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How to unlock Wiko

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I have always advised you to configure a lock code on your smartphone, in order to prevent some malicious person from accessing your data, thus violating your privacy. What would happen, however, if you forget the unlock code of your beloved smartphone? Yes, I’m talking about the nice Wiko phone that you now hold in your hands. The answer is simple: what just happened, since you just lost your PIN! I see you, you are really desperate … but I want to reassure you: in one way or another, will the problem be resolved? How? Give me a few seconds and I’ll explain it to you.

In this guide of mine, I will show you how to unlock a Wiko smartphone  in case you have forgotten the password or PIN for unlocking the screen by adopting various solutions. But be careful: some of them could result in the loss of data stored in the device memory; others instead will lead you to unlock the screen, removing the lock code, but only if your smartphone has root permissions unlocked. How do you say? Don’t know what root permissions are? Don’t worry, I will also show you the procedure for obtaining these permissions on your device.

So, are you curious how to proceed? Perfect! What I advise you to do is take a few minutes of your time to read this guide and put into practice the information that best suits your case. I reiterate that some of the procedures indicated could result in data loss, invalidation of the smartphone warranty or even temporary or permanent damage that could make your device unusable, but in cases like yours there is not much to do. For these reasons, I do not take any responsibility for any damage or problems you may encounter following my tutorial. All clear? Well, then let’s get to work!

How to unlock a Wiko smartphone without a password

In case you have forgotten the passcode for unlocking the screen of a Wiko smartphone, what I advise you to do is to continue reading this guide. In the next paragraphs I will show you some procedures that you can perform on your device to restore it and then have it available again for use. However, depending on the procedure you perform, you may incur in the loss of data, in case you have not proceeded to make the backup.

Recovery (TWRP)

If you have rooted your Android device through my generic guide or by following the steps I have indicated in the paragraphs that follow in this article, you will be pleased to know that you can unlock the screen of your Wiko smartphone without losing any data.

Although the procedure is simple and safe, I do not however take responsibility in the event that your smartphone incurs damage, even irreversible. So if you are aware of what you are doing, keep reading the next lines. Also in this guide of mine I talk to you about the procedures to be performed via TWRP ; if you have a different Custom Recovery, the procedure may be different, you may need to install additional components or you may not be able to carry out the following instructions.

All clear? Well, let’s proceed: the first step is to turn off the smartphone and start it in Recovery mode . To do this, turn off the device by pressing and holding the Power off side button  and tap the Turn off item . With the phone turned off, press and hold the Power key along with the Volume [+] key and continue to hold it down until you see Recovery mode .

From the TWRP menu , tap on the Advanced > File Manager items to access the integrated file and folder explorer. Then access the Data > System folders and scroll through the list of files until you find all those whose name begins with the words gatekeeper and locksettings . There should only be five files, but their number may vary depending on your Wiko model. The files to be deleted are therefore gatekeeper.password.key , gatekeeper.pattern.key , locksettings.db , locksettings.db-shm andlocksettings.db-wal : tap on each of them and select the Delete item , then to confirm the deletion swipe from left to right on the bottom bar.

After deleting all the files I indicated, press the Back button ( the symbol of an inverted triangle ), until you return to the TWRP main menu . Then tap on the Reboot > System items . Your Wiko smartphone will then restart and, if you have followed the instructions I have indicated to the letter, you can safely access the home screen, without being asked for the access code anymore.

Find my smartphone

If you don’t have your Wiko smartphone handy, you can unlock it remotely through the Android Device Manager , accessible from  the official website or from the Find My Device app . This tool allows you to remotely access the Android device associated with a Google account, being able to perform some functions, such as playing a sound, blocking or resetting it. The latter option is the one that serves your purpose, but results in the loss of your data, which is why it is important that you are aware of what you are getting into if you have not made a backup.

To run the web version of this tool, you only need an Internet browser installed on your computer or mobile device. You can check out my guide on the best browsers, to see a list of software and applications that you can install for free. Then start your browser and access the official page of the Android Device Manager , using the link I gave you. If you want to install the Find My Device application instead , you will need to have another Android device available and download it from the Play Store . Tap the Install button and then, at the end of the installation, click Start .

From this point on, the procedure is the same both from the web and from the app, so in this guide of mine I show you the instructions I made using the web version of this tool. Log in to the Google platform using the same account you set up on the Wiko smartphone that is blocked.

After being redirected to the main screen of the Android Device Management platform , click on the icon of your Wiko smartphone, which you can find at the top left. In the left pane, you can see some functions to remotely manage your Android device. In this case, however, the option that allows you to unlock it is the one called Reset device . Then click on it and confirm the reset, using the Reset device button .

