Most Android devices rely on a Google Account for activation. In an effort to make devices more secure if your device is lost or stolen, Google has implemented a security feature called Factory Reset Protection (FRP). While this is a useful security feature, it can also be a real pain if you don’t remember the Google name and password that was used to set up the device. That’s why knowing how to bypass Google account verification can come in handy at times.
How Google Account Verification & FRP Works
Google Account Verification is a simple, but effective method of security. It requires that when you set up a new device, you have to enter your Google account and verify that you’re the owner of that account by clicking through a link in an email. Easy enough.
What most people don’t realize is that, by default, when you set up your Android device with a Google account, the Factory Reset Protection feature is enabled by default. It prevents someone from accessing the device (and therefore any data on the device) after a factory data reset unless the user knows the last Google username and password that was used to set up the device. So, if you lose your phone or it’s stolen, the person who ends up with it can’t access the device unless they have your login credentials.
That’s great. Until it’s not.
How to Disable Factory Reset Protection to Bypass Google Account Verification
Disabling the FRP protection is probably the easiest way to ensure that you don’t have to deal with this issue. It’s also the easiest of the methods available to bypass Google account verification.
- Go to Settings.
- Choose Cloud and Accounts. (On some devices, this may be just Accounts and then you’ll skip the next step.)
3. Tap Accounts.
- Find and tap your Google account.
- Tap Remove Account.
- If you are prompted to verify you want to remove your account, tap Remove Account (or Yes, I agree, or whatever the positive verification is).
- Your account will be removed.
Once the Google account has been removed, you’ll no longer have to deal with the FRP lock. If you’ve sold your phone to someone else, you may want to do this before you ship the phone away or hand it off to the new user to ensure the new owner won’t have access to (or need access to) your Google account credentials in order to access the phone.
Bypass Verification by Resetting the Device
If the above method for removing your account doesn’t work, you may be able to reset your phone to factory default and, during the setup process, maneuver through the network connection settings to remove the Google account (and the verification that goes along with it).
- Go through the device reset process. When you reach the Google Account Verification screen, press the Back option to get back to the Wireless Network selection screen.
- Tap the Add Network option.
- In the Network Name (or SSID) text box, enter a string of random letters and/or numbers.
- Then press and hold the string you just typed in to highlight it, and tap Share on the menu that appears.
- On the next page, tap Notification > App Settings.
- Choose the three-dot menu in the upper right corner of the page and select Account.
- You should be prompted to continue to Settings. Choose Continue if prompted for verification.
- In Settings, choose Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset.
10. Your Google account will be removed during the setup process, including the FRP lock.
Bypass Google Account Verification During Setup
Like the method above, this method may allow you to bypass your Google account during the setup process after you reset your device. It’s a little more involved than the method above, but if that doesn’t work, this probably will.
- Perform a factory reset on your device (for most devices that’s accomplished by going to Settings > General Management or General Settings > Reset — you may also need to choose Factory Data Reset).
- Go through the setup process until you get to the option to connect to Wi-Fi.
- When that screen appears, tap the text box for the Wi-Fi password (but don’t type it yet).
- A keyboard should appear. On the keyboard, press and hold the Spacebar.
- In the menu that appears choose the option for English (US) Google Keyboard).
- You should be returned to the Wi-Fi connection screen. Now you can enter the password for your network.
- Continue through the setup process until you come to the prompt to enter your Google Account information. On that screen, tap in the text box to enter your email address or phone number.
- Then on the keyboard that appears, tap and hold the @ symbol.
- From the menu that appears, choose Google Keyboard Settings.
- On the next screen, tap the three-dot menu and select Help & Feedback.
- On the screen that appears, tap Search Google & send results from your keyboard.
- A web page should open. Press and hold any word on the page until a menu appears, then choose Web Search from the menu and select Google App.
- Next, search for Settings from the web page.
- As part of the Autocomplete option, the Settings gear icon should appear in the dropdown menu of available options. Select it.
- Choose Backup and Reset.
- Tap Factory Data Reset.
- Now you’ll need to go through the account setup again. When prompted to enter your Google account verification this time, you should have the option to Skip. You can also skip through everything else after that.
- Once you’ve reached the end of Setup, you should be able to use your device, without the Google Account Verification.