Factory Reset Protection
What is factory reset protection (FRP) on Google Android devices and what does it do? FRP works like this, if your device is lost, stolen, or wiped, only someone with your Google account or screen lock information can use the device. In concept this is a great idea and should keep criminals from using your phone after they steal it and maybe even keep them from stealing your device in the first place.
Here are some of the problem with this new built in feature in Android 5.1 Lollipop and above.
- You forget your own password and or Google account info.
- You buy a used phone on line and the owner doesnt wipe the device correctly and you cant use it because of FRP.
- Your kid plays with your phone and messes it up causing it to get stuck on this FRP screen.
- maybe you are older and the person at the carrier store where you got your phone set it up for you and never even gave you your google account info. NOTE I have seen this happen.
There can be many good legal reasons that you may need to bypass FRP on your device so that you can use it again. unless someone shows you how to bypass FRP you dont have many options to get your device working again unless you can get a oem to repair it for you which isnt likely unless the device is new. FRP should be a feature that is turned on my a owner and only with many many warnings that must be read before the device owner can turn it on to protect them from any of these problems. Google please correct this and make FRP optional.
NOTE FRP is turned on once you add your Google account to the device and setup a screen lock thats it.
Knowing about all these problems I have been working on some solutions for all of you with devices you just cant use. Enjoy.
Motorola Droid Turbo