The launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop saw Google introduce a form of security for stolen or lost phones known as Factory Reset Protection.
With this feature, anybody who lost their Android phones could be sure that no other person can successfully use the phone without the original owner’s permission. In essence, what this feature does is demand that the person in possession of a stolen or lost device must enter the Google account that was last used before the phone was factory reset.
There is no doubt that this is a cool way of taking care of stolen Android devices for it means that stealing one’s phone without knowledge of their Google account details will render the device unusable. While this was a form of consolation for anyone losing a flagship device knowing that no one else will be able to use the device after all, the story is not the same for current owners of the pricey Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
These two devices are still very new in the market and despite running on the latest and more advanced Android OS, it seems the Factory Reset Protection feature isn’t of any help to users who happen to lose their phones in one way or the other.
According to folks at XDA Forum, fooling Google into giving you access to menus of a formatted device is a hassle-free process. However, for novice users, the entire process of jumping from one setting to the other might be overwhelming. Still, patiently following the video made by RootJunky will make sure that you bypass the Factory Reset Protection.
While the video displayed takes Samsung Galaxy S7 into account, the XDA Forum member who discovered the vulnerability says that it could probably work on other non-Samsung Galaxy smartphones powered by Android OS. Hopefully, Samsung will move in swiftly and take care of this issue so that it cannot be exploited by malicious people out there.
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