Factory reset

Another solution that involves data loss, but at the same time will allow you to remove the lock code on your Wiko smartphone, is that of factory reset . This procedure is similar to that indicated in the previous paragraph, as it involves the loss of all data stored on the smartphone, which cannot be recovered if a backup has not been previously made.

First of all, turn off your device, by holding down the side Power Off button , and press the Turn off item . After turning it off, turn it back on, keeping the Power and Volume [+] keys pressed , until a robot with an exclamation point appears on the screen. Then press the On / Off button to enter the Android Recovery mode .

In this mode you cannot use the touch screen, but you will need to use the Volume [-] key to scroll through the items and the Volume [+] key to confirm your selections. Select, therefore, the Wipe data / factory reset option , go down to Yes delete all user data , select it using the Volume [+] button and wait for the reset operation to complete, which is confirmed with the appearance of the word Data wipe complete  in the bottom section of the screen. Then press the Volume [+] button on the Reboot system now item  to restart your Wiko smartphone and proceed with the initial configuration of Android.

How to unlock Wiko smartphone via root

Unlocking a Wiko smartphone via root is an operation that I recommend to expert users who can, in case of errors, be able to restore it. If you are not among this type of user, you do not have to worry, because I will show you all the steps to take to achieve this goal. In this guide of mine I will address the process of unlocking a Wiko Lenny 3 smartphone via root , but I will also show you some tips to carry out the procedure on other Wiko models.

I warn you that unlocking your smartphone via root could invalidate the warranty of your device and lead to data loss. Also, if you make any mistakes, you could run into bootloop errors (the smartphone stays in the logo screen without getting to the home screen or restarts continuously) or other errors that will not allow you to access your phone temporarily or permanently. I reiterate that I do not take any responsibility for any damage done to your smartphone after having put my guide into practice.

Prerequisites

Before proceeding in detail to unlocking the smartphone via root , it is necessary that you perform some preliminary operations. First of all, I recommend that you back up your data; you can consult my guide on how to make a backup on Android, in which I told you about some apps and cloud systems to perform this operation.

In addition, you need a computer with a Windows or Linux operating system , through which you can perform the recovery flash procedure. Also remember to charge the battery of your smartphone with a percentage higher than 50% , but I recommend that you make a full charge. If you want some suggestions on this, you can consult my guide on how to charge the battery of a smartphone. It also connects the Wiko smartphone to the PC via USB cable, so that the drivers for the recognition of the device are installed.

Unlocking the bootloader

In addition to the above, in most cases it is necessary to unlock the bootloader , that is the program that allows you to perform all the routines necessary to start the Android operating system.

Performing this procedure then allows you to perform root unlocking operations by installing Custom ROM, but it involves the loss of all data on the device, so remember to make a preventive backup as I advised you before. These can be found on sites like XDA Forum , which offer guides and specific ROM versions that best suit your Wiko model. I therefore advise you to consult the XDA Forum site and use the internal search engine to consult all the useful and compatible material with your Wiko smartphone.

However, the preliminary operation to be carried out is to activate the Developer Options on your Wiko, by accessing the Settings app , which you find on the home screen. Scroll through the list of entries until you find the one called About phone . Select the latter and look for the information relating to the Build number of your smartphone, on which you have to tap seven times to unlock the developer mode.

Then go back to the previous menu, pressing the Back button ( the symbol of an inverted triangle ) and select the Developer options item . So make sure that the OEM Unlock and USB Debugging functions are active; if not, tap on them, so as to move the levers from left to right.

You will also need the ADB software , which you can download via this link , along with Android Studio . In this guide of mine, using the device in my possession, I did not need to perform this procedure, but in the case of a different Wiko model, you may need it instead.

Generally, the procedure consists in connecting the smartphone to the PC and executing, through the computer terminal, commands that restart the device in bootloader mode and unlock using the fastboot oem unlock command ; however, this operation involves the irreversible loss of data.

You can learn more by following the advice I gave you in my guide on how to root Android.

Installing SP Flash Tool

To start the installation of a Custom Recovery, such as TWRP , first install the SP Flash Tool software on your computer  , available for free on both Windows and Linux. This application allows you to flash stock ROMs and Recovery, as well as solve some problems that may occur on Android devices.

To download SP Flash Tool, go to its official website of the program and click on the Download button located in the horizontal menu bar at the top. In the Downloads section , scroll down the page and locate the download link for both Windows and Linux systems. Then click on the link that says Latest , to start the download of the compressed archive SP_Flash_Tool_vXX_XXX.zip .

Then open the file you just downloaded and unpack the archive, transferring the folder you find inside it to the Desktop or to any other location on your computer. If you don’t know how to do it, you can read my guide on how to decompress a compressed archive, in which I have indicated some programs that can do for you.

