Security is a major concern on every Android device. To make your device more secure Google introduced a new security measure in Android 5.0 A.K.A. Android Lollipop called Factory Reset Protection (FRP). If you are already familiar with the term factory reset, you may have figured out what FRP is. Factory Reset protection keeps your data safe in case your device gets stolen. It does so by requiring authentication after a factory reset to make the device usable.
Imagine this scenario: You lost your device or your device got stolen. Now, the first thing that a thief will do is to factory reset your device so that he can use it by himself or sell it to someone else. But since you have already attached your Google account with your device and have set a security option (PIN, Password, etc.), the thief will not be able to factory reset it from the settings. He will have to do it via stock recovery option (which is pretty simple, BTW). Once the factory reset is done and the process to setup the device begins, the device will ask to enter the Google account and password that was previously linked with the device. This is Factory Reset Protection. Now, the device is not useful to the thief. Thank you, Google!
What if, instead of losing your device, you forget your password and Google account details? You are stuck; you can’t even make it usable via factory resetting your device (thanks to FRP). You already know that in order to activate FRP you must attach a Google account to your device, set a security option, and factory reset your device via stock recovery menu. If you happen to have an LG device (probably a recent one like LG V10, LG G4, etc.) than the Factory Reset Protection can be bypassed in just a few minutes. Here’s how to do it.
Requirement for Performing This Procedure:
- Make sure that your device is connected to WiFi.
Bypass Factory Reset Protection on LG Devices
- Turn off your phone, enter into the recovery menu and factory reset your phone.
- When it turns on again, follow the setup wizard. On the main screen, tap on “Accessibility” to enter accessibility menu. We are going to turn on some settings here.
- Turn on “Switch Access” from the menu. Now go to the settings and scroll to the bottom. Tap on “Key combo for Overview”. Once the popup appears click the volume down button on the back. This will change the key combination for the overview.
- Tap on the Google logo at the top. This will take you to Google’s homepage.
- Use the search bar to go to www.rootjunkydl.com and tap on “Apps” in the navigation menu.
- Download “samsung.bypass.google.verify.apk”.
- Now, locate the downloaded APK file and install it. Open the app and it will direct you to the phone’s settings options.
- Samsung devices let you factory reset the device from this setting but LG does not support this feature. But there is a work around here.
- In the settings, go to “Users” and add a new user using any Google account.
- Once the setup is complete, you’ll enter the phone as a guest user.
- Now, go to settings and then to users and then switch to the owner.
- Now you can factory reset the phone from settings without worrying about the FRP.
Now follow the setup wizard, enter details of a new Google account, and you are good to go.
The credit for this trick goes to RootJunky. Thank you for this awesome trick.