The 3 kinds of primary screen lock on LG Tribute Empire are Password, Pattern & PIN. If you’re adding any of these you should always make sure to note it down somewhere. We tend to forget the password, especially when we add a new and different password which was never used before.
However, if you’ve already forgotten the Tribute Empire PIN, Pattern, or password, we need to look for a way out to get past this screen. Let’s find out how to do this –
How to bypass LG Tribute Empire lock screen without reset
First of all, let’s try to bypass the lock screen without doing a hard reset. After all, our first priority is to save the data stored on the internal storage.
I’ve forgotten the pattern lock on my Tribute Empire.
I kept on trying, hoping to get an alternate option to restore the phone.
After every few failed attempts, only the wait time increased.
I tried to enter the pattern lock up to 100 times, but to no avail.
One thing is clear, we cannot bypass the lock screen on the Tribute empire without reset.
To reset the phone using Recovery mode, we need to power off the phone.
Long-Press the power button on the back of your phone and tap “Power off” as shown above.
To put your Tribute Empire in Recovery Mode –
- Power off the phone
- Press the volume up and power button to turn on the phone
- As soon as the LG logo appears on the screen (or when the phone vibrates), release the power key and hold it again until your phone is on the “Factory data reset” page.
- Don’t release the volume up button during the whole process.
- The white “Factory data reset” screen is known as the “Recovery Mode”.
As the name suggests, recovery mode is used to recover the phone when locked out.
Let’s reset our Tribute Empire using the recovery mode –
Move down from “No(Exit)” to “Yes” using the volume down key. Now hit the power button located on the back of the phone.
Again move down from “No” to “Yes” and press the Power off button to confirm this selection.
The phone data is getting erased. We need to wait for a while.
Our Tribute Empire is now on the Welcome screen.
Proceed further using the forward arrow.
Connect to the internet using Wifi or mobile data.
Hit “Set up as new” on the “Copy apps & data” page.
We are, once again on the pattern lock page. This time there’s an alternate option ” USE MY GOOGLE ACCOUNT INSTEAD”.
If you remember the user id and password of your last-synced Google account, please enter it now.
After adding the Google account, follow the on-screen prompts to finish the setup wizard.
In case, you don’t remember the Google account credentials, you need to bypass the Google lock using the below hack –
How to bypass Google verification on LG Tribute Empire
To bypass the FRP (factory reset protection) lock on Tribute Empire, we need another phone to set up a SIM card lock.
I’m using an LG K40 (with a MetroPCS SIM) to add a SIM Card lock.
If using an LG smartphone –
Go to Settings > General > Lock screen & security > Set up SIM card lock
Toggle on the “Lock SIM Card” option.
The default SIM card PIN for MetroPCS/T-Mobile is 1234
Enter the PIN 1234 and hit “OK”
A confirmation text flashes at the bottom of the screen “SIM card lock enabled”.
Now, we have to install this locked SIM on our Tribute Empire.
Remove the battery door and follow the above picture to insert the SIM.
After inserting the locked SIM, turn on your Tribute Empire.
It’ll ask for the SIM lock PIN. Enter 1234 and hit the “tick icon”.
You’ll see a “Not signed in” notification. Swipe down the screen starting from the “Not signed in” notification towards the bottom of the screen. Don’t swipe in the upward direction.
You can follow the arrow in the above screenshot. If done correctly, you’ll see the notification shortcuts on the top.
Long-Press the “Bluetooth icon” to reach the Bluetooth page.
Turn on Bluetooth.
Now, we need to send an image file from another phone to Tribute Empire via Bluetooth.
Once again, I’m using LG K40 to send an image to the Tribute empire via Bluetooth.
Let’s share a wallpaper using the “Share icon” on K40.
Choose the sharing medium as Bluetooth.
The file is being sent.
Tap “Accept” to receive the image file.
Hit the “3 dots” icon and select “Received files”.
Tap the received image file and open it with the “Photos” app.
The default app to open this file is “Gallery”. We need to change it to “Photos”.
Tap “ALLOW” to give access to the photos app.
Hit the “Share” icon to share this image file via the photos app.
Use the sharing medium as “Gmail”.
“SKIP” Google sign-in and tap “Add an email address”.
Hit “Other” on the setup email page.
We are now on the “Add your email address” page.
Add any email id and hit “NEXT”.
On the next page, select “Exchange”.
Now, click “SELECT” to add a client certificate.
A pop-up appears on the screen. It says we need to change the screen lock to use credential storage.
Hit “CHANGE” to proceed further.
This brings us to the “Protect your phone” page.
Once this page, we can add a Screen lock PIN, Pattern, or Password.
The good news is, this new lock will replace the old screen lock.
Add an easy to remember screen lock. I’m adding a PIN.
Select “No, thanks” on the “Secure start-up” page and hit “NEXT”.
I’ve added 1234 as the screen lock PIN.
A confirmation message flashes on the screen “Screen lock has been changed”.
We are all done. Now, we are going to use this newly created screen PIN to get past the google lock screen.
Go back using the back button. Keep going back until you’re on the “Welcome” page.
Use the forward arrow to move ahead.
Tap “Set up as new” on the “Copy apps and data” page.
We are now on the PIN verification page.
Enter the PIN we just added a few step ago i.e. 1234
This brings us to the Google sign-in page. This time we can skip Google sign-in and move ahead.
If you wish, you can add a Google account as well. The last-synced account is not needed.
Follow the on-screen prompts to proceed further.
We are now on the “Legal documents” page.
Tick the respective checkboxes and tap “DONE” to complete the setup wizard.
We have successfully landed on the LG Tribute Empire home screen, thus bypassing the lock screen.
If stuck at any stage, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading.