Factory Reset Protection: How It Works and How to Bypass?

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, November 10, 2016

Generally, Android users wouldn't notice that their phones are protected by Factory Reset Protection(FRP) until the phone requires the initial Google account and password to reset. Now follow this tutorial to get a better understanding of FRP: including how it works, how to enable or disable the feature, moreover, how to bypass FRP if you forget the Google account and password.

Part 1: How Does Factory Reset Protection Work?

Factory Reset Protection (FRP) is a feature added to Android device since Android Lollipop. Most stock Android models are equipped with this feature. Once you enable FRP on your phone, when you or others try to set up the phone after performing factory resetting in recovery mode, the phone will require the Google username and password to enter. You could see the following page.

Factory Reset Protection Page

Tip: Resetting your Android phone to factory settings will wipe out all data in your phone, so you may want to back up important files to computer before resetting. Android Data Recovery can help you with that.

FRP is designed to make sure that no one can easily wipe out the data and factory reset your phone if the phone is lost or stolen. It is a good thing, which make our Android device less tempting to the thieves. However, FRP could also be a headache sometimes. For example, when we totally forget the FRP and send the phone to the next user(a friend or a ramdom guy that buys the phone), we may end up having to share our Google account temporarily with others. Luckily, it is quite easy to disable FRP on Android device.

Part 2: How to Enable and Disable Factory Reset Protection

FRP is automatically enabled once you have added a Google account to your phone. To add a Google account:

  • Go to "Settings" > "Accounts" > "Add and account" > "Google". Then enter the username and password of your account to add the account.

Add a Google Account

To disable FRP, you just have to remove the account from your phone.

  • On your Android phone, go to "Settings" > "Accounts" > "Google", choose the google account that you have added and find "Remove account" by clicking the icon on the top right corner.

Remove a Google Account

To conclude, before you send your phone to the next user, you should first remove Google account from your phone to disable FRP, then you wipe out all data in your phone. In this way, the next user can set up the phone without stopping by FRP.

Tip: to avoid the trouble of FRP, you should not factory reset your phone in 24 hours after you have recently changed the Google password associated to your phone. Due to security reason, Android wouldn't allow you to set up your phone with a Google password that is newly reset within 24 hours.

Part 3: How to Bypass Factory Reset Protection?

If you have the Google account and password, FRP will not be a problem. But what if you forget the password after factory resetting or you don't feel comfortable to share your Google usersname/password with the next user? Is there a way to bypass the FRP? Here is a simple trick that might work for you.

  1. When you see the FRP page that requires you to enter the Google account previously synced to the phone, long press the @ on the keyboard until a window pops up.

  2. Tap "Google Keyboard Settings" on the pop-up window.    

  3. Click on the three dot on the upper right and choose "Help & Feedback" item. Select a ramdom item and long press to copy some of the text. You will see a web search icon on the upper right. Click the icon and on the search field appearing, type "Settings".  

  4. You'll then enter the "Settings" app of the phone. Go to "Developer Options" (if the option is not in the list, tap on "Build Number" 7 times to pull out "Developer Options" ) and allow "OEM Unlocking".    

  5. Long press the "Power" button to reboot the phone. When setting up the phone, inteads of the FRP page, you'll see "Add your account" page. Add a Google account and you can enter the device now.

Add Your Google Account

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