other way to bypass the lock screen on most Androids is to reset the device to factory settings.

Samsung-Specific Methods

Samsung offers the option to create a backup password, pattern, or PIN during setup. Consider adding one, and save that information in a safe place.

You can also use Samsung Find My Mobile to lock it remotely. You'll need a Samsung account with remote controls enabled. Go to Apps > Settings > Security > Remote Controls to check. If you misplace your phone, go to account.samsung.com and log in with your Samsung credentials.

Samsung's Find My Mobile page
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