But how do I get into gmail to change password? Main screen before sign in screen shows bars. when I walked over to unsecured public wifi area, a star replaced the circle over the bars. but can't get to screen to connect to network unless I know my password and can sign in. Catch 22? It's been awhile since I used my tablet . Acer W3-810
If you remember your gmail you can unlock it like that. all you have to do is try your password for about 5 times until it says you have to wait 30 seconds to try your password again then look down where it says forgot password? press on that and it will take you to a screen that tells you to put in you gmail and if you put it in correctly and pressed sign in it will unlock your phone and you also get to choose what kind of password you want
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Turn your tablet off and remove the SD card, if there is one.
Press and hold the combinations below until you feel the device vibrate: Power button + Volume up and down (if there is a physical Home button) Power button + Volume up + Home button (If there is a physical Home button)
check whether your tablet has a hard reset available from any external buttons, ... a hard reset should set the machine to factory default and clear any passwords but you will almost certainly lose any data on the memory.
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After trying password for 5 times, it shows a "forgot password" option. Click on it. Provided the gmail id and password you first used to logn into your tab. It will remove the password from the device thus unlocking it.