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I have an old Samsung S1 that I want to give to my daughter.

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I have an old Samsung S1 that I want to give to my daughter. Haven't used it for 2 years. Battery charged up fine. Problem is I can't remember the pattern so I've use up all my attempts. So it asks me for email and password, but none of my usual ones work. Have tried every combination I can think of. Please help.

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It is asking for your gmail id. Enter it if you have one. Else let me know so that I can guide you further

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I enter my email address and any passwords that I can remember but no joy.

Okay no problem. You will have to reset your phone. But that will erase all the data from your phone

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's ok. Don't mind losing what's on it. Just want to be able to use the phone again with anew sim card.

Turn off your phone

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

· Once the phone is off, hold the volume up, home, and power buttons down simultaneously. Continue to hold this combination while the phone boots, until the screen shows the Android Robot.

· After a few moments, you will have access to the phone’s boot menu. Using the volume up/down buttons to navigate, and the power button to make selections, find and select the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option.

· Scroll down to Yes, delete all user data, and press the power button once again. You will notice script scrolling along the bottom of the screen, which will end in Data Wipe Complete.

· Once the operation is complete, press the power button once more to restart the device.

Let me know if you get stuck anywhere.

What is the status Declan?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not good. Did all that. Thought it was working but ended up with the same screen as before: looking for email address and passwords and still saying "too many pattern attempts"

Can you accept the remote assistance offer?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's too expensive.

Okay no problem.

Tell me did you reach wipe data/factory reset menu?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Do it once again and let me know when you reach wipe data screen. I will guide you step by step after that

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
will do.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It just flashes with the name of the phone for ages. Then I take my e fingers off the buttons and it starts like before, asking for email and and password. I'll try again.

Are you pressing all the three buttons simultaneously? You need to first turn off the device then hold down these three buttons.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Oki showing "reboot system now"
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do I scroll down to"wipe data factory reset" ?

Yes press volume down to scroll down and power button to select it

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Power button or Home button to select it?

Power button

Then scroll down again to yes by volume down and power to select yes

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok. Still showing "wipe data/factory reset " but nothing happening that I can see.

Pressing power button isn`t doing anything?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No.Doesn't seem to.

Okay tell me one thing. Can you log into your gmail account from your computer?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can. Have it open on this computer

Okay then type on the google search bar `find my phone`

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Did that.

Open the first link. Do you see your phone listed there?

Declan power button is the one located on the side along with volume buttons.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What link. Don't see any links.Tried the google search and nothing happened. However I pressed on the power button again and it powered off. Then I did the usual 3 buttons thing and it came back on with a picture of a man with a shovel and it says"Downloading" "Do not turn off Target"
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Still showing same message.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This phone is not showing up on the list.
How long should I wait for the downloading to finish in the phone?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Still saying "Downloading" and "Do not turn off Target!!!!".Any idea how long it might take? Do I just leave bit for hours or days?

Is it connected to the wifi?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I HOPE SO BUT HOW DO i KNOW? Should I put a cable from it to the internet box?

Try pressing the power button again and then turn it on

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok just turned it off. What next?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Same as before. Looking for email and password!

Now just turn it on by pressing the power button

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What do I do next?

Is it turning on or still showing download screen?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Same as at the very beginning, looking for password ***** email address.

Now turn it off. Press and hold power, volume up and home key until you get recovery menu

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sounds like we are going around in circles and getting nowhere. From where was it downloading? As I don't know how it could be connected to wifi.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok showing "reboot system now"

Press HOME button when wipe data is displayed this time

Then again select yes by pressing home button

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do I do anything to reboot system or do I just scroll down to "wipe data/factory reset"

Scroll down to wipe data

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK and press home button or power button?

Press HOME to select Wipe data

Then scroll down to Yes-wipe data and press HOME to select it.

Once the formatting is done, you will again see Reboot now menu. This time select reboot now by pressing the home button when Reboot now is highlighted

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Done and it asked me "wipe all data" I said yes.
Now wants to reboot system. Do I press home button again?

Yes press Home button again

The phone will restart now.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it restarted, but with the same old screen looking for email and password!

Enter any email of your choice. I think you are misunderstanding it with the lock message. When you set up the phone for the first time, it asks for email and password

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It says:
Too many pattern attempts. To unlock, sign in with your Google account. So I will put in an email address and a password. And it again says invalid user name or password

Do you have a Samsung account?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Can you start the remote assistance, I am dropping the charges to minimum.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
You guarantee to fix it or refund?


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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