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Forgot Private Mode Password - How to Fix

It has happened hundreds of times on hundreds of Samsung users that people forgot the password (PIN/pattern) to turn on Private mode, and thus unable to access the precious data and files in it. Some people may even come into the boat due to failed fingerprint recognition. According to Samsung, the only method to reset Private mode password is factory reset, which will wipe all files within it. Is there any way to fix the problem and make Private mode work again?

Extract Files from Private Mode

Files added to Private mode are in your phone memory (Samsung Private mode folder location), but invisible when Private mode is turned off. You can use some tools to extract files from your phone. For example, use iReparo Android Recovery to scan your phone for hidden files, preview the files you need and recover them from your phone.
Related: How to Fix Private Mode Not Working

Unlock Forgotten Private Mode Password

A developer from XDA forum figured out a solution to unlock forgotten Private mode password/PIN/pattern on rooted Samsung phone. It is not clear that whether this method would cause damage to your phone, but according to our test, it really works for a Samsung Galaxy S5 device.

* Rooted Device (If you have enough knowledge of adb, you may go with adb instead of root)
* ES File Manager installed (or Root Explorer, recommended by the developer)

Steps to unlock Private mode password
Step 1. Download the following file(s) depending on the required unlocking method on your phone
        a. If it asks for pattern , Download this file
        b. If it asks for PIN (Only numeric keys shown), Download this file
        c. If it asks for Password, Download this file
        If you are not sure, download all 3 files given above.
Step 2. Copy the downloaded file(s) to your phone. Save the file(s) to any folder that you can easily find.
Step 3. Open ES File Manager.
Step 4. Copy the file(s) downloaded from above to this location: data/system/. If it asks, tap 'Overwrite' (or 'Replace').
Step 5. Long Press the file you just pasted here, and tap 'Properties' > change Permissions setting. Check only 'Read' and 'Write' of Owner. So that it looks like this:
Tap OK.
Step 6. Reboot Device.
Step 7. When it reboots, try to turn on 'Private Mode' in Settings. Enter PIN: 1234 / Password: xda123, Pattern: as the image shows below
Now, you should be able to turn on Private mode again, and the files in Private mode are still there. You can change the PIN/Password/Pattern anytime.
Use method only if you are the real owner of the handset.

Refer to video tutorial:


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