What’s the point of owning an Android device if just about anyone can access your personal data? Your data isn’t really yours should that be the case and you may find yourself vulnerable to theft, impersonation or even more serious problems. Luckily,
Android users need not worry too much as Tech manufacturing giants such as Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Tecno, Infinix, and a few others have provided a quick-fix solution called Privacy Protection Password. This inbuilt security feature denies unauthorized individuals access to your device without the pin previously set up prior.
While this security feature is vitally amazingly helpful and all, you, as an Android device owner may want to bypass this feature on certain scenarios. “Why?” You may ask. Well, in a situation where you get a screen display saying: “Please enter the privacy protection password”, it’s quite possible that you weren’t the person that set this feature up, but the owner of a SIM card that was in the device from the offset. This particular password request typically appears if a new SIM card is inserted into your device.
Before minimally panicking to a mobile device repairman and (avoidably) doing away with a certain amount of money sorting this issue out, you may like to know that there is a way to do this from the comfort of your home. As a matter of fact, there several ways of going about this without expressly requiring the services of a professional in the mobile device engineering field. More so, you have a choice of performing this operation with/without the aid of a PC.
Welcome, ladies & gentlemen to this article on: How to Remove Privacy Protection Password Screen Lock (Anti-Theft).
SOLUTIONS TO REMOVING/BYPASSING THE PRIVACY PROTECTION PASSWORD
Today, I’ll be sharing some tested and trusted solutions to this problem including solutions using just your device and solutions using a PC.
- Trying Default Password Combination: There are a few code combinations that are default universally which when used, can successfully override the arisen lock problem. These codes are: 0000, 1234, 123456, 000000, 12345678, etc. Basically, combinations that are almost too easy to put together can be attempted. Some mobile phone brands have code combinations unique to them. An example is the Infinix phone brand. They use a default code of 123456. You can try out the aforementioned codes and see if they’ll work for you.
- Making use of the original SIM card: this is by far the easiest and most straightforward solution in this list as far as I am concerned. You just have to be in possession of the SIM card that you used to set up your device. The whole process is broken down below:
- Switch off your phone.
- Insert the original SIM card.
- Open the “Settings” inbuilt system app on your device.
- Navigate to “Security” and tap on it.
- Depending on your device make, locate “Mobile Anti-Theft” or “Anti-Theft Services” and click the check icon to toggle between “On” and “Off”.
On completion, you are now able to insert a new SIM card on your phone and without facing the previous recurring Privacy Protection Password lock.
Emergency Contact Solution
This is one of the more reliable solutions on this list next to the immediately discussed solution. When setting up the security feature, you would find an option to add a trusted administrator (or confidant) as an emergency contact should you run into problems later on. The emergency contact in question is easily able to receive your protection number once a request is sent to your phone. They would get text messages and notifications on each and every change made.
The emergency contact is bound to get a message notification that your device has been stolen. At this point, there are 2 unique commands that the emergency contact can reply with and they are:
- #mima#: Replying to the message/notification with #mima# fires a process that results in receiving a PIN. Once that PIN is entered, the phone is unlocked.
- #xiaohui#: This command remotely wipes all the data in the locked device.
Miracle box solution
The solution involves the use of a PC and a software application called Miracle Box. The necessities to kick-start this operation are:
Miracle Box software tool (to be downloaded).
Miracle Box drivers (to be downloaded).
Install Mediatek VCOM drivers.
An Android device with Privacy Protection Password locked.
How it works
- On installation, launch the Miracle Box tool.
- Click on the “MTK” tab.
- Click the “Unlock/Fix” tab and ensure “Clear Anti-Theft” is enabled.
- Trigger the drop-down box and select your processor type.
- Click “Start”.
- Plugin your phone to the PC.
- Wait for the operation to begin and progress. It doesn’t take too long to complete. When it is finally complete, you’ll see a message saying “Done” and thereafter, your device starts up. That marks the end of this solution and your phone would be reset to the factory state.
GSM Aladdin Solution
GSM Aladdin is a software application tool for PCs that operates similarly to the Miracle Box software. This application allows you to Clear Private Code, Remove Anti-Theft Password, Reset User Lock, etc.
How it works
- Download the GSM Aladdin software and extract the compressed file.
- Select and open the .exe file to begin the installation of the software.
- When installation is complete, open the installed software and click “Connect”.
- Select your device chipset.
- You’ll arrive in the model option, click the drop-down menu and choose Boot2(65XX-81xx). Once that is done, click “Services”.
- While under the “Services” page, click on the “Clear Settings/Frp” tab.
- Switch off your device and click the “Start” button.
- Finally, connect your device to the computer via a USB cable. The unlocking process starts here.
After a short time, your device is unlocked and you can now access it without facing the Privacy Protection Password lock.
If none of the methods/solutions above work for you, it would be a safe bet to contact your mobile phone manufacturers for expert analysis and assistance. You can also choose to consult an experienced engineer to assist you with bypassing this security feature. If you recently got a phone, you’d do well to remember your Privacy Protection Password and keep it safe & within reach always.
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