I forgot the PIN on my Nexus 7, and then I reset the lockscreen using the recovery mode

  • Your device has to be unlocked, otherwise you are out of luck, I believe (who knows, maybe something can be done using ADB debugging only). Note how unlocking your device makes it less secure.
  • Power+VolumeDown until in fastboot mode.
  • fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-
  • Go to recovery mode without rebooting, which may reset recovery.
  • $ adb shell
  • $ mkdir /mnt/d && mount -t ext4 /dev/block/platform/sdhci-tegra.3/by-name/UDA /mnt/d
  • $ rm /mnt/d/system/locksettings.db*
  • $ reboot

It is probably possible to modify the settings in locksettings.db individually, though it didn’t work for me on first attempt.

Note: When profiles are used, the data for other users can be found in /data/user/.

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