It appears that many people's children have found that the "pattern lock" is a fun video game to play. My kids are old. It get's worse when they get older. They can now do much more devious things to my phone...so they have their own phones.
Problem solved? No. Edward the Dalmatian Puppy took off after some random small prey, dragging me through cactus and pricker bushes (not the first time)...stuffed my phone in my pocket, it happened to roll over the phone lock password, and set one. Not the pattern kind, a number from a keypad. No way around it, Factory Reset...
The Galaxy S SPH D700, doesn't reset like the others...I didn't find a post like this one.
Hold the Power Button + Volume Button + Camera Button + Home Button (the lighted ones on the bottom)
In 5 seconds or so, you will get a screen of blue characters.
- reboot system now
- apply sdcard:update.zip
- wipe data/factory reset
- wipe cache partition
The OK button is the Home Button on the bottom row lighted buttons.
Move up and down the selections with the Volume Button.
Factory reset only if you need to (the screen lock password is not in the cache partition). Your contacts will be erased... Did you back up your contacts first? Do you really need all those contacts? If so, why do you keep them on a cell phone?
That will do it. I own my phone again. It's 1am and this dog still isn't asleep...