Google had added a factory reset protection (FRP) in Android 5.1 Lollipop that aimed to make it near impossible to hack a stolen device. But YouTuber RootJunky has found a way to bypass it. Earlier this month, Google released security update for Nexus smartphones, but RootJunky has still found a way to bypass the FRP in the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 update. Also Read - Android 12 Developer Preview: Requirements, How to install and moreAlso Read - Don’t Google Search these vulnerable topics: You will thank us later
The bypass demonstrated by RootJunky on YouTube is bit complicated and involves more than 10 steps, but nonetheless seems doable. To bypass FRP, you need to disable your Wi-Fi during the set up initially. This can make the smartphone skip the FRP check. Then you have to add another account in the device. During the process you have to download an APK and log in through browser. Also Read - Google Recorder Web app released, allows Pixel users to access all recordings on desktop
The bypass allows you to add any account on the device despite the FRP. Once you have entered your password to the added account, you can fully use the device. You can check out the entire process in the video below. As said earlier, the process seems bit tedious, though it still kind of works. Google should definitely roll out an update before this loophole is exploited for malicious purposes.
Those who are unaware about the FRP, it is basically a feature that prevents anyone from wiping and factory resetting your smartphone if it is stolen or lost. The device makes it compulsory to enter an account that is linked to the device. The feature rolled out with Android Lollipop 5.1.