After opening the folder you transferred to your computer, right-click on the flash_tool.exe file and select Run as administrator . When prompted by Windows User Account Control to confirm , press the Yes button .

In the next paragraph I will show you the instructions to install a Custom Recovery, which is the basic requirement for unlocking via root. Therefore, do not close the SP Flash Tool software , as you will need it for the next steps.

Installation of a Recovery

After preparing your computer for the procedure for unlocking the Wiko smartphone via root, it is time to download a Custom Recovery. In this guide, I will tell you about TWRP , a very popular Recovery, which allows you to replace the default Android one. TWRP offers the ability to perform more functions than basic Android functions, such as installing third-party modified firmware or applications. This last feature is what you will need to unlock root permissions, while to install firmware modified by third parties you need to unlock the bootloader .

Generally, you can search for TWRP Custom Recovery based on your device model, directly from the official website . You can also consult external sites, such as XDA Forum , which offer specific guides and versions of TWRP , which best suit the model and version of the Android operating system. I therefore recommend that you visit the XDA Forum site and use the search bar at the top to consult all the guides and advice on downloading the necessary files for your Wiko smartphone.

For this guide of mine, since I was in possession of a Wiko Lenny 3 smartphone, I relied on the download of the files indicated on the XDA Forum . What you need are the Scatter and TWRP files compatible with your Wiko.

Once you have the necessary files, you will need to import them to SP Flash Tool . Then click on the Choose button , corresponding to the Scatter loading file field , and select the scatter file with TXT extension . In the list you see below, under the heading Recovery , click on the empty space in the Location column ; in this way, you will see a window for selecting the recovery file, with the extension IMG .

Remember these two important tips: before importing the files to SP Flash Tool , rename the file with the IMG extension to recovery.img ; moreover, after the import, you will have to put the check mark only in the box corresponding to the item Recovery . If you see check marks on other boxes, you need to click on them to remove them.

Then turn off your Wiko smartphone and connect it to your computer via USB cable. Wait a few seconds for the device to be recognized by your PC and then click on the Download button on the main SP Flash Tool screen . Wait a few seconds and a message confirming the operation will appear on the screen.

If you have not encountered any errors up to this point, it means that you have successfully replaced the Android Default Recovery with TWRP . You can check this by disconnecting the Wiko smartphone from the computer and, while off, keep pressing its Power and Volume [+] keys , until the TWRP logo appears .

Root Wiko

If the model of your Wiko smartphone does not require the installation of Custom ROM, as in my case, you can simply install an application such as SuperSU or Magisk . These apps allow you to manage and grant root permissions to an Android device. In this guide of mine I tell you about Magisk , which I used to give root permissions to my Wiko smartphone.

Then go to the link I gave you which leads to the Github website. Locate the latest published version and click the Magisk-vXX.X.zip link . After downloading the compressed archive, transfer it to the internal memory of your smartphone. If you don’t know how to do this, I recommend that you check out my guides on how to transfer files to Android or how to move files to SD card.

In general, you simply need to connect the smartphone to the PC via USB cable and navigate through the folders in the memory of your Android device, using Windows File Explorer. You will then have to drag the Magisk ZIP archive into the main memory folder of your smartphone or into one of your choice.

Now disconnect the phone from the computer and restart it in Recovery mode . To do this, turn off your smartphone and hold down the Power and Volume [+] keys . Once logged into TWRP , tap the Install button and locate the path where you transferred the Magisk file . If the file is present in the external SD memory, press the Select storage button and select the Micro SDCard item , followed by the Ok button .

After you have found the Magisk-vXX.X.zip file , tap on it and swipe from left to right on the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the screen. I also recommend that you activate the Reboot after installation is complete checkbox , in order to restart your Wiko smartphone after the installation is completed.

If you have performed the procedures I have indicated, the root permissions will be unlocked on your smartphone and the Magisk app will be available on the Android home screen. You will not have to perform any operations within the app, as the installed one is the Magisk Manager, a tool for updating Magisk and managing root permissions. Furthermore, through Magisk Manager you can install additional modules to extend the functionality of your Wiko smartphone, such as installing the Terminal for removing system or third-party apps.

Verify from root

If you want to check the effective success of the unlocking operation, you can download the Root Checker application , which is available for free on the Play Store  and allows, in fact, to verify the effective activation of root permissions on Android .

Then download the application via the link I provided, by tapping on Install and then on Start , press the Accept button and then on Get started . Then  press the Verify root item and the Grant button : a message will appear on the screen indicating the phrase Congratulation! Root access is properly installed on this device , confirming the successful execution of the entire procedure.