The Factory Reset Protection feature that Google introduced to Android devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop update in 2014, might have protected a number of stolen Android devices from unauthorised use, but it has since then put some of genuine users into trouble as well.
FRP lock works by verifying the Google account previously signed-in on the device. So, when in case your phone is stolen, and the thief is able to do a factory reset, he/she still won’t be able to use the device without logging in with the previously signed in Google account. This blocks the device from being used by any other person than you.
However, this has put some genuine users into trouble as well. It gets annoying when you’re locked out of your own device because you can’t remember your Google account password or when you purchased a used device that has been synced to an unknown user account before.
Thankfully, there are ways to bypass the FRP lock Google account verification on some Android devices. We recently did a post on bypassing Google account verification on LG devices, and also on other Android devices in general, but Google has been keenly releasing security patches with monthly security updates to Android.
For the latest security patch release at the time of writing this (May 1st, 2016), the following trick will work to bypass FRP lock Google account verification during device setup. This method has been tested on Nexus 6P and 5X, but should work for other Android devices as well.
How to Bypass FRP Lock (Google Account Verification) during device setup
- Power On your FRP locked phone and connect it to a WiFi network from one of the setup screens.
└ Tip: If you can get another Android phone in hand, then creating a WiFi hotspot from it would be more convenient for you because the trick involves killing off the WiFi network at a specific time.
- Once connected to a WiFi network, hit NEXT, and as soon as it says Checking for updates, kill off the WiFi network (turn off your WiFi modem or WiFi hotspot). You’ll get to the screen where you’ve to put in your First and Last name.
└ I may take a couple of tries to get to the “Name” screen. Keep trying..
- One the Name screen, hit NEXT. You’ll get to the “Protect your phone” screen, here set up a PIN, pattern or password.
- On policies page that opened in a pop-up window, highlight any text/word by holding it, and then select the Share option from the tooltip.
- From the list of sharing options available, press and hold on the Gmail app icon, you’ll get the Gmail app info page.
- On Gmail app info page, select Notifications » App settings » then tap the 3 dots options menu and select Manage accounts from there.
└ This step might be different for users not running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above Android releases.
- On the device settings page, select Google » Search & Now » Now cards » toggle Show cards switch » hit NO THANKS and you’ll get to the Google Search screen.
- On the Google search screen, type Chrome and open the Chrome browser app from the suggested list.
- On the Setup Chrome screen, hit NO THANKS, then OK, GOT IT, and the type the following URL in the browser bar: bit.ly/frplock
- From the URL above, you’ll download the Quick Shortcuts app.
- Once downloading begins, go back to Now cards screen by hitting the Back button on your device.
- Here again toggle Show cards switch » hit NO THANKS and get to the Google Search screen » now type Downloads and open the Downloads app.
- On the downloads app, your download Quick Shortcuts app .apk file should be available. Click on the apk » you’ll get Install blocked screen, hit SETTINGS » scroll down a bit and turn on “Unknown Sources” toggle » hit the back button » open the Quick Shortcuts apk again from the downloads screen » install the app » and Open it once installation is done.
- Once Quick Shortcuts app is opened, search for “Google Account Manager” and tap on it, you’ll get a dropdown list of activities » select “Type Email and Password” activity » hit Try and you’ll get to the re-type password screen » here, hit the 3-dot option menu and select “Browser sign-in”, you’ll get a browser Google sign-in screen.
- Login with your preferred Google Account, and once signed-in, you’ll get back to the Quick Shortcuts app.
- Now go all the way back to the device Settings page by hitting the Back button.
- On the Settings page, select “Backup & Reset” » select “Factory Data Reset” » select “RESET PHONE” » Confirm your PIN, Password or Pattern lock » select “ERASE EVERYTHING”. Your device will now factory reset itself.
- Now once your device boots back, set it up and login using the same Google account that you used in Step 16 above.
That’s all. Hope this guide helps you bypass FRP lock and Google Account Verification on your Android device.