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How to reset Xiaomi phone without unlocking it

📅 2018-Jan-10 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ xiaomi mi max 2 ⬩ 📚 Archive

Problem

I had forgotten the unlock pattern, PIN and other unlocking credentials for a Xiaomi Mi Max 2 phone. I did not care about the data and settings on the phone, I just needed to factory reset this Android smartphone, so that I could create a new Google account on it.

Solution

Thankfully, Xiaomi provides a way to hard reset the phone without unlocking it:

Reference: Hard reset Xiaomi Mi Max 2